Winners of the open call to combine forces: Improvements to winter maintenance and grit clearance

Artikkelikuva: Winners of the open call to combine forces: Improvements to winter maintenance and grit clearance

The objective is to perform a more comprehensive collection and analysis of the data available from maintenance vehicles and the environment. This way, we will be able to target resources better to where the snow, ice and street dust bother the residents the most.

During the spring, Helsinki will be experimenting with new solutions in monitoring and modelling winter maintenance and grit clearance activities. Combining various sources of data will provide comprehensive insight instead of using individual pieces of information. The data can be combined with the help of the digital twin of the city.

The joint project by Forum Virium Helsinki and Stara, the mobility digital twin as an enabler of services (LiiDi2), initiated an open call for tendering in December 2022. The goal was to find innovative solutions for the analysis of maintenance measures and circumstances. Stara’s mobile fleet and the urban environment will be utilised in the pilot as an IoT platform.

The objective of the project is to also use agile pilots to develop a city-level standardised installation model. Companies and operators could use it to effortlessly install new IoT solutions in the future.

Ten applications were received by the deadline. Five companies were selected for practical agile pilots. In addition to the feasibility of the solutions, the innovative nature and probable impact of the proposals were also assessed.

Winning companies in the LiiDi2 call for tenders

Wapice’s traffic counting based on computer vision and artificial intelligence helps analyse the impact of maintenance activities in the urban environment.

“Wapice is a Finnish software company whose solutions are used by leading industrial companies all over the world. We serve as a technological partner to our customers. We also help them make the most out of the possibilities of digitalisation.” Says Wapice’s IoT for Smart Cities Product Manager Jari Kuusisto.

The area-specific data on micro climate collected by Kaltiot expands the knowledge base for upkeep and maintenance work. It also supports decision-making in production. Data collected – in particular at the turn of the winter and spring seasons – can be used to carry out pre-emptive decisions concerning measures and equipment.

In the pilot, SWARCO collects local information on air quality both manually by using the mobile fleet and with the help of a fixed sensor. This will provide insight into the particle emissions generated by maintenance work and optimise work planning and management.

“We focus primarily on traffic that has a significant impact on air quality. We want to be a part of finding the solution to improving people’s lives and making our environment healthier.” Business Development Lead Robert Lang says.

GSGroup strives to model maintenance work phases in a new way by utilising hydraulics and bus technology.

“We strive to make our customers’ operations more agile and promote digitalisation through fleet management solutions.” Business Unit Manager Finland Pekka Naukkarinen says.

In the pilot, Oinride focuses on the analysis and visualisation of the data collection and transfer protocols of the FMS and the EN-15430-1 standard accessories of lorries.

“Oinride Oy focuses on robotics solutions in demanding environments. In this pilot, we assess the impact of the activities of the mobile fleet from the point of view of lifecycle management.” Says Oinride Oy Managing Director Ahmed Abdelazim.

Forum Virium Helsinki congratulates the winning companies and will be reporting on the progress and results as they become available in the spring.

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