Helsinki Business Hub shares opportunities in smart city tech

SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Over the years, Finland has been developing smart technologies and has been a testbed for social innovation. In 2017, it was ranked top five in Bloomberg’s Innovative Index which scores economies using factors such as research and development spending and the concentration of high-tech public companies.
Now, Finland’s international trade and investment promotion agency Helsinki Business Hub (HBH) for the Finnish capital region is looking to help companies overseas to find solutions and business partners in the Greater Helsinki region.
“Greater Helsinki puts in a lot of effort when it comes to developing itself into a smart city and there are several opportunities for partnerships and business solutions matching,” says Irma Ylikangas, senior business advisor at HBH.

Smart Kalasatama

She cites the example of Smart Kalasatama to illustrate Finland’s smart city capabilities. In the early 2000s, Kalasatama – an old harbour district on the eastern edge of Helsinki – was a barren landscape. Now, it serves as an innovation platform where various smart city solutions can be tested and developed in an urban environment.
Irma Ylikangas, HBH's senior business advisor (Photo: Samuel Isaac Chua/The Edge Singapore)
“Finland is very focused on smart technologies for example, smart buildings and clean tech In the Kalasatama district, technologies that have been rolled out include advanced smart metering, smart mobility solutions. There is also an emphasis on resource-wise use of energy,” says Ylikangas, who lives in the district.
To be sure, smart metering has already been implemented throughout Finland in all buildings. But in the Kalasatama district, a more advanced version is adopted. This technology calculates energy consumption in greater detail and provides a breakdown of energy usage per device or function of the household.
Perhaps one of the technologies Ylikangas appreciates the most is an automated pipe collecting system that encourages people to recycle. These inlets are located in the courtyard or the corridor of the building. Users can drop their waste into the right inlets: mixed, bio, paper and cardboard.
The waste then travels at 70km/h to the right container in a central collection station. Disposal trucks then pick up the full containers and transport the waste for further handling. HBH...