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).
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Dynamic Visualizations to Enhance Citizens’ Engagement (DVECE)

Partners:  City of Helsinki; Forum Virium Helsinki Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, CERTH (Greece) Breda University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)

The project is building a bridge between the digital twin of Helsinki and the Decidim feedback channel and experimenting with the practical implementation of their integration. Co-creation workshops will also be used to collect ideas for providing feedback. The project will focus on vulnerable groups.

Timetable: 1/2022-12/2022

Budget:  The project is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, and Helsinki’s pilot is also co-funded by the City of Helsinki. The project has a total budget of EUR 186,825, of which Forum Virium Helsinki’s share is EUR 61,825.

Suvi Vähä-Sipilä (Forum Virium Helsinki)

https://forumvirium.fi/en/dvece/

https://forumvirium.fi/en/dvece/

The DVECE project pilots the use of innovative and dynamic visualisation tools within the context of traffic and mobility. The project is testing whether feedback data, ideas and suggestions concerning traffic and mobility can be collected through the City of Helsinki 3D model on the Decidim platform.

An urban block in Jätkäsaari from above

Mobility Digital Twin as Enabler of Services (LiiDi2)

Partners: Forum Virium Helsinki, Stara

The project, LiiDi2, aims to create new business opportunities with mobility digital twins and models for collecting and utilising data.

Goal: Developing and piloting innovative data acquisition models and mobility digital twins

8/2021-8/2023

Budget: 872k€ (ERDF, REACT-EU)

Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The project includes data collection pilots and the development of innovative data acquisition models especially in the context of Stara, the Helsinki City Construction Services and their operations.

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MaaS for the waterways (Vesiliikenteen MaaS)

Forum Virium Helsinki, City of Helsinki

The project aimed to improve the digital readiness and capabilities of maritime service providers (e.g. boat and ferry services) for improving business through modern ticketing solutions and shared data.

Goal: Improving the digital capabilities of maritime MaaS services

01/2021-12/2021

235 k€

Helmi Tuori (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The project addresses the City of Helsinki’s maritime strategy in making the archipelago more accessible through digitalization as well as helps in developing APIs and platforms supporting business ecosystems.

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SmashHit

Forum Virium Helsinki, Infotripla, Volkswagen, ...

The SmashHit (Smart Dispatcher for Secure and Controlled Sharing of Distributed Personal and Industrial Data) project addresses secure and trusted sharing of vehicle data.

Addressing challenges of secure and trusted use of connected vehicle data.

1/2020-12/2022

6,9M€ total (Horizon 2020)

Piia Hanhirova (Forum Virium Helsinki)

Relevant aspects developed and tested in Helsinki include MyData and piloting cases such as using data to address blind spots behind corners in the Jätkäsaari area.

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AI4CITIES – AI Accelerating Cities Transition to Carbon Neutrality

Forum Virium Helsinki Ltd, Gemeente Amsterdam, Cap Digital, Kobenhavns kommune, Tallinna Linn, Stavanger kommune, and ICLEI European Secretariat GMBH + pilot companies through open tendering

AI4Cities is a European Pre-Commercial Procurement project for AI solutions utilising data to support climate action commitments. It is focused on energy and mobility.

Goals Finding AI solutions tackling climate issues.

Timetable 1/2020 - 12/2022

Budget 6,6M€

Contacts Kaisa Sibelius, Forum Virium Helsinki

The project does open market consultation to find and then procure AI pilots addressing the energy and mobility related needs of cities.  Request for tenders was published at the end of 2020.

Map of Jätkäsaari with information points for last 50 meter routing

Last 50m logistics routing

Forum Virium Helsinki

Finished Q4/2020 The New solutions in city logistics 6Aika project has collected detailed data on routes to buildings and entrances. The purpose of the data is to make it easier to find the right entrance and to speed up the delivery of goods, for example.

Goals Making it easier to find the right entrances for deliveries.

Contacts Aapo Rista & Johan Lindqvist, Forum Virium Helsinki

The data is stored and available in OpenStreetMap and for demonstration purposes an example application app.gatesolve.com is created. It visualises entrances and routes of last 50 meters to them. More information on the collected data and a preview service is available in the Materials and Data section.

The development done in this project is continued in 2021-2022 in the Logistics Accessibility Data project.

Radar view of Jätkäsaari Smart Junction

Jätkäsaari Smart Junction

  • Conveqs
  • Aalto University
  • Port of Helsinki
  • City of Helsinki
  • PHOTO: Ramboll Finland Oy

Jätkäsaari Smart Junction project improves the traffic situation awareness and develops simulation models for optimizing traffic lights for better traffic fluency. It uses cameras and radars installed at the intersections from the bottleneck of Mechelininkatu/Hietalahdenkatu and Jätkäsaarenlaituri towards Länsiväylä. The radar data can be used by third parties as well.

Goals

Generate open data on traffic situation for third parties, and using this data to find ways of improving traffic fluency in the harbour area with the help of AI.

Duration

Q4/2019 - Q4/2021

Funding

59 500€ from Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab for equipment procurement, installation and consultation services for the opening of data + investments in traffic monitoring sensors. 50 000€ from Port of Helsinki for AI based traffic optimization solutions.

Contacts

Mikko Lehtonen (City of Helsinki)

This data feeds to further research on possibilities to improve traffic fluency with the help of traffic signal optimization based on the application of AI. The area monitored by the first setup near the Clarion hotel is illustrated in this image of the installation, camera view and radar. Open data from the radars is available for third party development purposes, more information on it can be found here.

Two people lying in show with fatbikes next to them

UIA HOPE – Air quality

  • City of Helsinki; Forum Virium Helsinki
  • University of Helsinki; Vaisala Plc
  • Helsinki Region Environmental Services
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Useless Company Ltd

HOPE empowers citizens to develop their own neighbourhoods with differing air quality challenges. Engaging citizens improves the data available and the relevance of the mitigation activities.

GOALS

Change that the project wants to achieve is that citizens find air quality issues easily relatable and understandable.

Timetable

11/2018 - 04/2022

Budget

Total ERDF budget granted EUR 4,561,260.28

Contact Jussi Kulonpalo (City of Helsinki)

Project focuses on port-related traffic in Jätkäsaari, street canyons and 40K daily vehicles in Mäkelänkatu-Kumpula area, and domestic wood-burning in combination with adjacent main roads in Pakila.

The overall challenge is that measuring, analysis and dissemination of air quality data in any given location is very complicated and contaminated with error. Lack of real-time and reliable high resolution data has led to a situation where finding targeted interventions that take into account our citizens and their needs while also targeting specific pollution concentrations is missing for all European cities.

Mobile phone with an open MUV application shown in the hand of a user

Mobility Urban Values – MUV

Photo: Mobility Urban Values

Finished Q2/2020 The Mobility Urban Values (MUV) project encourages residents to change their mobility behaviour and make more sustainable mobility choices through illustration and gamification.

Goals

The MUV system will result from the combination of behavioural change techniques, new technologies, data science and co-design approaches.

Duration

1.7.2017-31.5.2020

Funding

The project has received funding from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Contacts

Sami Sahala (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The project’s influencing methods are co-created with residents. At the same time, the project creates tools for both residents and data collection, thus facilitating local-level city planning.

FABULOS project visualization with a person stepping into a robobus with a ferriswheel in the background

FABULOS – Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation System

Photo: FABULOS project

Finished Q1/2021 FABULOS is a research and development project to deliver a systemic proof-of-concept on automated last mile public transport as part of existing urban transport systems, based on the use of self-driving minibuses.  

Goals

The goal is to procure the operations of an automated bus line. In Helsinki, the autonomous bus line will be piloted in the Pasila and Kalasatama area in 2020.

Duration

1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

Funding

The FABULOS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Contacts

Renske Martijnse-Hartikka (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The six partner cities are embracing this challenge by collectively procuring R&D for the prototyping and testing of smart systems that are capable of operating a fleet of self-driving minibuses in urban environments. These solutions are expected to be all-inclusive, encompassing software, hardware, fleet and services. Only after the successful integration of these solutions, cities are able to provide considerably better and more sustainable transport solutions for their residents.