The Smart City API Cook Book is out

The Smart City APIs Cook Book introduces to you the opportunities APIs offer for cities, developers and companies.

SELECT open call launches in February

SELECT for Cities lays forth a competition open to all European companies to develop an open, standardized, data-driven, service-oriented and user-centric platform that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE applications and services. Tender documents for the competition will be launched in February 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Forum Virium Helsinki warmly thanks all collaborators and partners on highly fruitful cooperation during 2016! It has been a privilege to work with you all, in creating Smart City innovations and among others in boosting experiments, piloting, data-driven business, co-creation with the whole urban community.

LumiPark integrates parking and smart lighting in Helsinki

LumiPark aims to improve parking and traffic control in Helsinki. The project pilots new technological solutions for parking. LumiPark integrates smart outdoor lighting and parking monitoring into one smart city service.

Barcelona Smart City Congress 2016

Barcelona Smart City Congress 2016 brought together over 16000 visitors, 591 exhibitors and 420 speakers to share knowledge, debate the challenges faced by our cities.

Co-Op City redevelopment plan awarded in an innovation competition

The Co-Op City redevelopment plan for the Kera – industrial site in Espoo – won the second prize in the Nordic Built Cities competition on the 3 November 2016. The plan would turn this site owned by S Group from a logistics centre into a sustainable neighbourhood. Forum Virium Helsinki was involved in producing the award-winning proposal.

CreatiFI Portofolio booklet has been published

CreatiFI is proudly presenting 18 finalist of the Open Call 2 and Creative Ring Challenge in a new CreatiFI Portfolio booklet.

FinEst Smart Mobility Minipilot Tender

FinEst Smart Mobility looks for technology, solution, business model or concept that could solve the evolving traffic issues in Helsinki West Harbor and Tallinn Old City harbor.

Join DataBusiness Challenge!

The six largest cities in Finland want to support the development of new user based services by arranging an open data innovation competition, DataBusiness Challenge. The aim is to encourage developers, entrepreneurs and startups to start utilizing the existing open datasets and interfaces offered by the six cities.

CreatiFI: Accelerating new business for creative industries 

CreatiFI project for creative industries has been one of 16 EU-funded accelerator programs, to promote FIWARE technology and support companies to implement and create new solutions based on FIWARE enablers.

6Aika Open Data and Interfaces – Making our data your business

Opening up public data has the potential to offer fuel for companies to make money with new apps and services. The six biggest cities in Finland are committed to opening up their data and encourage its commercial use.

Junction – Europe’s biggest hackathon is right on the corner

Junction is Europe’s leading hackathon and a converging point for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs from across the world. Held on November 25-27 in Helsinki, the city of Helsinki and the Six City Strategy cast out three challenges around Healthtech, Intelligent buildings and Future mobility for Junction participants.

The first cross-national PCP project successfully completed

The SILVER project had the ambitious goal of establishing and executing, the first multiple member state Pre-Commercial Procurement within the European Union.

6Aika – Six Finnish cities join forces to become better and smarter

The Six City Strategy 
is implemented with cooperative projects which enable the cities to experiment in a larger context than just one city. They engage the
 whole urban community to create smarter and more viable cities.

Helsinki – a forerunner of open data

The Helsinki region has showed entire Europe the way in opening public data reserves. Now profitable business is being built on top of open information.

SILVER: LEA testing – what we learned?

In the third phase of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement the LEA Care robot was successfully tested in all partnering countries. The testing phase was launched in April by City of Oulu and was finalized by the City of Stockport in August 2016.

Helsinki Smart City Awards 2016

The Helsinki city bikes, the Varaamo space booking service, the Respa space booking API and the Whim mobility service app are examples of services utilizing digitalization that make urban living easier and more fun. The first Helsinki Smart City Awards were handed out in September 2016 by the City of Helsinki and Forum Virium Helsinki.

SOHJOA – Robot buses to the streets of Helsinki

Automated last mile buses will enter the public roads in Finland already during the summer 2016 to solve the challenges of urban mobility. Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the partners in the project.

bIoTope – Internet of Things (IoT) trials in Smart Kalasatama

As part of the EU-supported bIoTope project, various Internet of Things trials and pilots will be run in Kalasatama.

Env&You – Ambiciti strives for more comprehensive knowledge about pollution in Helsinki

Env&You -project integrates new technology measuring air quality and pollution levels to the city. The project also develops new calculation models helping to make more accurate air quality forecasts.

Kotisatama: Housing Community for Elderly People

Kotisatama is a housing community for mid-life and elderly people in urban surroundings in Helsinki. Co-living models has been implemented in Kotisatama, where also new smart services and sharing of joint spaces of the building are an everyday thing already.