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Helsinki and Ubiwhere

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What Forum Virium does for Helsinki

There are two goals: on the one hand, to help the city leverage new technologies and, on the other hand, to help businesses with service development using the city as a platform. This is the purpose of Forum Virium Helsinki, where Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts has been working as Director of IoT. Before assuming a new role as Executive Director at the Finnish Information Society Development Centre, we talked to her to know everything.

With an extensive experience about everything from Smart Cities to Open Data, Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts had worked at the Helsinki’s Meteorological Institute, Frantic Digital Agency and Aalto University, using her experience in digital service development and IoT projects management. She has been leading an IoT team at Forum Virium, promoting business involvement in service development for Helsinki.

They work to make the Finnish capital the most functional smart city in the world, through the development of digital services and urban innovation. In collaboration with companies, universities and other organisations, this is another of Forum Virium's main goals. Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, in an informal conversation with Ubiwhere, explains to us that they currently have many developments in the fields of 5G and Artificial Intelligence, starting to work the future of connectivity and helping companies overcome imminent challenges.

’’helping companies overcome imminent challenges’’

Collaboration with Ubiwhere

Forum Virium Helsinki has recently collaborated with Ubiwhere in the EU project SynchroniCity, concretely on the multimodal transportation use case, where an open-source tool for multimodal route planning, originally developed in Helsinki, was integrated into Porto’s smart city ecosystem. Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts highly values our expertise with interoperability through open standards and robust software architectures for data collection and analysis, seeing it as an added value for the whole consortium.

This successful partnership between Ubiwhere and Helsinki will persist in the near future, with the upcoming implementation of urban furniture to enable the fifth generation of mobile networks (5G) and help the city monitor and improve the air quality, to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.