Projects

There are several smart mobility projects and pilots ongoing and completed in Helsinki - primarily focused in the West Harbour area and Jätkäsaari. The different cases include smaller experiments as well as bigger projects with different research aspects (e.g. EU projects).
Map with indicated test locations

Ubiwhere and traffic measurements

Ubiwhere

Open data was produced by the Portuguese Ubiwhere with different technologies in two locations in the West Harbour area. The data is produced in The Crusell bridge and Mechelininkatu-Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu intersection. During the spring and fall of 2021 open data was produced in two additional locations in Selkämerenkatu and Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu. In addition to traffic data, the Crusell bridge and Mechelininkatu sites also included air quality stations.

Testing traffic data measurements and producing open data from relevant intersections in the area.

1/2021-12/2021

Matias Oikari (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The API documentation for the open data can be found here: https://urbsense.urbanplatform.city/api/public/docs/.

Drone path

Drone delivery service

Third Space Auto, Fly-By Guys

Finished Q4/2021 Drone-based delivery services to the district of Jätkäsaari. The pilot test both the feasibility and usefulness as well as citizens' views about using drones as a means for delivering items.

Goal: Testing the usefulness of drone deliveries

Contact: Matias Oikari (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This pilot is one of the selected agile pilots from the call in the summer of 2020.

InnoTrafik's sensor capsule

Smart pedestrian warning system for the visually impaired

InnoTrafik

Finished Q2/2021 A smart warning system for the visually impaired at pedestrian crossings.

Goal: Testing the feasibility of a warning system for the visually impaired

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution will be tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process.

Trombia's autonomous street sweeper

Autonomous street sweeper

Trombia Technologies

Piloting Trombia's autonomous and energy efficient street sweeper as a street maintenance solution together with street maintenance experts from Stara and the City of Helsinki.

Goal: Testing the feasibility of an autonomous street sweeper

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process, the second phase of the pilot is planned for spring of 2022.

Screenshot of TerrainSense platform with data from Jätkäsaari

Bike path condition measurement

TerrainSense

Finished Q2/2021 Measuring the condition of bike paths with sensors installed in bicycles to monitor issues and maintenance levels.

Goal: Testing the use of bike-mounted sensors for bike path condition measurement

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process.

Dangerous driving behaviour at pedestrian crossing

Near miss detection at pedestrian crossings

Kradient Intelligence

Finished Q2/2021 Detection of near miss events at pedestrian crossings by using machine vision.

Goal: Testing the detection of dangerous driving behaviour at pedestrian crossings

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process.

Lidar

Traffic monitoring with LIDAR and edge computing

Nodeon

Testing the use of LIDAR technology and edge computing in traffic monitoring for the purposes of traffic management, planning and counting.

Goal: Testing the feasibility of LIDAR technology for traffic monitoring

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process. In the fall of 2021, a second phase of the pilot was done, extending the pilot to also include the testing of C-ITS messages based on the detections.

Map of Jätkäsaari with information points for last 50 meter routing

Last-meter routing for delivery logistics

Tietorahti Oy

Finished Q1/2021 The Tietorahti mobile map provides detailed location and information about the entrances of buildings in the city center of Helsinki. The map also includes official loading sites for logistics as well as no-parking zones that are used for logistics. Once parked, the driver can switch from the mobile map to the routing tool Gatesolve which gives the shortest route to the right entrance by foot.

Making urban delivery logistics smoother by detailed entrance data and last-meter routing tool.

Schedule Q4/2020 - Q1/2021

Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

More info about the pilot (In Finnish)

https://forumvirium.fi/tietorahti-pilotti-helsinki/

Professional drivers from logistics companies take part in the agile pilot by giving feedback about the feasibility and further development needs of the solution. They also validate and complement the data on loading sites. This pilot was one of the agile pilots done in 2020/2021.

Wide aerial view of Jätkäsaari

Kiss-n-ride traffic to Jätkäsaari

Nodeon Photo: Ramboll

Nodeon's battery-powered automatic number plate recognition camera system combined with Traficom's vehicle registry determines anonymized information about vehicle traffic to and from Jätkäsaari, including their emission classes.

Goal The goal of the experiment is to gain a better understanding of the traffic to and from Jätkäsaari, including emissions related to those vehicles.

Schedule Q4/2020 and Q2/2021

Contact Janne Rinne, Forum Virium Helsinki

Traffic measuring points for the main junctions for vehicle traffic to and from Jätkäsaari. The objective is to get a better understanding of the traffic to and from Jätkäsaari. In addition to just number of vehicles, also the time spent there (e.g. short visits for maybe dropping off people to the terminal) as well as estimates of the emissions they bring in. There will be two measuring periods, first one being in Nov/Dec 2020 and the other in the spring of 2021.

The camera-based devices automatically identify licence plates of cars, and derive technical vehicle information from Traficom’s database. The use of licence plate information is approved by Traficom and it complies with national privacy and data security requirements.

No personal information (such as car owners’ names, addresses etc) is queried in the process. Vehicle information is used to produce traffic statistics, and individual road users cannot be identified at any stage of the analysis.More information on Nodeon’s solution, including data privacy can be found here.

Logistics hub next to Baana

Shared Micro depots for Urban pickups and Delivery (SMUD)

Finished Q4/2020 The distribution centre pilot ran 06/2020 - 12/2020. It aim was to gain new insights and lessons learned about the delivery of parcels by bicycles in particular for European-wide utilisation.

Goals The aim is to develop parcel distribution with zero-emission bicycles for online orders. In addition, it will facilitate other trials tackling challenges of city logistics in a densely populated city centre area.

Timetable 2019-2020

Contacts Pete Pättiniemi, Forum Virium Helsinki

The pilot implemented a local distribution centre for parcels. The hub, operated jointly by six operators, is located next to Helsinki’s busy Baana pedestrian and bicycle corridor. It was opened on 9 June 2020. The pilot ran until the end of 2020 and during that time, companies could bring their parcels to the shared distribution centre instead of every delivery company driving into the congested city centre with their own vehicles. From there, the deliveries were coordinated resource-efficiently utilising electric bikes and other low-emission transport modes.