Northernlands 2 - The Smart Mobility Embassy: the gateway to knowledge and experience in the Netherlands
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Hello, my name is Mieke Masselink. I work for Connekt
Specifically for the Smart Mobility
Embassy. And today we're talking about mobility in modern cities.
I would like to give you an idea of what is happening in
the Netherlands when it comes to developing and deploying smart
and green mobility.
I work for Connekt and Connekt is public Private Network
Organization for Smart Mobility and sustainable logistics in the
Netherlands. Connekt is as the word says connecting and
aligning government agencies, universities, research
organisations and private companies.
And so we are a triple helix network so to say.
And we play an active role in initiating and accelerating
innovation projects and developments for the logistics
and mobility industry.
And one of the initiatives of Connekt is this Smart Mobility
Embassy where we mainly focus on the international collaboration.
So where are the opportunities for Dutch organizations to
expense their knowledge and expertise? Learn from others and
who are the organizations that are interested in collaborating
with the Dutch? That's what we try to connect. So the Smart
Mobility Embassy is
the ecosystem that organises the Dutch proposition abroad and
connects with other countries, regions, cities, institutes and
companies to really discover what we can learn from each
other and how we can make our mobility system smarter and
more sustainable. And why do you want to do it? Because there
are quite some challenges.
Nowadays, if you look at when we talking about modern cities.
How do we keep our cities more livable? We are
looking for less congestion on the roads.
We want less emissions.
We want more space for recreation to spend time with
our family in a green area.
But at the same time we order online and we want a package to
be delivered as soon as possible and we want our supermarkets to
be filled with fresh food.
I want to be flexible and have access to mobility - move from
A to B when and wherever we want.
And those are some conflicting goals, and I
think that's the challenge for all of us now that we
should be working on.
And when we talk about modern cities today, I can't just skip
the whole coronavirus and not talk about that. Because
everyone is adapting and finding ways to deal with this crisis.
Although the consequences are difficult for all of us, this
period also presents us with an opportunity.
We have the opportunity to organise our mobility in a truly
different manner. The urgency of the situation is pretty much
clear to everyone now.
And the Connekt network is convinced that we can emerge
stronger from this crisis. We are currently working on a smart
restart plan. Where we are looking at solutions that we
should implement now, but that have a
sustainable impact on the long term as well. An example of that
is the acceleration of mobility as a service. How do you
organize that? But also for example, the mobility footprint programme
What you see is what in the logistic have been already taken
great steps with the logistics footprints. The CO2 emissions.
But I think there are some possibilities and the time is
now there for organisations to also work on their mobility
footprint. And then I see behind me
beautiful, the Netherlands.
I'd like to start talking about the basics about the Netherlands
what should you know? We're a very small country so I say were very
small. But that is quite a lot of people, so we have crowded
cities mostly on the west side of the Netherlands.
And we have the biggest harbor
in Europe. In Rotterdam. So there's a lot of import and
export through our streets going mostly to Germany but also
through our waterways. And even more now on rail as well.
Besides the port there we have another big port which is the
airport where there's a lot of busy air traffic: Schiphol the
International Airport in
Amsterdam. And everyone knows that worldwide we're worldwide
known for our biking culture. Now with the whole coronavirus,
we see that a lot of there's a lot of interest in the Dutch
expertise on biking, which is a good thing.
And why the Netherlands? So why the Netherlands is interested
when it comes to collaborate on Smart Mobility. We have a
cutting edge deployment environment. State of the art
infrastructure, facilities and
support. So a bit more about our regulatory innovation and the
proof of performance.
Well, the Netherlands combines the demanding
environments, the need to innovate. Very receptive and
open society with an attractive scale. Very small.
So that's actually the perfect combination for
the deployment of new Smart Mobility Solutions.
Then the infrastructure.
Well, there's a strong physical infrastructure our
logistics infrastructure is quite strong as I said before,
But also our EV infrastructure. For example, the
electric vehicle charging
And of course there is the digital infrastructure - the
4G coverage in the Netherlands looking now at 5G as well
but next to the physical infrastructure for all the modes
of transport and the high data connectivity in the Netherlands
we're also organized to support the introduction and deployment
of Smart Mobility Solutions. So the way we are organized is
interesting, and I think the Smart Mobility Embassy is a good
example of the feasibility proof of the how
well organized the mobility ecosystem in the Netherlands,
for example, is. Public and private parties that are
collaborating, getting together to work on certain developments
really together, and I think the Smart Mobility Embassy tries
to be that point of entry that access point for also the
international collaborations to link with what is happening in
And there's as I said, the closed public and private
partnerships. An example of that is talking traffic which is a
public private collaboration for
nationwide deployment of the cellular based CITS Services and
also, for example, the mobility as a service approach in the
Netherlands with a nationwide policy combined with seven large
scale up pilot areas.
Regulatory innovation: while the Netherlands is known for an
attractive and open attitude towards regulation
of innovations, where we also initiate projects and
challenges. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the truck
platooning challenge, for example, where we had several
companies platoon towards the harbor towards the Port of
Rotterdam. We have an experimental law on self driving
vehicles. So there there have been done quite some
testing experiments already, even in cities.
And there's quite an open source data protocols, for
example on traffic.
We have historical data and real time data that has been
collected and shared open data.
We have a road authority with a very strong international
reputation on traffic management but also on vehicle testing.
Working with a lot of international clients already,
An interesting one? There's some companies working
on the driver's license of the future for the self driving car.
And another example is the cooperative intelligence access.
Can we make use of the data to enter a city?
And who is the owner of the data? The provider should stay
the owner, so we are also developing in together with the
cities and the companies
how we can organize
this access to cities that makes it beneficial for the
cities, but also for the users that have to enter the city.
Proof of performance.
Well, I think we went over this.
When you come to the Netherlands, it's very easy
to expand to Europe.
There is an easy access to both the users, but the entire
stake holders here, for example through the Smart Mobility
Embassy, would love to help you with that, and it's good that we
have some great testing facilities to really put your
ideas and thoughts into practice and really showcase and
experiment. What's working and what is not working.
There's an overview of some of the
examples in the Netherlands.
Self driving shuttles. These are all
projects that are happening in the Netherlands, but for sure we
missed some of them. These are not all of them, but it's
interesting to see that a lot is happening.
But we also have some vehicle innovation,
which you can really see with your eyes what is happening.
That's always nice to show. We have the robot, where there's a
boat helping in the canals of
Amsterdam to help with the
logistics. But we also see this vehicle on the
streets and nowadays even more with everybody ordering online
our Dutch post office is using
The car to go. I live in Amsterdam. You see these cars
everywhere. Small electric vehicles. Shared system.
And what you see is that on the vehicle side, there's a lot of
innovation happening, but the infrastructure side is lacking a
bit in that speed, and when you try to connect and align them,
you see a lot of Micro Mobility, new solutions, the E steps
coming on the road. How do we deal with that? That are typical
discussions we would like to
have with you as well to see here what is the approach of the
Netherlands? What can we learn from your approach?
And see what works for all of us.
And it's also doesn't mean that when it works there, it
should also work there, but it's interesting to share experiences
and knowledge about that, so we're not doing everything
On our own, but
That's my presentation. Wow, for now. I would like to
thank you all for your time to watch this. And I hope you
learn something and I hope you're interested now in
talking to us to see what is happening here and how we can
work together, probably. I will be available for the Q&A, so I
hope to see you there. If there are any questions.
And I wanted to thank also the organization, and I was
very happy with a button they gave me. Keep in touch with
the Dutch. I think that's really cool. Hope to keep in
touch with you as well. Thank you very much.
Head of the Smart Mobility Embassy community
Mieke Masselink works for Connekt as Head of the Smart Mobility Embassy community. Connekt is a Dutch public-private network organization in trusted collaboration for Dutch industry, science and government, with a strong international focus on smart mobility & sustainable logistics. Mieke joined Connekt in 2015 and became the Head of New Business, focusing mainly on international collaborations. She organized multiple trade missions, study trips and events with the aim of creating a greater impact on society with smart mobility solutions initiated and accelerated through collaboration. Since 2020 Mieke has been leading the Smart Mobility Embassy, which focuses specifically on sharing Dutch knowledge and experiences in smart & green mobility.
Nothernlands 2 is a collaboration between ODI Leeds and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the start of activity to create, support, and amplify the cultural links between The Netherlands and the North of England. It is with their generous and vigourous support, and the support of other energetic organisations, that Northernlands can be delivered.