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Tampere awarded funding for smart security project

The funding will help to finance solutions as part of the Finnish region’s Smart Urban Security and Event Resilience Project such as sensor data integration and smart lighting.

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Funding will help strengthen cooperaton between city and security and event operators
Funding will help strengthen cooperaton between city and security and event operators

The Tampere region of Finland’s Smart Urban Security and Event Resilience Project (SURE) has been granted €3.2 million of funding by the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions initiative, which will be used to develop smart security solutions.

 

The Finnish city wants to invest more in the security of major events as a part of its overall urban security strategy.

 

Strategic focus

 

Jouni Perttula, risk management and security manager at the City of Tampere, said the city’s rapid growth, ongoing and future major investments and busy event activities all emphasise security as a strategic focus of urban development.

 

EU funding for security programmes is fierce and the project in Tampere was the only Finnish project approved.

 

It will help strengthen the cooperation between security and event operators and the city residents’ participation in urban development.

The city’s rapid growth, ongoing and future major investments and busy event activities all emphasise security as a strategic focus of urban development

A comprehensive urban security solution will be created in Tampere and solutions implemented will include sensor data integration and 3D models, simulations and real-life exercises as well as investments in a smart lighting network, CCTV supervision and traffic signs.

 

The development project will also strengthen the visibility of the region’s security competence at a national and international level. Petri Nykänen, director, business development at Business Tampere, who is responsible for the security in the Smart Tampere Programme, said it also creates new business opportunities for companies.

 

Amounting to a €4 million project in total, it will start on 1 September and last for three years. Participants include the City of Tampere, Business Tampere, Tampere University, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Nokia, Insta DefSec, Intopalo Digital and Securitas.

 

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