The consortium consists of 15 organizations from 7 European countries. All ENTRANCE partners are strongly involved in the transport and mobility sector, each within their own mission and business area.
The consortium has a long track record in EU funded projects, including many CSAs, and is very well connected to the EU initiatives in the transport area. The consortium constitutes the perfect combination of competences which covers the entire transport and mobility sector. The partners represent all relevant stakeholder groups and ensure the direct contact with all relevant European transport and mobility initiatives and associations.
The composition of the project partners combines expertise from the areas of innovation management consultancies, the financing sector, transport and mobility associations in all transport modes (road, rail, air and water) as well as experienced IT company developers.
PNO is specialised in Innovation Management, providing support services to private and public organisations in innovation processes, technology transfer, project management, and funding for research, development and innovation. PNO Group is made up of a pool of more than 400 professionals across 7 Member States, including scientists, engineers, consultants, Brussels policy advisory service, as well as financial and IT experts. The growth of the company can be attributed to a unique combination of services, based on profound insight in research and innovation strategies, up-to-date knowledge and nearly 30 years of experience.
Along with a wide European client base, PNO has a relevant and extensive network that is guaranteed by several innovation and support actions that the company coordinates and executes in the framework of European Funding Programmes. In fact, PNO is involved in and coordinates numerous coordination, research and innovation projects aimed at creating new innovative solutions, awareness creation, business consultancy, and technology transfer activities.
INNOVATION ENGINEERING SRL
Innovation Engineering S.r.l. is a private company located in Rome, Naples, Milan (Italy) and The Netherlands (Rijswijk) focused on the design and development of advanced IT solution to search, access and manage relevant knowledge within enterprises, on the web, and in structured databases, with specific focus on the technology innovation domain.
The company (ISO-9001 certified) focuses on robust methodologies and IT solutions based on Java language and Open Source, to drive innovation through the search, manage and analyses of information that should be translated into valuable knowledge. The Innovation Engineering team couples a longstanding expertise in the development of IT solutions, with a consolidated knowledge in the innovation domain within enterprises and extended enterprises’ framework. Innovation Engineering’s clients include private companies as well as large governmental bodies where a full set of knowledge management tools needs to be developed.
ITS NORGE – NORSK FORENING FOR MULTIMODALE INTELLIGENTE TRANSPORT SYSTEMER OG TJENESTER
ITS Norway is a membership association for all actors in the transportation industry. The association has about 70 members from all modes of transport, research, industries, and from public transportation agencies. The network covers passengers and freight operations in all modes; sea, air, rail and road. ITS Norway has activities in Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen in addition to a growing interest from Kongsberg and Bodø. The association is running several platforms/conferences/expert networks like ITS in tunnels, Open data, eNavigation and Smart Cities. ITS Norway is a member of The European Technology Platform ALICE and ITS Nationals.
The organisation works with government authorities, research institutes and universities in order to foster and expand the knowledge-base and stimulate education and training within the ITS-sector. ITS Norway’s activities are framed by trends like Autonomous driving, Cooperative Systems, Emission-Free Vehicles and Smarter Mobility.
INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE ARAGÓN
Located in the Northeast of Spain, Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón is a non-profit technology centre whose main objective is to promote competitiveness in the industrial sector by means of the development, acquisition, adaptation, transfer and diffusion of innovative technologies. Its staff is composed of 231 employees. Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón has five technological divisions: Materials and Components, Mechatronics and Robotics, Power Electronics Systems, ICT for Industrial Processes, and Big Data and IA Technologies.
Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón is member of the Enterprise Europe Network since its inception in 2008. The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions, funded by the European Commission. The support services are focused in helping companies innovate and grow on an international scale. The Network provides its services in more than 60 countries worldwide.
VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE LOGISTIEK VZW
VIL is a non-profit member-organisation that harbours some 620 logistics stakeholders, of which about 66% are SME’s. The primary focus of VIL lies with innovative projects and their subsequent valorisation. For the 2020-2022 period, VIL, together with its members, has defined 4 domains in which such projects will be conducted: digital transformation, green supply chains, hinterland connectivity and last mile logistics.
VIL is Flanders’ innovation spearhead cluster for logistics. It is the region’s reference when it comes to company-oriented innovation in logistics and will remain so for the coming decade, supported by a Covenant with the Flanders government. VIL is also increasing its international efforts and focuses on co-ordination and collaboration with international cluster organisations and coaching its cluster members while participating in European projects itself or support its members by directly joining various consortia.
European Shippers’ Council
The European Shippers’ Council, established in 1963, is a non-profit European organisation representing cargo owners i.e. freight transport interests of around 75.000 companies throughout Europe, whether manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers (import and export, intercontinental). Collectively they are referred to as ‘shippers’ as neutral user of transport (all modes: air; road, rail, waterborne). The global European Shippers’ Council´s
network consists of national shippers’ associations, European commodity trade association (e.g. chemical, steel, paper) and corporate members among which well-known multinational brands.
European Shippers’ Council aims at creating a level playing field in Europe and between continents and works closely with Asian Shippers’ Association (ASA), American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), together forming the Global Shippers Alliance (GSA). European Shippers’ Council runs expert policy ‘councils’ in which harmonisation issues are discussed ranging from measurable freight KPI’s to trade facilitation and labour laws.