SMART CITY STRATEGY Helsinki actively forms partnerships with residents’ organizations and with everyone interested in developing and vitalizing the city. Besides being a service organization, Helsinki is a platform and the world’s most progressive public sector ecosystem. Helsinki develops digital solutions, which make it easy for residents to follow and engage in matters of interest and concern to themselves, regardless of whether they are the city’s or other actors’. Helsinki’s operating model is based on openness and transparency. Helsinki is the world’s leading city in opening up and utilizing public data. Traffic infrastructure investments are made to secure the functionality of the entire traffic and transport system and infrastructure. The share of travel made on sustainable means of transport will be increased. All modes of transport will be developed and those kinds of transport that are key to business will be secured. The city addresses the implementation of accessible e-services and the utilization of digitalization, artificial intelligence, and robotization. E-services are primary and are available regardless of date or time. A good user experience of the city to its citizens is created through a combination of design, digitalism, and dialogue. CITY CHALLENGES Helsinki strives to combine renewable energy sources with energy efficiency in an optimal way, both in individual buildings and in areas. Traffic emissions will be reduced across the city’s transport system by promoting both cycling and pedestrianism and by raising the share of e-vehicles and buses and rail transport. Helsinki paves the way for a strong surge in the number of e-vehicles by enabling the market-driven construction of a public charging infrastructure. The use of renewable energy sources will be increased on both a large and small scale. Helsinki is looking for solutions e.g. to the following challenges by utilizing IoT and open data together with user friendly solutions. Helsinki reduces the disadvantages of poor air quality by demonstrating the link between air quality and quality of life, by creating a model to avoid poor air quality areas (outdoor and indoor) and-by an option to select the walking and cycling route after air quality in Journey Planner based on real-time air quality data. The other target in Helsinki is to reduce traffic-related emissions based on real-time data and real time traffic control to create a model for motorists. Gamification can offer solution to change the behavior.
CONTRIBUTIONS OF IOT SOLUTIONS TO SOLVE THE CITY CHALLENGES For city dwellers SynchroniCity offers real-life pilots, where IoT enables new solutions e.g. improved route planning that takes into account air quality, noise level and even vacancy of pram or wheel chair spots on trams. For businesses, the project offers the opportunity to take part in the open calls for either service or device level innovations. For Helsinki it is a great opportunity to learn from the experiences of other cities and put forth the expertise the city and the business-ecosystem around it already has on APIs and data-driven business. Not to mention all the knowhow Helsinki region has on the device and hardware side.” SynchroniCity continues the work of Forum Virium’s previous harmonization projects like CitySDK and Six City Strategy’s Open Data and APIs spearhead project, EU funded SynchroniCity project brings cities together to share best practices on IoT API definitions, strategy papers, guidelines and successful use cases. RELEVANCE FOR THE CITIZENS Helsinki underlines ecological values and, consequently, strives to join the C40 climate network of the leading cities of the world. Helsinki profiles itself as an internationally networked pioneering local implementer of global responsibilities. Helsinki takes its own responsibility for the prevention of climate change seriously and ambitiously. Helsinki sets the goal of reducing emissions by 60 per cent by 2030, and brings forward its target of carbon neutrality to 2035 instead of 2050, as earlier. Helsinki is preparing for a possible decision by the State to forbid the use of coal in energy production. The carbon neutrality goal is set in a way that corresponds to general practice in Finland. Emission reductions and circular economy projects will be carried out in Helsinki in tandem with the business community and residents. Helsinki wants to increasingly actively serve as a platform for interesting and successful innovations that generate new potential exports.
  • FinEst Smart Mobility: the Helsinki-Tallinn connection is a busy sea lane: ferries transport over 8 million passengers, close to 1.3 million cars, and 300,000 trucks between the cities – the capitals of Finland and Estonia – in a year. The numbers are on a steady rise. To better serve the expanding traffic, five new smart mobility solutions are being tested in pilot projects at downtown passenger terminals of the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn. The solutions are expected to smooth out traffic flows and to make the transit more dynamic and pleasant for travelers.
  • Env&You: ambiciti strives for more comprehensive knowledge about pollution in Helsinki Project integrates new censoring technology in Helsinki. Also, the project develops a new calculation model utilizing several open data sources. With the help of the new calculating model more accurate air quality forecasts can be done for the benefit of citizens and city authorities. There is an increasing desire from the citizens to better know their individual exposure to pollution. Env&You project maps out pollution on individual, local and daily levels. Aim is to gather more accurate information of the environment to support wellbeing of citizens.
  • SmAll – developing mobility as a service: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) creates a new way of combining different kinds of mobility services into new service packages. International SmAll (Mobility as a service for all) project develops and pilots new mobility services and backend components in Italy. Forum Virium Helsinki acts as an advisor in the project.
  • LumiPark – Integrating parking and smart lighting in Helsinki: LumiPark aims to improve parking and traffic control in Helsinki. More efficient utilization of urban infrastructure will lead to enjoyable, livable and healthy spaces, making city more attractive.
  • Integrated parking monitoring in outdoor lighting fixtures provides information with high granularity enabling parking services for city owners and city users. The data helps drivers to find parking places more efficiently
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Kaisa Sibelius City Representative: Helsinki