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How Tampere aims to be top for smart mobility testing

Find the Tampere stand and its hosts, Smart Tampere and Business Tampere, at the Nordic Pavilion in Hall B2, Street E, Stand 509

The futuristic and sustainable city district of Hiedanranta
The futuristic and sustainable city district of Hiedanranta

The city of Tampere in Finland will be presenting its smart mobility solutions and testing platform possibilities at Smart City Expo World Congress 14-16 November in Barcelona.


The city is developing fast and has secured next to 10 billion Euros worth of investments for the next 10 years in multiple different projects, which include the tramway, multi-purpose arena and a new sustainable city district Hiedanranta. These, alongside smart city development projects and new infrastructure will create a top testing platform in Europe for smart mobility.


The backbone of smart public transportation in Tampere will be the tramway running through the city by 2021. The busiest points along the tramway will be developed into mobility hubs that will have robotic bus feeder traffic for the tram, informative tram stops, and both physical and digital services that create smooth-running everyday life.


The scale of the change in the way people move in Tampere and the way they use services is vast. Tampere is looking for companies to test and create solutions for the future. A 5G-ready mobile network, built by Elisa Oyj, will be ready by April 2018.


One of the tools boosting the innovation and test platform functions in the city is the EU-funded STARDUST project, where e-vehicles, public e-charging, e-parking and the so called “last-mile" solutions are developed with advanced European cities and citizens of Pamplona (ES) and Trento (IT) and with the associated follower cities of Cluj (Romania) Derry (UK), Kozani (GR) and Litomerice (Czech Republic).


The City Guidance Ecosystem is another EU-funded project seeking testing partners in Tampere. It develops the guiding of people and large crowds in city centres according to their needs, preferences, and user-profiles. Digitalised guidance provides a platform for companies, travel agencies and event organisers for better availability.


“In Tampere we have exceptionally versatile know-how in the field of mobility and our ability to innovate is outstanding. We have built automatically moving machinery for over 20 years and since then we’ve specialised in IoT, connectivity and service design,” said Tero Blomqvist, the Smart Tampere programme director from the City of Tampere.


“We’ve managed to take the pieces of the mobile phone industry and turn those pieces into more new companies and innovations than we first thought was possible.”


In addition to product development and testing possibilities, the Tampere stand will showcase three companies and their smart city solutions. Globeon uses bluetooth beacons in positioning, Infotripla shows how real time traffic data makes use of cost-effective urban traffic management, and is used to support drivers on their daily trips, and Citynomadi visualises information and interactivity on maps indoors and outdoors.


Smart Tampere is a strategic programme by the City of Tampere in which new smart city solutions are developed in ecosystems, smart mobility being one of them. The ecosystems consist of companies, universities, research and development organisations, public entities, citizens, and organisations. Business Tampere is the Tampere Region economic development agency promoting Tampere business opportunities globally.


Find the Tampere stand and its hosts, Smart Tampere and Business Tampere at the Nordic Pavilion in Hall B2, Street E, Stand 509.


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