HORIBA and TNO Bundle Forces to Promote Smart Emission Measurement System (SEMS)

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Cooperation aims to support industrialization and competitiveness of SEMS

In the course of the Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2018, HORIBA, a leading supplier for emission measurement and automotive test systems, and TNO, a center for applied scientific research from the Netherlands, have agreed to start a collaboration on the industrialization of Smart Emission Measurement Systems (SEMS).

SEMS is a research and monitoring methodology for measuring real-world driving emissions. It combines a measuring system with a processing software and accumulates large quantities of practical data, therefore enabling comparability of vehicles. Since 2012, this automotive sensor-based system and toolbox has been continuously developed and validated, through numerous measurements of emissions from light duty vehicles (LDV), heavy duty vehicles (HDV) and non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). 

By combining the strengths of both organizations, new possibilities for measuring real-world driving emissions will become available, through industrialization and large-scale deployment of SEMS. It will accelerate the monitoring and evaluation of actual emission performance and will provide valuable insights for improving sustainability of vehicles and machinery.

“This cooperation will make an important contribution to the competitiveness of SEMS and is a unique opportunity to strengthen our corporate success,” says Frank Heepen, Global Product Manager SEMS at HORIBA Europe GmbH.

TNO has a strong track record of more than 25 years of experience in automotive methodology development and execution of vehicle emission measurements of light and heavy-duty vehicles. HORIBA, a company with extensive knowledge and expertise on automotive research and development as well as environmental monitoring, has the experience to transform SEMS from a research and monitoring tool to a more robust and reliable commercial product.

“HORIBA's mission to contribute to a sustainable and competitive automotive industry made it a perfect partner for strategic and mutually beneficial long-term cooperation. Together we want to promote sustainability and improve the quality of life through cleaner vehicles,” explains Paul van den Avoort, Director Mobility & Logistics at TNO.


Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, President of HORIBA Europe GmbH, and Paul van den Avoort, Director Mobility and Logistics at TNO