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Helsinki Leads the Way to Create a Global Market for IoT-Enabled Urban Services

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

Forum Virium, the innovation unit of Helsinki City Group, announced in a press release its new SynchroniCity project, which took off at the beginning of 2017 and will run through until 2019.

SynchroniCity is an initiative aiming at delivering a digital single market for smart cities for Europe and beyond, enabled by Internet of Things technology.

The aim is to engage citizens in real-life pilots, where IoT enables new solutions like improved route planning – taking into account air quality, noise level and even vacancy of pram or wheel chair spots on trams. On the other hand, businesses can be the real innovators by participating in open calls for either service or device level innovations.

SynchroniCity is a €20M project (€15M from EU, €5M co-funding from industry, cities and partnering countries) involving the following cities: Eindhoven, Helsinki, Antwerp, Manchester, Porto, Santander, Milan and Carouge (Geneve), together with Léon (Mexico), Seongnam (South Korea), Portland (US) and a number of Brazilian cities. It involves 34 organisations – public, private, NGOs and academic institutions joined together to realise the project’s goal.

”We have already had quite a few successful IoT projects on domains such as Mobility and Wellbeing, so the moment is right for such a silo-crossing, market-shaping collaboration. 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 know-how Helsinki region has on the device and hardware side.” said Forum Virium’s IoT Program Director Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts

The project is part of a larger European initiative that funds large-scale IoT pilot projects and it brings cities together to share best practices on IoT API definitions, strategy papers, guidelines and successful use cases.


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