Winners of Joensuu (Finland) City Challenge Innovation Competition Are Announced: Smart City Apps and Surfing among the Winners
The winners of the innovation competition organised by the City of Joensuu, Finland have been chosen. Four solutions will be implemented in Joensuu city centre during the next 12 months, developed by Parquery from Switzerland, Leapcraft from Denmark, Risto Takala consortium from Joensuu, Finland, and Ctrl4 Enviro from Spain. The chosen cases range from city lab approach to computer vision applications for parking space detection, traffic and crowd monitoring as well as energy optimisation in a swimming pool. In addition, an artificial surf wave will be tested in the river running through the town centre.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180528005231/en/
Winners of Joensuu (Finland) City Challenge Innovation Competition Are Announced: Smart City Apps and Surfing among the Winners (Photo: Business Wire)
The City of Joensuu’s innovation competition searched for feasible solutions for four different challenges, each with a budget of 50,000 euros. There were 19 submissions in total.
Valuable opportunity for companies
In the City Lab Approach, Leapcraft’s solution provides and communicates comprehensive information about the air quality, traffic and weather conditions such as wind speed and direction. “Our ambition is to help Nordic and global cities to improve air quality and implement new technology, and we saw this competition as a good opportunity to do so. We look forward to the opportunity to deploy our solution in a new interesting city”, said Operations Manager Anne Cecilie Duus Kühnel from Leapcraft.
Parquery’s computer vision -based application provides real-time information about parking and free parking spaces. Parquery is a spin-off from ETH Zürich. “Winning the competition is extremely valuable for us, in particular by giving us the opportunity to showcase our solution in the City of Joensuu. We believe that the Finnish market is extremely advanced in terms of smart cities and therefore an ideal target market for Parquery”, says Andrea Fossati, CEO of Parquery.
The artificial surf wave is based on a patent of Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, and will be the first of its kind to be tested. The wave would make Joensuu a unique surf destination. “We are happy that the City of Joensuu is bold enough to also support a bit more daring innovation”, say Risto Takala and Jarmo Laine who are behind the artificial wave proposal.
Ctrl4 Enviro’s computer vision -based application will result in a smart swimming pool and smart market square. The real time data on the user amounts enable to optimize the energy, water and chemical consumption in swimming pool – and the activities in the market square.
Vision and city behind the innovation competition
City of Joensuu arranged the competition in order to find new and innovative solutions for developing the city and public services. In addition, City of Joensuu wants to boost region’s innovativeness and internationality through public procurement and cooperation. The initiative is supported by the Urban Growth Agreement of the Finnish Government and especially the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Joensuu is a university town and growing regional centre in the eastern part of Finland. The town has one of the most ambitious climate targets in Europe: to be carbon neutral by 2025. One third of the population is less than 25 years old and there are more than 20,000 students in the town. City population totals up to 76,000 and that of the nearby region 120,000. Joensuu core competencies are forest bioeconomy, education, photonics, ICT, metal industries and new materials. European Forest Institute, an international science-based organisation is also located in Joensuu. The town has a strong policy for innovative public procurement, investments and solutions.
Joensuu is located in the heart of the Finnish Lakeland, and lies on the waterfront and in the middle of dense forests. Core of the town is a vibrant pedestrian area and market square, which is currently undergoing a major renovation. In this part of the world weather conditions include four seasons, and snow cover lasts on average five months. In the summer it hardly gets dark, and the official Finnish heat record of 37.2 degrees Celsius was measured at Joensuu airport in 2010.
Official address of the competition procedure: email@example.com
Competition web page: www.joensuu.fi/challenge
|+41 76 234 2948|
Anne Cecilie Duus Kühnel
|+45 5098 4728|
|+34 93586 8760|
|+358 50490 4598|
|+358 40751 3042|
The City of Joensuu
Dr. Janna Puumalainen, +358 50 5115028
Director of Strategy
Om Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Følg saker fra Business Wire
Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra Business Wire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.
Siste saker fra Business Wire
TYAN Introduces Entry Server Platforms Optimized for the New Intel® Xeon® E-2100 Processors13.12.2018 13:00 | Pressemelding
TYAN®, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and a MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation subsidiary, is releasing a broad selection of new server motherboards and systems optimized for the new Intel® Xeon® E-2100 processors. The new lineup is designed to offer enhanced performance, advanced security, and reliability of cost-effective entry server solutions. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181213005005/en/ TYAN's New Intel Xeon E-2100 Processor-based Platforms Increase Reliability and Security for Entry Servers. (Photo: Business Wire) “Small and medium-size businesses need to maintain their competitiveness by deploying a powerful server platform for performance, enhanced memory capabilities, and hardware-enhanced security,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation's TYAN Business Unit. “TYAN’s Intel® Xeon® E-2100 processor-based platforms are optimized for clou
GSMA’s Programme ‘Tech4Girls’ Wins 2018 Corporate Citizen of the Americas Award from the Organization of American States13.12.2018 13:00 | Pressemelding
The Trust for the Americas has selected GSMA as a winner of the 2018 Corporate Citizen of the Americas Award in the category ‘Technical Skills for the Future of Work’ for its program ‘Tech4Girls’. The award was presented by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, at a ceremony held last week in Washington, D.C. Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere, Head of North America, and Paula Ferrari, Regional Marketing Director for Latin America, received the award on behalf of the GSMA. Tech4Girls is part of the global GSMA’s Women4Tech programme, which focuses on reducing the persistent gender gap in the mobile industry. Women4Tech offers different touchpoints for women across their education and career journeys through dedicated initiatives, development and networking opportunities. Women4Tech supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 5: “Gender Equality.” Launched in March 2018 by GSMA North America, Tech4Girls delivers hands-
FLIR Systems Launches Three Cooled Neutrino Family Thermal Camera Cores13.12.2018 13:00 | Pressemelding
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced three Neutrino™ midwave infrared (MWIR) camera cores: the small, lightweight FLIR Neutrino LC and two FLIR Neutrino Performance series cores, the SX12 and QX. The latest models expand the FLIR Neutrino cooled camera core family for commercial, industrial, and defense original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and system integrators. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181213005036/en/ Next generation cooled FLIR Neutrino thermal camera cores: Neutrino LC (left) and Neutrino Performance Series (right). (Photo: Business Wire) The Neutrino LC is FLIR’s first High Operating Temperature (HOT) MWIR camera core and the first model in the SWaP+C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost) series. As the smallest, lightest weight, and lowest power consuming Neutrino model available, the LC can be integrated with smaller drones and allow drone operators to fly longer. With HOT technology, N
Biomax Informatics launches the NeuroXM™ Brain Science Suite13.12.2018 12:57 | Pressemelding
Biomax Informatics AG announced the launch of its latest product, the NeuroXM™ Brain Science Suite, this week at the Biomax-ETRI Symposium on Cognitive Brain Informatics held in Planegg, Germany. Following a successful early-adaptor program, the company launched the NeuroXM suite of tools and features for working with multimodal high-dimensional brain data ready for clinical use. The award-winning NeuroXM Brain Science Suite lets brain scientists work interactively with high-dimensional multimodal brain data ranging from neuroimaging to genetics and transcriptomics. The suite includes a unified knowledge model for managing the abundant heterogeneous data available for the brain. It connects patient brain data to public knowledge in databases, atlases and ontologies for automatic annotation with methodological meta-information so that they become invaluable for clinical and scientific use. The NeuroXM suite supports every brain science task from standardizing preprocessing workflows to
Slice Insurance Cloud Services Now Available in the UK & EU13.12.2018 12:00 | Pressemelding
Slice Labs Inc., an award-winning on-demand insurance cloud platform provider, announced today the availability of Insurance Cloud Services (ICS) in the UK and EU. The first customer to use ICS in the UK is Legal & General with the launch of on-demand, pay-per-use homeshare cover. Insurance products available through the Slice ICS platform offer customers a rich, engaging, fully digital experience that is quick, and flexible. True to the company’s stated intention of extending global availability of ICS following a $20M USD Extended Series A, UK and EU insurers are now able to subscribe to ICS and launch on-demand insurance products customised to locale, language, and demographics. Cheryl Agius, CEO of Legal & General’s Insurance division, said “Legal & General is delighted to be working with Slice on the new on-demand product, a growing business in the US and now in the UK market.” European insurtech influencer Dr. Robin Kiera, CEO of DigitalScouting added, “Digital transformation lea
Western Union Works with TerraPay to Expand Payout Options to Millions of Mobile Wallets13.12.2018 12:00 | Pressemelding
Western Union (NYSE: WU), a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement, announces an alliance with TerraPay to enable mobile wallet and bank account payout. The alliance further expands upon Western Union’s account payout network for sending remittances directly into customers’ mobile wallets across Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181213005331/en/ TerraPay CEO Ambar Sur and Head of Account Payout Network for Western Union Sobia Rahman (Photo: Business Wire) TerraPay’s low value payments network connects financial instruments internationally. The company’s interoperability engine enables customers to send and receive transactions across diverse payment instruments and platforms – enabling mobile wallets in international, regional and domestic markets. “Joining with TerraPay is a great opportunity to further diversify and expand our payment options across the gl