Viktoria Swedish ICT was founded in 1997 on the initiative of the industry in West Sweden, with Ericsson and Volvo as dominating partners. Research was initially focused on developing platforms and applications for mobile services, and Viktoria quickly gained international reputation as an innovative and important center for mobility research.
In 4 years, the mobility research at Viktoria, managed by Bo Dahlbom, Lars Erik Holmquist, and Fredrik Ljungberg, produced a wealth of innovative platforms and applications, theoretical contributions, seven PhDs and a handful of new companies. In 2001, the original mobile informatics research group divided into four groups with different foci: telematics, public safety, future applications lab, and (at the IT university) remote diagnostics. Since then, the Viktoria research has been increasingly geared towards action research projects on transport management and security in collaboration with both industrial and societal actors (e.g., Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Services, Mecel, Scania, the Swedish Police, Saab Automobile, Volvo). This research direction has proved to be successful both at the international research scene and in terms of product development and industry standards development.
Since 2006 we are now integrating the core competencies of the Viktoria research groups in a concerted effort, with a powerful conceptual framework and a timely application area: automotive and transport services.