We have a single focus on algorithms, software and operational know-how for mobility applications in strategic transport planning, traffic engineering and mobility management.
Aimsun company history
Follow our journey from a university research lab team to an international mobility software and services company.
Members of the former LIOS (Simulation and Operations Research Laboratory) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) develop a microsimulator prototype. This microsimulator is eventually named AIMSUN2 (Advanced Interactive Microscopic Simulator for Urban and Non-Urban Networks).
The company, originally known as TSS-Transport Simulation Systems, is officially founded on 11th November 1997. Technical development continues at the university lab but TSS opens an office in c/Tarragona in Barcelona, with a tiny core team dedicated to commercializing the software. TSS sells AIMSUN within a simulation environment called GETRAM (Generic Environment for Traffic Analysis and Modeling), which also contains a traffic network graphical editor (TEDI), a network database, a module for storing results and an Application Programming Interface for interfacing assignment models.
Release of GETRAM 4.0
TSS moves to a larger office on c/París in central Barcelona and begins to grow, steadily bringing in new developers – many of whom are still with us today
TSS moves to a larger head office in Barcelona on Passeig de Gràcia. There are separate departments for Development, Projects, Marketing, Accounts and Management
GETRAM becomes AIMSUN NG (New Generation), the world’s first integrated macroscopic and microscopic traffic modelling software; the package also includes integrated editing and simulation
Aimsun Online pilot project in Singapore
AIMSUN NG drops the caps and becomes Aimsun, adding mesoscopic simulation and Dynamic User Equilibrium assignment to the toolbox of version 6
Aimsun 6.1 integrates Legion’s pedestrian simulation engine as an Aimsun plug-in
The first branch office opens – in New York City
Branch office opens in Paris, France
Aimsun 7 includes hybrid mesoscopic-microscopic simulation
Aimsun Online selected as platform for DSS in Interstate 15 San Diego ICM project
We open a new branch office in Sydney, Australia
Aimsun 8 incorporates full support for four-step travel demand modelling
I-15 Integrated Corridor Management project in San Diego wins the 2013 ITS America award for Best Innovation
May: CTF award for Operational Efficiency Program of the Year, awarded to I-15 Integrated Corridor Management project in San Diego.
July: Our UK branch opens in London
June: Aimsun 8.1 is launched, with a focus on enhanced visualisation and version control
October: A second US branch office opens in Portland, OR
November 1st: Barcelona head office relocates to larger headquarters on Ronda Universitat
To celebrate the company’s 20th birthday and move in line with industry changes, TSS rebrands and becomes Aimsun. Aimsun software becomes Aimsun Next, and Aimsun Online becomes Aimsun Live
Aimsun opens an office in Singapore
Our logos through time
One of the first logos
Then it went red
Then the official TSS company logo came along
Then the Aimsun logo started spinning
Then it went blue
Then we kicked that spin into shape
And we injected a bit of Aimsun Online lime green!
In 2017 we rebranded and this is the new company logo – clean, simple, and dynamic
Aimsun Next timeline
Over the last 20 years, Aimsun Next has evolved from a microsimulator to a fully integrated traffic modeling platform:
Click to enlarge: the evolution of Aimsun Next mobility modeling software
Aimsun has offices in Barcelona, London, New York City, Paris, Portland, Singapore and Sydney