Eddy Zwier MSc
- Technology transfer
- Corporate venturing
The Netherlands has the busiest rail network in the European Union. The volume of rail traffic on our 3,500-kilometre network is twice the EU average. Knowledge and effort are required to maintain the condition and availability of the network. TNO helps to monitor the railways and mitigate damage caused by noise and vibration. We use calculations and our construction knowledge to help keep bridges and viaducts safe.
TNO makes it knowledge of railways available to national network operators and to municipal transport companies such as RET (Rotterdam), HTM (The Hague) and GVB (Amsterdam). We recently entered into an alliance with ProRail to strengthen the innovation capacity of the rail sector. In doing so we consider whether TNO's areas of expertise in other sectors could be relevant, for example: behavioural psychology could be applied to help prevent of rail suicides and the theft of copper wire along rail routes. In the latter case, image recognition technology developed for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence could also be useful.
Monitoring, vibrations and public works