Projects

There are several smart mobility projects and pilots ongoing and completed in the Jätkäsaari area. Our key projects support Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab by creating services, open data and infrastructure to build upon.
Map of Jätkäsaari with information points for last 50 meter routing

Last-meter routing for delivery logistics

Tietorahti Oy
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/
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.

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.

Colossus Finland's electric carbo bikes in Jätkäsaari

Electric Cargo Bikes

Colossus Finland, HKL
Goal: Learning about user behaviour and developing the operating model for scalability.
1.7.2020-
Colossus Finland's shared electric city cargo bikes are piloted in the Jätkäsaari-Ruoholahti area in the summer of 2020.

The pilot is a part of the “Keksi pyörä uudelleen!” innovation challenge organized by HKL (Helsinki City Transport) in the spring of 2020.

Wide aerial view of Jätkäsaari

Kiss-n-ride traffic to Jätkäsaari

Nodeon Photo: Ramboll
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
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.

Traffic measuring points are planned 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)

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 distribution centre pilot is planned to run 06/2020 - 12/2020. It will gain new insights and lessons learned about the delivery of parcels by bicycles in particular for European-wide utilisation.

The pilot implements 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 runs until the end of 2020 and during that time, companies can 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 are coordinated resource-efficiently utilising electric bikes and other low-emission transport modes.

Automated last mile delivery device

Last Mile Autonomous Delivery (LMAD)

Partners EIT Digital France and EIT Digital Finland, Futurice, Gim Robotics, BookIt, Picom, Bestmile and Forum Virium Helsinki.
Goals The goal is to learn about the potential of delivery robots in open environments.
Timetable 2019-2020
Contacts Assi Rautanen & Matias Oikari, Forum Virium Helsinki
The LMAD project is piloting an autonomous delivery robot in Helsinki and Paris

The LMAD project includes building a robot, a fleet management system that enables autonomous mobility and an order system that allows the robot to communicate with customers. In addition to the technical implementation, a service concept is created by means of co-creation and service design and tested in a genuine urban environment with genuine customers.

Map of Jätkäsaari with information points for last 50 meter routing

Last 50m logistics routing

Forum Virium Helsinki
Goals Making it easier to find the right entrances for deliveries.
Contacts Aapo Rista & Johan Lindqvist, Forum Virium Helsinki

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.  

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.

User on an e-scooter

Micro-mobility data analysis

Vianova
Goals The goal is to better understand how e-scooters and other micro-mobility vehicles are used.
Timetable 4/2020-10/2020
Contacts Janne Rinne, Forum Virium Helsinki
Aggregated and anonymized mobility data from the micro-mobility operators will be available for the city in a dashboard, providing an overview of how, when and where the e-scooters, city bikes and other light vehicles are used and parked.

Vianova’s solution is based on MDS (Mobility Data Specification) communication protocol which enables bilateral and secure exchange of data between mobility providers and cities.

View from behind a car with a bike crossing the road ahead of it

VizibleZone

VizibleZone
Goals Developing and piloting an application that can detect vulnerable road users crossing roads to alert drivers of potential collisions.
Timetable Q1-Q3/2020
Finished Q3/2020 Israel-based VizibleZone (https://www.vizible.zone/) is developing a solution that improves safety of vulnerable road users. The solution works through a mobile app that analyzes road safety data, and is piloted in two phases. 

First, data is collected to detect road crossings. Later, the intention was to send alerts nearby drivers to prevent a potential collision but due insufficient amount of data and users, the pilot did not proceed to the next phases.

The technology can alert drivers even if the pedestrian is located behind an obstacle and the driver can’t see him. The incident data can also be used by the city itself to improve the city road safety infrastructure. Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab supports the pilot by helping in finding test users to use the application which is available both for Android and iOS. The application also utilises Helsinki’s open data to map whether road crossings are done at crosswalks or traffic lights. 

Key functionalities that were planned:

Pedestrian mode

– Road safety behavior stats to improve on-road behavior
– Real-time alert in case the user watches the smartphone when approaching a road
– Volume control – Adjusting headphones volume near roads

Driver mode

– Collision detection alert – Alert drivers on possible collision with pedestrians, even when the pedestrian is behind obstacles and the driver cannot see him
– Alerting drivers in possible collision situations
– Real-time notification when entering crowded pedestrian areas

City road safety dashboard

– Aggregated and statistical data for the city for better planning the physical infrastructure for pedestrians’ road safety (e.g. crosswalk planning, bicycle trails, traffic light optimization)

Radar view of Jätkäsaari Smart Junction

Jätkäsaari Smart Junction

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

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. 50 000€ from Port of Helsinki for AI based traffic optimization solutions.

Contacts

Mikko Lehtonen (City of Helsinki)

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.

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

GOALS

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

Timetable

01/11/2018 - 31/10/2021

Budget

Total ERDF budget granted EUR 4,561,260.28
Contact Jussi Kulonpalo (City of Helsinki)
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.

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.

Shared cargo bikes in Jätkäsaari

Last Mile – Perille Asti

Goals  The project aims to find new mobility services and technologies, enabling smooth and sustainable traffic in metropolitan Helsinki area. The goal is to facilitate piloting of new mobility solutions, and to learn from them and to share the results and learnings to city representatives, residents and the whole smart mobility ecosystem. 
Duration  9/2017-3/2020 
Funding   European Regional Development Fund (Six City Strategy; 6Aika) 
Contacts  Heli Ponto, Project Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki 
COMPLETED Q2/2020. The Last mile project seeks innovative mobility solutions for tourists, residents and commuters in the Helsinki metropolitan area. 

Forum Virium Helsinki facilitated altogether eight agile pilots of novel mobility services and technologies, strongly focusing on co-creation.

Abstract smart lighting element shapes

Get Home Safely

Photo: CyPhyLab / TuBerlin 

Goals 

The aim of the Get Home Safely project is to develop a smart lighting solution by combining an architectural perspective and IoT technology to improve safety of citizens and provide users a pleasant experience during their daily commute. Moreover, the digital twin created by Aalto University illustrates its usefulness in urban planning.  

Duration 

1.1.2019-31.12.2019 

Funding 

The project has received co-funding from EIT Digital and Helsinki pilot is supported by City of Helsinki co-financing. 

Contacts

Heidi Heinonen (Forum Virium Helsinki)   
COMPLETED Q4/2019. Forum Virium assesses impact of smart lighting on the feeling of comfort and safety in areas that are still under construction like the district of Jätkäsaari. 

Produced and designed by CyPhyLab, a laboratory operating under Technische Universität Berlin’s Institute of Architecture, the hexagonal city smart light is an IoT-based cyber-physical system of networked personalised lights mainly for outdoor use. The colour of the lights can also be adjusted using a mobile application provided free of charge for the end users ie. citizens so that the lights can guide people from A to B. 

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

Mobility Urban Values – MUV

Photo: Mobility Urban Values

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

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.

Traffic jam in Jätkäsaari

Traffic Situational Picture

  • Infotripla Oy
  • City of Helsinki
  • Port of Helsinki

Goals

Improved situational picture and tools for traffic managers as well as open data and information for third parties.

Duration

Q3/2019 - Q4/2021

Funding

100k€, funded as part of the Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab.

Contacts

Mikko Lehtonen (City of Helsinki)

Solution developed by Infotripla integrates data from several sources, incl. vehicle calculation sensors, providing tools and increased awareness for traffic management to address congestion peaks resulting from ferry traffic.  

Related open data and APIs: https://helsinki.liikennenyt.fi/opendata/

As continuation for a FinEst Smart Mobility innovation pilot, a traffic situational picture solution is implemented in West Harbour. The project produces open data and information for third parties, such as traffic events and road incidents in the area, traffic congestion, route recommendations as well as the number of vehicles arriving through the harbour gates.

GoSwift just-in-time service illustration of trucks timing arrival to a ship

FinEst Mobility App

  • GoSwift OÜ
  • City of Helsinki
  • City of Tallinn

Duration

Pilot ran between Q1/2018-Q1/2019 as part of FinEst Smart Mobility Project (Interreg Central Baltic programme).

Contacts

Madis Sassiad (GoSwift)

Link to GoSwift webpage

http://finest.goswift.eu
COMPLETED Q1/2019 - GoSwift developed a solution that guides truck drivers to port just in time, as opposed to waiting by the port gates in a densely trafficked city. The app is available on Google Play.

For more information, you can access the GoSwift pilot report in HERE.

Bercman pedestrian crossing traffic sign in autumn

Smart Pedestrian Crossing

  • Bercman Technologies
  • Forum Virium Helsinki
  • PHOTO: Juho Kostiainen
Generating data that can be used for better planning of the city environment and improving traffic safety.
Schedule During 2019
The pilot is funded as part of the Perille Asti project.
Contact Heli Ponto, Forum Virium

COMPLETED Q1/2020. The smart pedestrian crossing was one of the agile pilots of the Last Mile project.  

Apart from enhanced visibility, the smart traffic sign includes technology that generates data on traffic volumes, speed, air quality and environmental conditions for transport and city planners.

Illustration of ship-harbour information exchange for tracking and arrival times

FinEst API for ferry traffic data

  • Fleetrange Ltd.
  • City of Helsinki
Pilot ran between 01/2018-02/2019 as part of FinEst Smart Mobility Project (Interreg Central Baltic project 2016-2019).
Contact Henrik Ramm-Schmidt, CEO
COMPLETED Q1/2019 - Fleetrange Ltd developed an API for automated and real-time ETA/schedule tracking of ferry traffic between Helsinki West Harbour and Tallinn Old City Harbour.

The data produced during the piloting is available through Helsinki Region Infoshare: www.hri.fi. The aim of this service was to help streamline all modes of transport on the Helsinki West Harbour – Tallinn Old City Harbour route, and to make it possible to integrate the ferry traffic into existing journey planners on both sides of the Gulf of Finland.