Who?

The consortium

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

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.

TRI-VIZOR NV

TRI-VIZOR NV is a Belgian SME and was originally a spin-off company of the University of Antwerp founded in 2008. As the world’s first impartial orchestrator for transport and logistics, TRI-VIZOR proactively prepares designs and operates horizontal partnerships and collaborative communities among shippers.

In its role as neutral orchestrator, TRI-VIZOR prepares, involves and supports companies in the processes of creation (as ‘architect’) and managing (as ‘trustee’) horizontal collaboration partnerships and platforms. Throughout the last years, TRIVIZOR has acquired a unique and strong reputation in cross company horizontal collaboration and consolidation. It has grown to a leading reference for horizontal collaboration project, i.e. the World’s first cross supply chain orchestrator.

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.

AEROSPACE VALLEY

Aerospace Valley is the biggest European non-profit competitiveness cluster dedicated to aeronautics, space and drones. The cluster geographically covers two adjacent regional authorities in the South-West of France: Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie. Aerospace Valley gathers 860 members from industry and research including amongst others 500 SMEs as well as large corporate groups and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), the major aerospace research establishments, engineering schools and local authorities.

The purpose of Aerospace Valley is to leverage the competitiveness and visibility of all its members, both on the national and international scene and to foster the development of collaborative initiatives. It provides a specific support to SMEs helping them to take part in collaborative projects with industry leaders, investors, and research organisations.

ASSOCIACIO RAIL GRUP

As a non-profit association Railgrup has become a benchmark cluster not only in the railway ecosystem but in the transport sector in general. Through innovation, technological excellence, cross-sectoral knowledge and the development of joint projects, we help our members establishing key points and improving their business competitiveness.

Railgrup has different workgroups and currently gathers more than 105 members including public operators, engineering firms, start-ups, sensor-mobility systems, OEMs, cybersecurity and rail infrastructure suppliers. Through different workshops the aim is to spread knowledge, raise awareness, explore challenges ahead in a railway mobility context.

 

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.

Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe, ALICE AISBL – ALICE

The European Technology Platform ALICE is set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. The platform supports, assists and advises the European Commission into the implementation of EU Programs for research and innovation in the logistics sector. ALICE has more than 150 members representing industry, government, research and civil society.

ALICE was created in the frame of WINN project having the European Green Cars Initiative (logistics section) and EIRAC, European Intermodal Research Advisory Council, as background and supporting initiatives. ALICE was officially recognized as a European Technology Platform by the European Commission in July 2013 and is based on the recognition of the need for an overarching view on logistics and supply chain planning and control, in which shippers and logistics service providers closely collaborate to reach efficient logistics and supply chain operations.

 

EURA AG

As a technology and innovation consultancy operating throughout Europe, EurA AG supports the market leaders of tomorrow in the innovation process since 20 years: from research and development of new products to market launch and international marketing of innovations. EurA AG accelerates innovations with the help of regional, state and European subsidies, implements cross-sectoral technology transfer and manages more than 50 national and international innovation networks in which entrepreneurial developments and associations from science and industry are initiated.

EurA AG agitates through cooperation, investment, partnerships and is supporting top-innovators for their business acceleration. The Corporate Innovation Services of EurA AG offer a very focused and direct, and therefore very effective service to promote positive innovation and corporate culture in companies. EurA AG assists highly innovative Start-ups, research organisations, large corporates and high tech SMEs as „hidden champions“ from all over Europe.

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.

CROWDFUNDINGHUB

CrowdfundingHub is a consultancy firm specialised in alternative finance and community ownership solutions based in Amsterdam. CrowdfundingHub provides alternative finance solutions for SMEs by promoting and developing community ownership solutions for employees, customers and local stakeholders to co-invest and co-own local projects and businesses in renewable energy, food production, nature based solutions and real estate. The company works with a network of alternative finance specialists in Europe and initiates regular pan-European research projects.

CrowdfundingHub is participating in several projects funded by the European Commission, with the objective of promoting alternative finance, crowdfunding and community ownership. The company is currently involved as expert partner in projects such as Altfinator, CrowdThermal, DivAirCity and Hub-IN and is coordinator of several projects for the Dutch government, such as Stichting MKB Financiering and the European Centre of Alternative Finance at Utrecht University.

EIT KIC Urban Mobility, s.l.

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 EIT has been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. EIT aims to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility.

EIT Urban Mobility is a new organisation with a new way of working. It is gathering all the key players in the field of urban mobility to encourage them to work together to develop innovative solutions to the mobility challenges cities are facing. In January 2019 when EIT Urban Mobility was officially launched, the community already consisted of a total of 85 organisations, including city councils, companies, universities and research centres from 16 European countries.

BABLE GmbH

BABLE stands as Europe's neutral facilitator for Smart City implementations and acts as a connecting point for municipalities, businesses, and experts to bring Smart Cities innovations to scale. BABLE offers a free, open exchange platform to connect the Smart City Community and a portfolio of consulting services to support the roll-out of smart and sustainable solutions.

The BABLE Platform provides high-quality crowd-sourced content and a unique set of features and digital tools that enable companies, public authorities, and experts to openly collaborate and exchange lessons learned. Through its unique ontology, the BABLE Platform links together innovative Products with Use Cases as reference projects as well as vendor-neutral expert-curated Solution Packages, which serve as blueprints for project replication and procurement of innovation. In this way, the platform can match demand and supply while providing greater transparency, enhancing economic potential, and opening new business opportunities.

European Inlandwaterwaytransport Platform

Thanks to continuous efforts of EBU and ESO, the two associations representing the interests of ”Inland Shipping Entrepreneurs“, succeeded in having EC regulation 718/1999 amended. In practice this means that since mid 2014 the fund originally intended to be used for Community- fleet capacity policy can also be used to adapt vessels to technical progress, including higher environmental standards. For all these purposes the joint platform “European IWT Platform” was established.

This separate legal entity will be coordinated by the two associations and it will strengthen the industry by participating pro-actively in the decision-making processes related to the areas covered by IWT’s Committees. Committees are focusing on: human capital, greening of the fleet, nautical technical aspects, safety and security and last but not least digitalization/automation.