With more than 15 years of experience in the field of ITS Tom Alkim has been a constant factor for Rijkswaterstaat in exploring the opportunities to improve their primary processes in general and active traffic management in particular by looking for innovative solutions. Not for the sake of innovation itself but to improve traffic flow in The Netherlands in terms of throughput, safety and environmental impact.
Representing Rijkswaterstaat as a pro-active road operator striving to be a front runner in Europe regarding C-ITS and Automated Driving his focus is on cooperation. Cooperation with industry, knowledge institutes and public organizations on a national as well as on an international level. He has been active in several national field operational tests, European projects, was a co-organisor of the Cooperative Mobility Showcase 2010 and is one of the founding fathers of DITCM (Dutch Integrated Testsite Cooperative Mobility). Currently he is part of the governmental team responsible for Automated Driving in The Netherlands, his main task here is the knowledge agenda (http://knowledgeagenda.connekt.nl/engels). During the Dutch Presidency of the EU in 2016 the team was responsible for organizing the Declaration of Amsterdam, the Experience and the EU Truck Platooning Challenge.
These and many more activities have contributed to a national policy that embraces connected, cooperative and automated mobility.