Helsinki expands smart project to more districts

  • January 11, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Helsinki is expanding its smart city project to the districts of Malmi, Pasila, Malminkartano-Kannelmäki and Mellunmäki.

Ever since their construction, Jätkäsaari and Kalasatama districts in Helsinki have been developed with smart technology while supporting carbon neutrality. Now the technology is being exported to other communities in the Finnish capital.

The aim of the Helsinki Innovation Districts project is to make the everyday lives of residents more diverse and easier while giving rise to new business.

The tried and tested methods used in the building of these smart city districts are to be implemented in older parts of Helsinki. In practice, this means the launch of a number of development projects in Malmi, Pasila, Mellunkylä and Malminkartano-Kannelmäki, in which residents will be invited to participate. These projects will involve the testing and implementation of digital technology, the aim of which is to make the lives of the residents of Helsinki and the planning of services more diverse and efficient, while promoting carbon-neutral living.

The project is being carried out in cooperation not only with city residents, but companies, various city units focusing on urban development, and research institutions. The aim is to increase the city’s, companies’ and residents’ understanding of new technologies, such as those that facilitate carbon neutrality, and that have notable scaling and business potential, especially in older city districts.

The pilot and development operations are being coordinated by Forum Virium, and the aim is to implement the best technology in multiple areas.

The project is being carried out collaboratively by Forum Virium Helsinki, the City of Helsinki economic development division and the City Executive Office’s area construction unit, which are together responsible for the coordination of the project, the preparation and promotion of the project roadmap, and cooperation between areas.

The project will run until December 2023.