TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO’s unique position is attributable to its versatility and capacity to integrate this knowledge.
TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society.
Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society.
The focus of TNO lies on seven themes: healthy living; industrial innovation; defence, safety and security; energy; transport and mobility; built environment; information society.
We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. As ‘knowledge brokers’ we advise our customers, moreover, on finding the optimum solutions that are geared precisely to the questions they have.
In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. If the government can create more effective policy. And if it really helps people and organisations.
TNO is one of the five Mentoring Partners, in the INNOVAge project. The second INNOVAge Study Visit was held in the Netherlands and organised by TNO (21st-22nd of June 2012).
TNO seeks to share good practices for independent living, with a focus on the end user and on the multiple stakeholders involved in active ageing.
The INNOVAge project fits the knowledge of TNO well, within multiple themes. Within healthy living we are committed to a combination of technological and social innovation to enable a healthier participation in society. In industrial innovation, we aim for a new level of competitiveness for industry. Lastly, the focus of built environment lies on a sustainable urban living climate. The combination of all three is extremely relevant for eco-innovation in the field of independent living for the elderly.
TNO has developed a model to help organize and coordinate the societal business case and (social) return on investment of home automation with high impact on policy level.