NTU and TNO extend joint research on Cyber Security with Smart Mobility

Singapore – Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore and The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) announced today to extend their collaboration. After the start on Cyber Security in 2015, both parties decided to collaborate also on Smart Mobility solutions. The collaboration was formalized today by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties.


The MoU was signed in Singapore by Professor Theng Yin Leng, Research Director at the Research Strategy and Coordination Unit (President’s Office), NTU Singapore, and Mr. Paul de Krom, Chief Executive Officer, TNO. The signing ceremony was witnessed by deputy head of mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Hans Akerboom. The MoU signing was part of a joint executive mission to Singapore focused on Cyber Security and Urbanisation.



Singapore has expressed its ambitions to become the world’s first Smart Nation. Smart Mobility solutions are a key element in this strategy, leading to less congestion, a reduction of emissions and safer roads. TNO achieved a European leading position in Smart Mobility solutions; it established the largest Connected Vehicles (V2X) testbed in Europe (2009), leading to the first connected automated passenger car platooning test on a public road (2012) and the first live truck platooning demonstrations (2015).


On the other hand, NTU is also Singapore’s largest Smart Mobility test bed for V2X technologies, which was launched last year in partnership with NXP Semiconductors, a technology leader in secure connected cars headquartered in the Netherlands. TNO’s track record combined with NTU, creates a strong proposition for the realisation of Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions.Furthermore, this extended partnership will accelerate Smart Mobility innovations and expects to create significant business opportunities for both countries.


NTU Vice-President (Alumni and Advancement) Professor Lee Sing Kong said: “NTU Singapore has a strong track record for collaboration with government and industry and is on the cutting-edge of research and development for sustainable and smart technologies. Together with TNO, we hope to expand the scope and impact of our research to develop innovative solutions that can tackle challenges of future transportation and an aging population for Singapore and Netherlands, as well as for all urban cities worldwide.”


“International collaboration is the key to success in our global economy” Paul de Krom, CEO TNO, adds. “It is essential for TNO’s ambition to accelerate innovation, boost the competitive strength of industries and enhance the well-being of society in a sustainable way. Singapore as a hub, and the strategic partnership with NTU in particular, is crucial for the realization of our ambitions in The Netherlands and Singapore, as well as in the rest of the world.”



A first MoU between NTU and TNO was signed in 2015 and focused on Cyber Security. First results are achieved to develop a Cyber Resilient Nation and solutions for law enforcement to combat cybercrime. Technologies to improve detection of targeted cyber-attacks, to collaborate on cyber threat intelligence and to improve attack and threat attribution were demonstrated in April 2016. Given the experienced mutual benefits and successful collaboration between the two organizations, this new MoU is another important step forward to strengthen this partnership with a broader perspective.




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Innovation Manager at TNO Singapore

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