Schiphol, nlmtd and TNW combine innovative strengths for the airport of the future

Royal Schiphol Group, nlmtd and TNW (The Next Web) are teaming up to further accelerate innovation at the airport. nlmtd and TNW have extensive in-house expertise and a large, global network of start-ups and innovation partners that Schiphol can draw upon. The collaboration starts this spring with a trial involving self-driving buses. 

We need innovation to achieve our ambition: to become the world’s most sustainable airport. We anticipate that daily operations on Schiphol's apron will have changed significantly by 2050. Ground-based activities such as baggage transport, passenger transport and aircraft towing will not only be clean, but also smart and autonomous. We have already taken the first steps in this field with TNW and nlmtd. We will conduct a trial of self-driving buses on Schiphol's apron this spring. That way, we can determine what follow-up steps are needed in the future. 

Jan Zekveld, head of innovation at Royal Schiphol Group

Royal Schiphol Group's ambition to create the world's most sustainable, high-performance airports and thereby make a global impact on making the aviation sector more sustainable is inspiring. This is an ambition we are happy to contribute to and for which we can help mobilise the global Innovation Ecosystem. Self-driving busses are a first project we are collaborating on, and after that we will quickly pick up the pace by consistently connecting Schiphol with the best possible partners.

Pieter Paul van Oerle, founder of nlmtd partner Ecosystem Orchestration

We are delighted to help Schiphol accelerate their innovation projects. Where many companies scale back their innovation efforts in difficult times, Schiphol sees innovation as a solution. We can't wait to find solutions in the market that enable autonomous transport or make work lighter for employees, and to collaborate with external innovators to improve air quality. Our goal is to help Schiphol become a more sustainable and future-proof organisation, and we are confident that this collaboration will contribute to that.

Director of TNW Programs, Arno Nijhof

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About the Innovation Hub at Royal Schiphol Group 

To become the world's most sustainable and high-quality airport, we are working towards the following goals: increasing the quality of our service, network and living environment. To achieve these ambitions, Schiphol Group is investing heavily in innovation. This is done in close cooperation with various partners such as airlines, handlers, start-ups and universities. The Innovation Hub focuses on validating new solutions for a future-proof airport. 

About nlmtd 

nlmtd helps organisations become future-proof. We do this by creating a learning organisation in co-creation. We adopt a progressive approach; doing business together to make a positive impact. Our entrepreneurial experts inspire organisations to improve, renew and change. And then, in co-creation, we achieve these objectives, resulting in a future-proof organisation. We come up with ideas, and then we take action.  

About TNW Programs 

TNW Programs is a digital transformation and innovation consultancy and part of TNW. TNW connects companies, governments, investors and start-ups to foster innovation and accelerate sustainability and digital transformation. Their services include innovation consulting, market research, business innovation and start-up matchmaking. Using a data-driven approach and cutting-edge technologies, TNW Programs provides effective solutions for clients, such as IKEA, Vodafone, Nestlé and now Schiphol, looking to develop new products, enter new markets or improve existing processes.