Espoo named one of six top innovation hotspots in Europe

The City of Espoo has landed, for the second time in as many years, in the top six of the European Capital of Innovation Awards, a competition run and funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020.

The Finnish city accepted the award as recognition of its success in providing an attractive innovation and operating environment for forward-looking companies and educational and research partners. Its efforts on social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability aim to discover solutions to urban sustainability challenges, such as inclusion, employment, climate change and economic recovery, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Espoo is committed to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals by 2025, five years before the deadline,” highlighted Mayor Jukka Mäkelä.

“This is a good agenda for innovation work with companies and educational and research partners. It supports Espoo’s economic competitiveness and sustainability.”

The 270 000-resident city also called attention to its deep-rooted tradition of pursuing innovation through a network consisting of the likes of Fortum, Neste, Nokia, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

For the innovations to be impactful, it is crucial that also local residents contribute to the process, stressed Mäkelä.

“We provide services that support the wellbeing and daily lives of our residents. If we want our services to be resident-oriented, residents need to be involved in our development work. We are successful in everything that people get involved in,” he declared.

Espoo will use the 100 000-euro prize primarily to support the innovation activities of children and young people.

Belgium’s Leuven was named this year’s capital of innovation in Europe. Cluj-Napoca (RO), Helsingborg (SE), Valencia (ES) and Vienna (AT) were the four other finalists in the competition, which annually casts the spotlight on cities that come up innovative solutions to social challenges that engage and empower their residents.

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The world’s first MaaS operator commits to replace one million cars by 2030

MaaS Global, the world’s first MaaS operator, is now carbon neutral. The company has calculated its carbon footprint and offset CO2 emissions from not only its operations but also from customers trips made by using the company’s award-winning Whim app.

– We are happy to announce that you can now take carbon neutral trips by traveling withWhim. On our path to sustainable freedom of mobility we must “avoid, reduce”, and for now, also “compensate”. We aren’t yet able to avoid CO2 emissions entirely, and​​ for this reason we have offset our full carbon footprint for 2019 as the first MaaS operator.We will also do this for 2020 and for the coming years, says Krista Huhtala-Jenks, Head of Ecosystem and Sustainability at Maas Global.

– As we do not have our own means of transportation, we are working closely with our partners to increase the green and emission-free service​​offering for Whim users. At the same time, we want to challenge the entire industry to develop carbon-free movement, she continues.

Global sustainability initiative to replace one million cars

To mark the World Car Free Day, MaaS Global has launched a global sustainability initiative. The company is today committing to replace 1 million private cars with Whim subscriptions by 2030.

– Transport is the only sector that hasn’t been able to cut its emissions below the 1990values. At the moment, one quarter of global emissions come from transport. If nothing changes, a whopping 40 % of global CO2 emissions will come from transport by 2030, says Huhtala-Jenks.

– Our dream is a world where you don’t need to own a car to lead a happy and hassle-free life. We want to help cities so that they wouldn’t have to make policies to restrict cars because there would be better alternatives available. We call this alternative sustainable freedom of mobility. For this reason Whim exists. But in order to succeed, we need help. We have created a global sustainability initiative to get commitment from the MaaS industry, as well as from people, to find better alternatives to private car ownership, Huhtala-Jenks continues.

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More information:

Krista Huhtala-Jenks, ​Head of Ecosystem & Sustainability, ​MaaS Global

+358 40 759 3718

Tallinn University of Technology, Pylot and Telia are for the first time testing cross-border remote operation of an autonomous vehicle

Self-driving cars have become a reality, but they still require human intervention. Even the most advanced autonomous technology cannot solve all traffic situations, as it sometimes requires decision-making logic machines are not capable of.

To test those scenarios, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) built Iseauto, a self-driving shuttle. Now for the first time, TalTech, German teleoperations company Pylot and Telia in Estonia are using 5G technology to test cross-border remote control of the driverless shuttle.

“When Iseauto requires manual intervention, an operator in the remote control center in Munich can take over the car, solve the situation and then release the control back to the automated system,“ explains Raivo Sell, Senior Researcher & Program Manager of Product Development and Robotics at TalTech.

5G solves two main issues. “Firstly, it enables much faster data speeds needed for high-quality live video transmission. Secondly, 5G has much lower latency, which means that the vehicle can be controlled remotely without a delay,“ Sell says.

Telia and TalTech have a long-term strategic partnership on research and development of digital technologies.

“We started the preparations for implementing the 5G technology in Estonia already in 2016. In the autumn of 2017, we showcased an excavator remotely controlled over 5G at the Digital Summit. Our current cooperation with TalTech on the Iseauto project takes our R&D process to a new level by testing the technology across country borders,“ says Telia Estonia’s CTO Andre Visse.

Read more and watch the video here.

Blog: Sensible 4 makes The Dongfeng CM7 autonomous

One of the autonomous vehicles in the FABULOS pilot project last spring in Helsinki’s Pasila region was an ordinary-looking minibus. The only way to tell it’s not your everyday vehicle are the markings and sensors attached to it. But what truly matters, the technology, is located inside.

Built by the Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng, the Fengxing CM7 was introduced in 2013 and usually runs on diesel. Dongfeng has invested in the southern Swedish firm T-Engineering, which specializes in engine control and engine tuning. T-Engineering was given the task to convert the Pasila minibus into an electric vehicle. The diesel engine and all its parts, such as the fuel tank and the exhaust system, were removed and replaced with electric technology.


What makes this electric conversion special is the battery and the engine. As a prototype of an autonomous vehicle that will never be driven fast or in hilly terrain, the power of the car is not particularly relevant. The CM7 tops out at 30 km/h, which is more than enough for an environment like Pasila where the FABULOS pilot was taking place.

Low power requirements make it possible to use a low-voltage traction battery. Typically, electric cars use high-voltage batteries, such as 400V systems. However, in this case, T-Engineering was able to use a 48V battery. A low-voltage battery simplifies the constant adjustment and installation work that a prototype car requires as there are fewer safety concerns.

The driver usually turns the steering wheel and operates the turn signals, but in an autonomous vehicle, a computer takes care of these functions. What is needed is a control system that is attached to the mechatronics and actuators required for driving and controlling a car.

So in addition to the electric powertrain, T-Engineering also installed an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in the car. The ECU was specially developed by T-Engineering, and it offers both the drive control and diagnostics features.

With these changes, the CM7 was transformed into an electric platform for installing other technology needed for autonomous driving. Sensible 4 then installed the autonomous driving computer, the software and the intelligent capabilities and created an autonomous vehicle based on this platform. Now the car can pinpoint its location in all weather conditions, recognize obstacles in its way and use the decision-making features needed for autonomous driving.


When it comes down to it, sensors are quite simple devices. The real magic lies in the computer that interprets the flow of information from the sensors and reads the commands of the Remote Control Center (RCC). The computer makes decisions on driving based on this information.

The commands are sent to the electric control unit. Control of the car is then transferred to the motors and the servos that set the vehicle in motion. The turning of the wheels and the angle of the turns are measured, and this information is returned to Sensible 4’s control systems. Steering systems also relay information to systems outside the car. The CM7’s driving can be monitored in the Remote Control Center using both maps and video feeds. Driving systems are always somewhat inaccurate which must be considered when driving the vehicle.

The cooperation between Dongfeng’s CM7 and T-Engineering is a great example of retrofitted automatization – and how Sensible 4’s technology can be installed in all kinds of vehicles.

Blog by Tuomas Sauliala, read more from the Sensible 4’s website.

Vaisala Digital delivers real-time, comprehensive weather data to new Hyundai Motor Company vehicles

The inclusion of Vaisala’s digital weather information offering bolsters Hyundai’s focus on driver safety and positions the company as an advocate for innovative connected car services. 

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurement, today announced at TU-Automotive Detroit an agreement with Hyundai Motors to deliver Vaisala Infotainment Weather, a digital offering that provides drivers essential proactive information from in-vehicle infotainment systems about weather and driving conditions.

“With approximately one in every four traffic accidents stemming from inclement weather conditions, our wide-ranging service helps drivers remain aware of weather conditions along their routes and in close proximity to the vehicle’s current location,” said Markus Melin, Vice President of Vaisala Digital. “Even in locations where weather measurements are not easily obtained, our technology is able to predict conditions according to a driver’s route.”

Vaisala Infotainment Weather delivers location-based weather information – like temperature, precipitation, and wind speed – for Hyundai’s LIVE services. Building a successful in-vehicle weather service requires consideration of very dynamic weather conditions combined with the ever-changing position of the car, which demands highly sophisticated methods for local and timely weather data production and delivery.

Vaisala Digital in the automotive industry

In addition to providing an infotainment weather offering for connected cars, Vaisala Digital – which creates industry-leading digital solutions to support customers with weather critical operations — also offers advanced road surface condition datasets for automotive use cases. Leveraging more than 20 years of road weather experience, Vaisala delivers industry-leading sensors, a mobile data collection system, and world-class forecasting capabilities that provide real-time calculated driving condition forecasts (including the state of the road’s surface, visibility, and atmospheric weather events affecting driving) to any coordinate point around the globe. Vaisala forecasts are trusted in the winter maintenance industry by road authorities in a number of countries.

“Now that vehicles are increasingly connected, high-quality infotainment weather information is certainly a valuable commodity,” said Melin. “But leveraging today’s most advanced road weather technologies – beyond forecasting – to provide drivers with actionable information on road surface conditions, prediction of road friction, and other offerings will become invaluable in the future as vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems increasingly integrate onto our roadways around the globe. Accurate and detailed weather-related information and guidance is extremely useful for both drivers and connected vehicles.”

For more information about the Vaisala Infotainment Weather solution and the company’s other road weather technologies, please visit

City of Lahti Launches a Personal Carbon Trading Scheme for Citizens

Lahti, Finland, has become the first city in the world to launch a personal carbon trading scheme to reduce emissions from transport. Personal carbon trading means that citizens will benefit from reducing their own mobility emissions.

“The CitiCAP app of Lahti rewards people when the CO2 emissions of mobility are low,” says Anna Huttunen, the project manager for sustainable mobility in the city of Lahti.

Every inhabitant of the city can download the free mobile app that automatically tracks the means of transport used. If the app tracks that the user has replaced driving a car with walking or biking, the app automatically gives the user virtual coins. These coins can be used to purchase tickets for local busses or swimming halls, bags and pedestrian reflectors, for instance.

When using the CitiCAP app, the user can see the personal carbon footprint from transport and how it evolves as they change habits.

In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, the goal of the CitiCAP (Citizens’ Cap and Trade Co-created) project is to collect and make available digital data about mobility. Using that data, the city of Lahti can develop new transport services for its citizens.

The app has been tested by a limited number of users for more than a year. During the peak of the coronavirus crisis, the application has provided valuable information on changes in movement patterns. In Lahti, car traffic decreased by approximately 30% and the number of bus passengers within Lahti decreased by almost 80%.

The app has been developed with the software development kit (SDK) from MOPRIM, headquartered in Helsinki.

“MOPRIM has developed unique AI technology to determine the transport mode of the user. The resulting data allows deeper understanding of people mobility, including the carbon footprint, and enables data-driven development of sustainable mobility,” says Petri Martikainen, CEO of MOPRIM.

The CitiCAP mobile app is available in Finland on Google Play and App Store, and its use is voluntary. The experiment will last at least until the end of 2020. The CitiCAP project has received funding from the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions initiative.


More information:
Anna Huttunen
Project Manager for Sustainable Mobility, City of Lahti, t. +358 44 4826 176

Petri Martikainen
CEO, MOPRIM, t. +358 50 5500 666

The project website:


Read the original news article on the website of City of Lahti.

Vaisala Road-Ai helps Ringway Ltd in road inspections during the pandemic

Ringway has employed a form of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to allow essential highways maintenance checks to safely continue. The mobile data collection system with a broader vision in road video capture increases AI-based added value to support operations. Ringway is one of the strongest consulting companies in UK road and infrastructure management industry.

In partnership with Vaisala and Hertfordshire County Council, the Ringway team had originally started a trial in February to determine whether AI could be used to record road defects. When the COVID-19 crisis hit in March, the trial of the technology was accelerated as it helped with social distancing measures. Picture shows the video software trained to identify signage.

‘The Vaisala RoadAI technology requires only one member of the highways team to inspect the designated route. In place of the second team member, it uses video recording technology to capture and transmit footage, including individual network defects, to a Vaisala cloud system for automated analysis,’ Ringway said.

After the AI data analysis, based on machine learning, the footage is then available for review to help teams plan their maintenance actions.

Following the successful pilot and implementation of the RoadAI system in Hertfordshire, Ringway is discussing deploying the application with many other clients and is now able to move to single person inspections for the duration of the current working restrictions.

Yogesh Patel, process and improvement director at Ringway, said: ‘This is a brilliant example of where one of our teams has applied new technology to a conventional process and resolved a real and immediate problem with some excellent results.’

As a result of the new technology, Ringway has been able to redeploy many drivers and inspectors, originally used for road inspections to other essential highway maintenance activities.

Kevin Carrol, Ringway Hertfordshire divisional manager, said: ‘The safety of our people is paramount, and by using this technology we are able to ensure they are working in a safe environment.

‘Secondly, it allows us to continue with essential road maintenance during lockdown and in line with government recommendations. Social distancing, and limitations with public transport, has meant that roads are now the principal choice on which people are travelling and we need to ensure they are safe for emergency services, key workers and the general public.’

Cllr Phil Bibby, cabinet member for highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said: ‘This technology is great news for drivers in Hertfordshire. We’re always trying to find new and better ways of doing things, and the COVID-19 restrictions have given us the impetus to take rapid leaps forward that might otherwise have taken months to implement.

‘I’m really pleased that Ringway has been able to deploy this technology and continue with road inspections under difficult circumstances while freeing up staff for essential maintenance work.’

Read the original news article on Highways magazine’s website.

A Unique Smart City Pilot Goes Live In Espoo, Finland

A company consortium led by Nokia is targeting the global smart city markets, worth tens of billions of euros.  The LuxTurrim5G ecosystem has just completed a one-of-a-kind piloting environment that boosts the development of new data-driven services for cities both in Finland and abroad. It covers the route from Nokia HQ Campus in Espoo, Finland, to the near-by Kera railway station. Comprising of 19 smart poles with the latest 5G technology and altogether 250 interconnected devices it brings super-fast connectivity and extensive sensor network available for practical piloting of digital smart city services.

The LuxTurrim5G project has been progressing systematically from multi-disciplinary research to practice.  The 5G smart pole concept does not only boast a 5G base station integrated into a light pole but also weather and air quality sensors, video cameras, displays, an electric vehicle charging point and other devices. The concept has now reached its piloting phase for practical applications. The extensive pilot network of 19 smart poles has just been completed in Kera, Espoo, covering areas in Nokia’s Espoo Campus and extending to the nearby Kera railway station. The smart poles, using the so called millimetre wave 5G technology, bring high-speed 5G connectivity and an extensive network of sensors within the reach of the users.

”This is a globally unique smart city pilot where a high-speed and low latency 5G network, an extensive sensor network and a data platform bring novel services to the city, its people and community,” says Pekka Wainio, Project Manager, Nokia Bell Labs.  “Local data collected by the various devices, cameras and sensors within the network can be used to produce a multitude of local services through the open interfaces of the data platform. We have received wide interest on how the surveillance cameras and radar devices can be utilised in overall security surveillance, traffic and road quality monitoring, for remote control of self-driving vehicles and in other transport and logistics services,” Wainio continues.

The smart pole network itself, built by Nokia and its partners, comprises approximately 250 interconnected devices, such as three new generation 5G base stations (26 GHz by Nokia), more than 50 WiFi devices (60 GHz), 75 video cameras, 49 different sensors monitoring the air quality, weather, temperature, road surface state as well as CO2 levels etc. (Vaisala and others), nine radar devices (six traffic radars and three lidars), seven information screens, an electric vehicle charging station and a drone charging and landing station at the top of the pole (Rumble Tools).

In addition to the smart poles, the LuxTurrim5G pilot network also has two smart and safe bus stops (Connected Zone by Teleste,) and a separate city information display, showcasing how different sensors can be integrated into the elements found in the urban infrastructure. These are part of the “LuxTurrim5G smart urban furniture” we are developing for cities. Drones and self-driving vehicles, such as the self-driving shuttle bus (Sensible 4), are also an essential part of the piloting entity where the infrastructure, functionality and services for a smart city are developed in a holistic way.

From light poles to smart poles

The LuxTurrim5G smart pole concept has been developed to meet the future needs of cities. It is not about the light pole as such, as this is a completely new element forming an essential part of the key infrastructure of a smart city – its digital backbone. The recently implemented smart pole version already serves as a pre-commercial pilot product which helps to design the actual smart pole product family. The companies mainly responsible for the design and manufacturing of the pilot poles have been Tehomet Oy and Orbis Oy.

”This is the first large-scale smart pole pilot in Finland, and a globally significant project. The shift from traditional light poles to smart poles is a natural, but also a challenging task where every partners’ role matters. Currently we are already working with the next generation of smart poles and focusing on designing and productising a complete product family. Smart poles hold huge potential for global markets,” says Sami Huuskonen, Design Manager at Tehomet Oy.

The integration of several devices to form a well-functioning entity has been the key area of development in manufacturing of the smart poles.

“The limited space in the smart poles sets its challenges in the installation environment. The devices integrated into the pole also have different interfaces that must be connected to the same cabling system for data and power supply. The smart poles that are being piloted in the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem enable services that are needed today but they also serve as a platform for future services. We have designed our solution so that it is possible to add and replace equipment over the course of the smart pole’s life cycle. As the needs are evolving, it will not be necessary to replace the entire pole or dig new trunk cables under street level,” says Jani Linna-Aro, CEO of Orbis Oy.

Digital services for sustainability and smoother living

Espoo is going to transform the Kera area to a smart and urban district with at least 14,000 residents and 10,000 jobs in near future. Kera will become a showcase of sustainable urban development and an international reference case, where the city works together with its partners to create novel, clean and smart solutions to enhance the smoother living of its people. The future Kera will be a significant piloting ground for new solutions, paving the way to larger international projects. The role of Espoo as a pioneer of sustainable development appointed by the United Nations also promotes this approach.

”The newly implemented LuxTurrim5G pilot network and its smart route from Nokia Campus to Kera railway station showcase an excellent example of a new kind of bold and concrete co-innovation between companies and the city,” says Pekka Vikkula, Project Director at City of Espoo.

The LuxTurrim5G smart pole network will form the digital backbone of a smart city offering high-speed connectivity and a versatile sensor network. This in turn brings a wide variety of relevant on-line data available e.g. on environment, weather, traffic flows, public safety, usage of energy to be used by the city and companies for specific needs and to create holistic situational awareness.  Cities have also big amounts of own data which often is not widely utilized. The project has already been developing a data platform that is capable of processing large masses of data from various sources in a reliable and efficient manner. All this is important for building new data-driven services for the city needs. LuxTurrim5G partners are excited to move now to practical piloting of different service concepts in the actual live environment. This lays the foundations to the development of the Kera area and helps us to validate our solutions for scale-up in international projects. Through this Espoo pilot, the LuxTurrim5G consortium shares an ambitious target to expand to global smart city markets, worth tens of billions of euros.

Read the original news article on The LuxTurrim5G’s website. Photo: LuxTurrim5G

Data helps the city of Vaasa go carbon neutral

A collaboration project between the City of Vaasa, Vaasan Sähkö, Wärtsilä and TietoEVRY is aiming to build one of the world’s first solutions to help a city go carbon neutral.

In the pilot, the team is researching measures that could slow down climate change, with the City of Vaasa a pilot environment.

Cities all over the world are facing the same problem: CO2 emissions need to be cut down and there’s no time to waste. Plenty of data is needed for efficient decision-making, such as the scale of emissions from hospitals, schools, transportation and heating, as well as the factors that affect them; but the information is often scattered across different organisations. It’s difficult to estimate the emissions of particular actions beforehand – and so is keeping track of the effectiveness of the changes.

A new tool to help demonstrate the impact of climate change

To solve the problem, the City of Vaasa has embarked on a ground-breaking experiment. It brings together all the data from its three biggest carbon emission sources – transportation, heating and electricity consumption – enabling the parties involved to scrutinise the impact of different actions on emission levels. With the help of the new tool, it’s possible to demonstrate where and how the city’s emissions are generated, which allows the efficiency of different measures to be simulated and verified. What would happen to emissions if the temperature in schools was dropped by one degree, or a car-free day was organised? In the first phase, the experiment includes approximately 30% of the city’s carbon emission sources.

– In the project, we’ll produce a tool for the City of Vaasa to bring about an in-depth understanding of the phenomena behind emissions, as well as a way to target well-planned measures efficiently and track their effectiveness, explains Fredrik Jansson, Principal Consultant, Data and Ecosystems, TietoEVRY.

– In the big picture, we’re studying phenomena and testing practical solutions to slow down climate change in a city environment. Soon, we will have results that form a basis for other cities to tackle the same challenges, he continues.

– It’s only natural that an experiment like this takes place in Vaasa, considering the cluster of energy technology and strong expertise in the region. We’re proud to be part of a collaboration that is taking concrete steps to slow down climate change. This experiment also strengthens our aim to make the city carbon neutral by 2030, says the mayor of the City of Vaasa, Tomas Häyry.

Open access to data is key to success

Collaboration between all parties is a quintessential part of the project. The companies and the city are committed to sharing information and offering access to data that has traditionally been held internally. On top of the interface itself, building a collaborative model for the parties involved plays a crucial role.

– This co-operation is a great example of how we can combine our expertise in the energy industry in Vaasa and build solutions that are innovative and useful on a global scale. For us, this is yet another way to test new models and cut down carbon emissions,” notes Stefan Damlin, CEO of Vaasan Sähkö.

The project originally stems from the open collaboration between the Committed network and local actors in Vaasa.

– Wärtsilä and TietoEVRY are founding members of Committed and it’s great to see a concrete tool grow from an idea to execution so quickly after the network was founded,” says Matti Rautkivi, Director, Wärtsilä.

– This is also an excellent example of the operating model we’re forming at the Smart Technology Hub being built in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. In the future, co-operation will happen within ecosystems.

Additional information and interview requests

City of Vaasa: communications manager, Leena Forsén,, 040 6350762
TietoEVRY: communications manager, Jenni Jusslin,, 050 322 1420
Vaasan Sähkö: communications manager, Mikaela Jussila,, 06 324 5162
Wärtsilä Finland: communications director, Hanna-Mari Soini,, 010 709 5095

The City of Vaasa
Always sunny, the City of Vaasa is the energy capital of the Nordics, bringing together innovativeness, technology, high-quality services, diverse education and cultural opportunities, as well as an energetic atmosphere.

Vaasan Sähkö
Vaasan Sähkö is a strong energy corporation, with its core businesses in selling and distributing energy. The corporation’s affiliate is Vaasan Sähköverkko. Vaasan Sähkö employs approximately 120 staff and in 2019 its turnover was EUR 153 million.

TietoEVRY creates digital advantage for businesses and society. We are a leading digital services and software company with local presence and global capabilities. Our Nordic values and heritage steer our success.

Headquartered in Finland, TietoEVRY employs around 24 000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. TietoEVRY’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 3 billion and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm, as well as the Oslo Børs.

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion, with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

For more information about the Committed network, visit:

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Finnish AI research gets boost from NVIDIA

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) and NVIDIA have announced the establishment of a joint research centre to accelerate artificial intelligence research, education and adoption in Finland.

Called NVIDIA AI Technology Center (NVAITC), the centre will begin its operations next month, offering researchers an opportunity to develop computationally demanding AI applications with the help of the graphics processing unit (GPU) and artificial intelligence software expertise of NVIDIA.

Examples of such applications can be found in the fields of healthcare and smart cities, for instance.

Keijo Heljanko, professor of computer science at the University of Helsinkisaid achieving scientific breakthroughs in artificial intelligence may require the processing of such large datasets that researchers may not be able to complete their work without the support of a centre such as NVAITC.

“NVIDIA has in-depth expertise in GPU-based systems, which all AI researchers have not yet access to,” he stated.

The GPUs of NVIDIA are used especially for AI model training and interference. The computing platform of the hardware provider is used in business and research efforts worldwide to harness the power of artificial intelligence, according to Simon See, senior director of NVAITC at NVIDIA.

The California-based company has previously set up NVAITCs in Luxembourg, Italy and Asia.

Also the Finnish IT Centre for Science (CSC) will lend a hand to the project by supplying a substantial amount of computing power for researchers at its server farm in Kajaani, central Finland.

“We are able to provide researchers with significant GPU capacity and expert support for the utilisation of artificial intelligence-based high-performance computing environments,” told Kimmo Koski, CEO of CSC.

FCAI is a Finnish community of AI experts coordinated by Aalto University, the University of Helsinki and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Read the original news article on The Good News from Finland’s website. Photo: The Good News from Finland