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Helsinki announces new domain names and access to its innovation testbed

The testbed is targeted at domestic and foreign companies that want to develop and test their products and services together with City of Helsinki.

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Helsinki wants the entire city to serve as a development platform
Helsinki wants the entire city to serve as a development platform

The City of Helsinki has announced its first web address with the .helsinki ending to make its online services easier to find and more customer-oriented.

 

The first new site will be testbed.helsinki, which will provide access to its testbed operations web pages which focus on sustainable urban solutions and areas such as health and wellbeing, mobility and learning.

 

Link to industrial policy

 

The aim of testbed.helsinki is to support Helsinki’s development and testbed activities in connection to its industrial policy. Available in Finnish and English, it is targeted at domestic and foreign companies that want to develop and test their products and services together with City of Helsinki.

 

The site’s other key target groups include research, development and innovation organisations, such as universities, universities of applied sciences, research bodies, Helsinki Group employees and others interested in development activities.

 

The City of Helsinki provides businesses with development environments for a variety of contexts, such as schools, social and health care units, street network and infrastructure, and city-owned residential and service buildings.

 

Practical examples of Helsinki as a testbed include Elisa’s 5G solution, which is being tested at Helsingin medialukio Upper Secondary School. Pupils can use it to learn about locations outside their school without leaving the classroom, and to enjoy learning as authentically as possible even through remote access.

“Now we have a place where we can invite businesses as well as R&D and innovation experts to learn about our diverse range of platform services”

Another example is the City of Helsinki Physical Activity Programme, which aims to find new solutions for promoting physical activity and exercise among City employees in actual operating environments and in cooperation with entrepreneurs in the field.

 

Having the entire city serve as a development platform for new solutions is also one of the themes of the Helsinki City Strategy. The idea is to develop the entire city as a platform for pilots and new business activities. At the same time, efforts will be made to scale and further develop the best solutions yielded by the various platforms. The testbed.helsinki website consolidates the relevant information, forming an easily accessible package.

 

“Our site is a significant leap for the accessibility of the trial opportunities provided by the City,” said chief advisor Kimmo Heinonen. “Now we have a place where we can invite businesses as well as R&D and innovation experts to learn about our diverse range of platform services. The website provides information about and contacts for learning more about trial opportunities with City of Helsinki. In addition, testbed.helsinki collects together the contact information for our specialists in the various thematic areas.”

 

Domain names

 

Helsinki originally acquired the rights to the .helsinki domain in 2014. The acquisition was made to protect the name ‘Helsinki’, since the main web address Hel.fi does not include the actual name of the city. Helsinki has not used any .helsinki addresses before, but many other cities and companies around the world have begun using their own top level domains.

 

“Helsinki’s decision is based on the desire to improve accessibility and awareness with regard to online content that customers find important. We will initially test the top-level domain with a number of new services and then assess its functionality and the opportunities it provides for bolstering our city’s international visibility and the Helsinki brand in the online realm,” said City of Helsinki’s communications director Liisa Kivelä.

“The website provides information about and contacts for learning more about trial opportunities with City of Helsinki”

The new .helsinki pages will not replace the City’s main websites or cause any changes to existing hel.fi addresses. The hel.fi addresses will continue as the City’s primary websites, and extensive development efforts are currently under way to improve their usability and accessibility.

 

The next site to be published will be osallistu.helsinki, which includes information and stories about City of Helsinki’s efforts to engage local residents and interest groups.

 

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