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Edwin Mermans works for the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands and The New Mobility Services (NMS) initiative. The NMS is part of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities. Purpose is large-scale deployment of new mobility services in smart cities enabled by CCAM, C-ITS and MaaS to contribute to wealthy, healthy, clean, spacious, liveable and accessible cities. The essence of NMS is organising a learning-by-doing community in which all European stakeholders are involved to create market and impact in cities and for citizens. Early 2019 more than 180 registered partners from governments, industry, research and civil society work in 7 working groups on concrete challenges. The working groups are: On Demand Last Mile, Smart Parking Solutions, Intelligent Speed Assistance, Urban Freight Transport, Traffic Management of the Future, Excellent Governance for New Mobility Services and Smart Cycling and Walking.

Edwin Mermans is senior advisor international affairs at the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure from the Province of Noord-Brabant (NL). He is working on the Trans-European Transport Network, Mobility as a Service / Smart Mobility and Sustainable Urban Mobility. Edwin is coordinating the European ‘New Mobility Services’ (NMS) initiative as part of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC). He has a background as a journalist and is experienced in integrating social media in innovation processes. Edwin Mermans has experience in a wide range of European programmes, projects and networks. He is fascinated by the role of governments in dealing with societal challenges – to create value – by building multi helix learning ecosystems using design-thinking concepts.

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