Embedding in TNO saves Embedded Systems Institute for Dutch high-tech industry

January 14, 2013

As per the 1st of January, the Embedded Systems Institute (ESI) is integrated in TNO as Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO. The ESI expertise is a major enhancement of the TNO efforts in the field of design and engineering of software-intensive high-tech systems. The intensive cooperation with the Dutch high-tech industry and the strong anchoring of the ESI activities within the fundamental research of Dutch and foreign (technical) universities remains. This combination of knowledge and expertise results in new opportunities for multidisciplinary cooperation. Broadening knowledge and experience strengthens the national open innovation ecosystem and it is of great economic and social added value.

Embedded systems

An embedded system is the set of hardware and software that provides devices to operate intelligently. These systems have an increasing impact on the way we live, work and communicate. Knowledge of embedded systems is essential for the development of products and services, but also for social issues involving deployment of technology solutions.

Top sector needs HTSM

Over the past 10 years ESI has built a strategic relationship with the Dutch high-tech industry in a broad program of research and knowledge valorisation. It is an intensive collaboration with (inter) national academic partners. Within the new top sector policy, there was no room for ESI to execute its program independently. The top sector High-Tech Systems and Materials recognizes the strategic importance of state-of-the-art knowledge of embedded systems and requested TNO to continue the complete ESI program. The Ministry of Economic Affairs underlined the importance of this initiative through a transitional funding of 5 million euro's over a period of four years.

Integrated range

TNO wants to expand in the field of system innovation in software-intensive high-tech systems. 'Key drivers' are for example the 'Internet of Things', Cooperative Driving, Smart Grids and Sensor-Based Environmental Monitoring. Anton Schaaf (CEO Océ NV and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ESI) is very satisfied with the result: "By the embedding of ESI, we managed to create continuity and excellent growth opportunities on the key area of embedded systems in the top sector HTSM. All ESI partners (ASML, NXP, Océ, Philips and the technical universities of Eindhoven and Twente) welcome the new embedding and look forward to a good further cooperation".

About TNO

TNO is an independent innovation organisation. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that sustainably boost the competitive strength of industry and the welfare of society. TNO’s more than 4000 professionals work on practicable knowledge and solutions for the problems of global scarcity. TNO focuses its efforts on seven themes including Information Society. TNO researches the impact of the information society and stimulates the introduction of new services, applications and policy, based on the latest ict, media and aerospace technology.

About ESI

ESI is the national platform for open innovation in embedded systems engineering. Over the years it has built a solid reputation as a capable, reliable and highly committed partner. Its leading national and international network provides one of the best global sources of knowledge and expertise. ESI contributes to economy and society by driving advances in embedded system technology. Within this general vision, a key objective of ESI is to provide a well-directed and carefully chosen set of activities for knowledge development and transfer. The program represents the special interests of the national high-tech OEM manufacturers and small & medium enterprises. It also addresses our society's current and future needs in fields such as healthcare, safety and security, and mobility.

Wouter Leibbrandt

Director Science and Operations
+31 88 866 55 60

“Continuous innovation in methodologies, system architecture thinking and cross-disciplinary ways of working to master the ever increasing complexity are crucial to maintain and extend Europe’s and Dutch competitiveness in this strategic domain.”