Continuation of Cooperation within TrafficQuest
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Rijkswaterstaat, TNO and Delft University of Technology are preparing to sign a new cooperation agreement, which specifies that TrafficQuest will continue to bundle, develop and disseminate knowledge in the area of traffic management and traffic information in the coming three years. TrafficQuest was launched in 2009 as an initiative of Rijkswaterstaat and TNO.
The reason for setting up this centre for expertise was that Rijkswaterstaat and TNO saw a growing need for knowledge management in the field of traffic management, including the dissemination of existing knowledge to benefit future projects, field trials and research. On November 5, 2009, a formal cooperation agreement between Rijkswaterstaat and TNO was signed (but the two parties had already started work a few months earlier). Delft University of Technology recognised the relevance of TrafficQuest and joined the cooperation on May 1st, 2010.
The activities of TrafficQuest are different from the work that Rijkswaterstaat, TNO and Delft University of Technology do. They are less project and process related and focus more on the content, developing, applying and safeguarding traffic management knowledge. At the end of 2013, the cooperation agreement ended. All parties appreciated the cooperation and wished to continue it. The ambition of TrafficQuest, for the coming years, is to serve as a platform of experts in the area of traffic management and traffic information, with the aim to bring together scientific and applied research into and practical applications of traffic management and traffic information, for more effective deployment of measures.
In the platform, TrafficQuest focuses on:
- Quick response: applying traffic management and traffic information knowledge from different perspectives, to help projects and policy discussions. TrafficQuest aims to be involved in all stages of projects, but especially at the beginning, as experiences with past projects have shown that in the early stages we can contribute the most.
- Knowledge development: identifying gaps in knowledge about traffic management and traffic information, and putting scientific research topic on the agenda, as well as supervising relevant research studies. Where appropriate, TrafficQuest can (co-)finance research.
- Knowledge dissemination: making knowledge on traffic management and traffic information accessible through presentations, papers and (state-of-the-art) reports.
We will keep you posted, here at www. traffic-quest.nl!