Seaspan Enhances Fleet with Wärtsilä’s Cutting-Edge Autonomous Docking Technology

The Finnish tech conglomerate Wärtsilä’s subsidiary, Wärtsilä ANCS, has successfully implemented their pioneering SmartDock autonomous docking system for Seaspan, a prominent Canadian marine transport and shipbuilding enterprise.

The delivery is said to mark a significant step towards autonomous docking and undocking operations, making maritime activities safer and more efficient.

The SmartDock system developed by Wärtsilä ANCS enables Seaspan to perform autonomous docking manoeuvres even in challenging conditions, where currents reach up to two knots. With its advanced technology, SmartDock guarantees safe and predictable docking and undocking manoeuvres, reducing the need for intensive interaction from the vessel’s captain.

Wärtsilä ANCS’s scope of work, which was signed in 2021, includes providing the autonomous SmartDock system, including track development for autodocking at Tilbury, Duke Point, and Swartz Bay ports in Canada.

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Vapaus Strikes Gold at the 2023 European Startup Prize for Mobility

Vapaus Triumphs with Benefit Bike Service: Secures Gold in 5th European Startup Prize for Mobility Among 700+ Applicants.

Vapaus’ commitment to developing and deploying innovative solutions for the mobility sector, was recognized and inspired the jury. The European Startup Prize for Mobility is a recognition to the most pioneering startups in the mobility sector across Europe.

Vapaus Achieves Remarkable Growth

Vapaus, the innovative e-mobility and digital solutions provider, has witnessed a staggering 300% increase in turnover in 2022, soaring to €18.8 million. This remarkable growth trajectory continued in 2023, with the same turnover level achieved by July, edging the company towards its breakeven point. In Finland, Vapaus’s impact is profound, serving over 1300 business customers and equipping their staff with more than 16,000 benefit bikes. This growth not only underscores Vapaus’s commitment to promoting cycling-friendly environments and transforming urban commuting but also marks the beginning of its expansion into Sweden.

In support of Vapaus’s mission, a study by the Finnish Cyclists’ Federation, released on April 14, 2023, highlights the positive influence of bike benefits on employee commuting habits in Finland. Furthermore, the European Cyclists’ Federation has estimated annual benefits of cycling in the EU, including the UK, to be up to €150 billion, considering its positive impacts on the environment, public health, and mobility systems.”

About Vapaus:

Vapaus Bikes Finland Oy, a benefit bike service company founded in 2018 with over 30 professionals, combines eMobility, digital solutions, and welfare development in its service model. Ranked 19th among Finland’s 100 fastest-growing companies, Vapaus saw a 300% turnover was €18.8 million in 2022 and turnover in Jan-Aug 2023 is €21.4 million approaching breakeven in 2023. Vapaus aims to sustain its growth both in Finland and abroad.

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Triumphant Win for City of Tampere and Wapice Ltd at the World’s Largest Smart City Event

Tampere Smart City has won a major technology award at The Enabling Technologies Award at the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). Tampere Smart City is built on Wapice’s IoT platform IoT-TICKET.

The World Smart City Awards, in their 13th iteration, selected winners from 411 entries, with Tampere Smart City emerging as a standout. The city’s IoT platform “IoT-Ticket”, internationally acclaimed for its secure, high-quality data use, has significantly enhanced the daily lives of citizens, businesses, and government.

Tampere’s distinction in the competition stemmed from its global relevance; its innovative use of the IoT platform as a smart data hub addresses universal urban challenges in sustainability, safety, and business services, setting a replicable model for cities worldwide. Among other finalists were contenders from Hong Kong and Spain.

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Telia Crowd Insights Enhances Finnish Road Traffic Management for Fintraffic

Driving Traffic Management Innovation: Fintraffic Leverages Telia Crowd Insights to Propel Finnish Road Traffic Control and Planning into the Future. Telia Crowd Insights, a cutting-edge service harnessing anonymized and aggregated mobile network data to analyze movement patterns, is set to usher in a new era of traffic control and management in Finland. Fintraffic, dedicated to ensuring safe, efficient, and eco-friendly mobility in the country, is poised to benefit from richer and more detailed data for enhancing traffic planning, road maintenance, and investment projects.

Fintraffic’s Mobile Network Data Software Development and Nationwide Rollout Scheduled for 2024

Traffic calculations are conducted across Finland’s state-owned road network spanning approximately 78,000 kilometers. The road network is divided into 15,000 segments and traffic is counted at 3,000 of these segments each year. Roadside calculations take between one to two weeks and are performed either manually or using radar.

Fintraffic and Telia started a research and development project at the end of 2021, with the aim of using mobility data collected from the cellular network to enable more targeted planning of traffic and road maintenance. Following a tender process this year, Telia will continue as Fintraffic’s provider and developer of mobility data.

Telia Crowd Insights data will reduce the need for roadside calculations in two ways. Firstly, the data will be used to determine whether there has been a significant change in traffic volume on a particular segment of road. If there hasn’t been a significant change, there is no need for Fintraffic to perform a roadside calculation. Secondly, whereas previously it was necessary for Fintraffic to perform two roadside calculations at different times of year on each segment to determine the seasonal variation pattern, this pattern will now be revealed by Telia Crowd Insights data.

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Kempower Joins Forces with Milence JV (Traton – Volvo – Daimler) as an EV Charger Supplier for Heavy-Duty Networks

Kempower Secures Deal to Provide DC Charging Solutions for Milence: A Traton, Volvo, and Daimler Joint Venture Aiming to Establish 1,700 Charging Stations for Heavy-Duty EVs in Europe by 2024.

Kempower becomes one of the suppliers of Milence

Milence will initially focus on charging locations in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. With half a billion euros in initial funding, Milence can begin a rapid expansion to support and accelerate the transition to zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles in Europe and offer drivers a more comfortable and safe working environment.

With this contract, Kempower becomes one of the charging technology suppliers that will help Milence develop truck charging hubs throughout Europe. Kempower will deliver its Kempower Satellite charging systems with CCS and 400 kW of power.

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NEMO Maritime Traffic Notification Service Triumphs in Global Service Design Award Contest

NEMO Shines Bright: Crowned Champion at the 2023 Global Service Design Awards in the Professional Commercial Category! This annual accolade celebrates the pinnacle of global excellence in service design.

This year’s finalists comprised of 19 service design projects from around the world. Winning in its category, Maritime Traffic Notification Service NEMO’s service design is a collaborative effort between Fintraffic’s Vessel Traffic Service and Siili Solutions.

NEMO is a comprehensive maritime transport and port logistics development project where the aim is to innovatively seek new digital solutions for the development of Finnish maritime logistics.

The main objective of NEMO is to create uniform methods for submitting the notifications required in the vessel report from the notifier to the authorities and to ensure that the information can be submitted in the same way to the national maritime information management systems of all EU member states. Furthermore, Maritime Traffic Notification Service NEMO’s added value services will support the development and introduction of optimisation services for different kinds of port calls.

Stakeholder Collaboration: Crafting Together

A vast number of actors in the sector have participated in the planning of Maritime Traffic Notification Service NEMO. Dozens of maritime operators, such as shipping companies, ship brokers, forwarding agencies, shippers, transport companies, ports, port operators, and authorities are involved in the development of the service, helping ensure that the service will be based on a deep understanding of the client and designed to be as client-oriented as possible.

A vast number of actors in the sector have participated in the planning of Maritime Traffic Notification Service NEMO. Dozens of maritime operators, such as shipping companies, ship brokers, forwarding agencies, shippers, transport companies, ports, port operators, and authorities are involved in the development of the service, helping ensure that the service will be based on a deep understanding of the client and designed to be as client-oriented as possible.

“Together with key operators in the maritime sector, we are creating a long-lasting service. In addition to the present moment, the needs of the future will be taken into account as well, all the way from the roles of shipping and logistics to the various processes involved. From the beginning, the focus has been on understanding the client, so I would like to extend my thanks to this large group of maritime operators who have contributed to the design of the new Maritime Traffic Notification Service NEMO,” explains Miikka Kälvinmäki, Business Designer of Fintraffic’s Vessel Traffic Service.

NEMO’s vision concept represents the future image of the new operational roles and processes in the maritime and logistics sector as well as the utilisation of public and private sector data in providing value-adding services.

Established in 2004, the Service Design Network (SDN) is a leading non-profit institution and driver for global growth, development and innovation in service design. The Service Design Award, which has been awarded annually by the Service Design Network since 2015, is the first international service design award that recognises the achievements of service design companies and communities in both the public and private sectors. The winner of the award was announced on 5 October 2023 at the Service Design Global Conference in Berlin.

Changes in EU legislation underlying the new Maritime Traffic Notification Service. Maritime Traffic Notification Service NEMO is Finland’s response to EU Regulation 2019/1239, the main objective of which is to create uniform methods for submitting the notifications required in the vessel report from the notifier to the authorities and to ensure that the same information can be submitted in the same way to all national maritime information management systems in the EU member states. In Finland, this means harmonising the notifications submitted by 800,000 ships per year. In addition to the statutory service, added value services will be created to support the development and introduction of optimisation services for different kinds of port calls. The service is being built in Finland by Fintraffic’s Vessel Traffic Service and its partner companies, and it will be used by all ships arriving at Finnish ports from August 2024 onwards.

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AI-SEE- Artificial Intelligence enhancing vehicle vision in low visibility conditions project

In the AI-SEE project, a PENTA EURIPIDES² labelled research project is taking seriously the mission impossible – 24/7 automated driving in poor visibility conditions. 21 partners comprising world class players on the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and supplier level will join forces over a period of three years to build a novel, robust sensor system supported by artificial intelligence for low visibility conditions. The result will be a robust, fault-tolerant multi-sensor perception system. It will be functional in practically all lighting and weather conditions in 24h/365-day mode enabling safe automated driving at SAE Level 4. The project led by Mercedes-Benz AG kicked off on June 2021.

The project is co-developing broad spectrum of complex hardware and software development needed to tackle this currently considered blind spot of automated vehicles. Specifically, the state-of-the-art fault tolerant multi-sensor perception system supported by AI processing scheme will be presented and the related R&I challenges of implementing self-diagnosis, adaptation and robustness discussed. Furthermore, the requirements for inclement weather data collection and sensor near transformation models for synthetic datasets generation will be outlined.

On 31 August and 1 September, 2023, the AI-SEE consortium convened for its 2nd Consortium Meeting at the VTT premises in Tampere, Finland. This gathering brought together over 30 participants with the primary objectives of reviewing the technical accomplishments achieved during the 2nd project year and aligning efforts for the project’s completion in 2024.


During the meeting, notable progress was showcased through the presentation of project demonstration vehicles by VTT, Unikie, Magna/Veoneer, and Patria. This marked a crucial integration milestone in the validation process of the AI-SEE platform.

Additionally, a collaborative testing campaign took place in Padasjoki, Finland, where the Patria off-road land demonstrator, equipped with automotive sensing components, underwent successful testing on forest terrain typical of Finland. This achievement underscored the adaptability and effectiveness of the AI-SEE perception system in diverse domains.

About AI-SEE

AI-SEE is a co-labelled PENTA and EURIPIDES2 project endorsed by EUREKA. National Funding Authorities are Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Business Finland, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). EURIPIDES² is a EUREKA Cluster promoting the generation of innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Smart Electronic Systems. Twenty organisations have committed to build a novel, robust sensing system supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that enables automated travel in variable traffic and weather conditions.

Project duration: 36 months, starting on 1st June 2021

Total costs: €20 million

Funding from national public authorities (co-labelled by PENTA and EURIPIDES²): €10 million

Coordinator: Mercedes-Benz AG



OEMs: Mercedes-Benz AG, Patria Land Oy

Automotive Suppliers: Magna/Veoneer Sweden AB, Robert Bosch GmbH, AVL List GmbH, Brightway Vision Ltd., ams-OSRAM AG, Torc Europe GmbH, Torc CND Robotics Inc.

Research Institutes: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Universität Stuttgart, CARISSMA Institute of Automated Driving, Stiftung für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Meßtechnik an der Universität Ulm

Engineering Companies: Ansys Germany GmbH, Meluta Oy, UNIKIE Oy, OQmented GmbH, FIFTY2 Technology GmbH, Basemark Oy, AstaZero AB

Kempower Solutions: Powering Up the World’s Largest Fast-Charging Plaza for Electric Trucks and Off-Highway Vehicles

Kempower solutions now available at the world’s largest fast-charging plaza for electric trucks and off-highway vehicles

  • WattHub, the world’s largest fast-charging plaza for electric trucks and off-highway vehicles, has officially opened in the Netherlands. 
  • The site features six 600kW Kempower Power Units and 36 Kempower Satellites, delivering a total capacity of 3.6MW.
  • TSG Netherlands designed and built the entire WattHub charging plaza, including supplying and installing the Kempower chargers.

Kempower has supplied its fast-charging solutions for WattHub, which has officially opened in the Dutch town of Geldermalsen. The facility, the world’s largest fast-charging plaza for electric trucks and off-highway vehicles, was designed and built by TSG Netherlands. The King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, attended the opening event of the charging plaza on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

The establishment of WattHub signifies a pivotal milestone in advancing the construction industry towards eco-friendly, zero-emission technology driven by renewable energy sources.

At WattHub, the Kempower charging system boasts an impressive 3.6MW total capacity, comprising six 600kW Kempower Power Units and 36 Kempower Satellites. These satellites are organized into groups of six, providing charging capabilities ranging from 25kW to 400kW – the fastest charging speeds available in the Netherlands. Situated conveniently between Rotterdam and the German highway, the Geldermalsen location is poised to become a crucial stopover for electric truck drivers in the years ahead.

Kempower has further contributed its Kempower ChargEye Depot Master charging management software to WattHub, a cloud-based system that ensures secure charging monitoring and management. It optimizes electricity costs and dynamically allocates power to the chargers, effectively eliminating any risk of overcapacity.

TSG Netherlands played a pivotal role in designing and constructing the entire WattHub charging plaza. This included the supply and installation of Kempower chargers and transformer stations, in addition to overseeing all related electrical infrastructure. Notably, the facility operates exclusively on wind and solar power.

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Kempower in brief

We design and manufacture reliable and user-friendly DC fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles. Our vision is to create the world’s most desired EV charging solutions for everyone, everywhere. Our product development and production are based in Finland, with the majority of our materials and components sourced locally. We focus on all areas of e-mobility, from electric cars, trucks, and buses to machines and marine. Our modular and scalable charging system and world-class software are designed by EV drivers for EV drivers, enabling the best user experience for our customers around the world. Kempower is listed in the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland.

Skoda Group’s Innovative Partnership with Tampere Tramway Ltd – Pioneering Passenger Counting System Testing in Tampere’s Lyyli Living Lab

Skoda Group is in an era where AI continually evolves and leaves its mark across various sectors. In our industry, we are no exception as we explore the full potential of our new intelligent AI-based passenger counting system, developed by our colleagues in Finland. We work on integrating it into public transportation in the near future.

This system accurately calculates passenger inflow and outflow at each stop, and what is remarkable is its ability to account for dogs, bicycles, wheelchairs, and strollers. Passengers will soon have access to real-time occupancy information for every tram. They can choose the least crowded, spacious module for their journey. Even people with allergies can select a tram or module free from furry companions.

Skoda Group is thrilled about our collaboration with Tampereen Raitiotie Oy/ Tampere Tramway Ltd., who facilitated the testing of the passenger counting system in Tampere. It was tested on tram Lyyli, the first one delivered to our customer. Each tram has its name there, and Lyyli’s name inspired the Lyyli Living Lab project. This unique testing environment for smart urban mobility in Tampere is where various smart solutions for smart cities are developed.

We strive to enhance your public transportation experience intelligently.

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and Nokia have joined forces to participate in the Grand Paris rail project

A collaborative “Technology for Good” alliance between a prominent communications technology provider and a firm specializing in networking, communications, and cloud solutions is bolstering transportation services in the Grand Paris region.

Leading technology firms Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) and Nokia are coming together to power the Grand Paris Express, one of Europe’s largest metro rail projects, for which they have combined their complementary offers to provide certified and integrated end-to-end mission-critical infrastructure.

The Grand Paris Express is seen as enabling a key role as the French economy looks for drivers of the sustainable and virtuous growth needed to face the challenges of the 21st century, in particular driving ecological transition. The new metro is designed to change the face of the Île-de-France region, and Société du Grand Paris is the driving force behind the public transport scheme project, which is said to give planners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redesign and reshape the city to make it more inclusive and environmentally friendly.

For the two million daily travellers in the Grand Paris area, the new communications system promises superior levels of service, with intuitive ticketing and enhanced digital services such as greater connectivity.

Configured as a small ring and a large ring, the four new metro lines, plus the extension of an existing line, are designed to shorten the daily commutes of close to three million people. The Grand Paris Express will serve the main business districts – La Défense, La Plaine Saint-Denis; the major hubs of science and higher learning – Paris-Saclay, Institut Gustave-Roussy, La Cité Descartes; three key regional airports – Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Le Bourget; and three high-speed train stations – Massy-Palaiseau, Versailles-Chantiers and Charles de Gaulle. In all, 130 universities and higher learning institutions, 408 healthcare centres and 656 cultural venues will be within a 10-minute walk of the future stations.

The future subway includes 200km of new rail that will create the additional services. In addition, 68 new subway stations will be built, helping to create sustainable urban centres in these locations.

The solutions developed by ALE and Nokia are designed to meet all the operation and maintenance requirements of the Grand Paris Express, such as a multi-service IP/MPLS high-speed backbone network, which includes the router portfolio.

ALE and Nokia believe communication between the centralised control centre and the automated stations, lines and depots, which are closely monitored, is key to daily operations and maintenance, and is an important component in the project’s cyber security strategy.

The ruggedised LAN OmniSwitch range by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is being deployed in stations and in remote industrial environments to make the management of video surveillance and air quality control via internet of things (IoT) sensors possible. It is intended to increase efficiency, enhance safety and improve the passenger experience by providing operational data in real time.

Both companies have an ongoing deployment in the project planned until 2035, as well as several other projects that will serve transportation customers around the world in years to come.

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