Helsinki is a hotspot for integrating smart and clean solutions into the city structure and people’s everyday life. Smart’n’Clean website showcases the 38 development projects that make sustainability a reality in the Greater Helsinki Region.
Text: Kenneth Vanhoutte, Com&Co The Smart Kalasatama project in Helsinki, Finland, is a prime example of an innovative Smart City project. This modern urban district will be fully transformed into a ‘living lab’ where residents experiment with multiple smart initiatives. Veera Mustonen, Project Leader of Smart Kalasatama, joined us via Skype for a brief interview ahead of the Smart City Forum to be held on December 2nd.
Smart Kalasatama’s Programme for Agile Piloting buys small pilots that provide new innovative services for people living in the Kalasatama area. Amongst the 52 offers submitted, the first five are now selected to be piloted during spring 2016. The pilots relate to smart mobility, electric bicycles, effective waste collection, reducing food waste and co-creating local services.
Barcelona Smart City Expo 17-19 November 2015 is the world’s leading smart city congress, where 400 of the most innovative and influential smart city thinkers will gather together to share knowledge, present visions and highlight opportunities on how we will create efficient, economically viable, sustainable and livable cities.
Réka Tóth, 28, sits in ASCHAN café Helsinki, and fills our booth with laughter. “Most people went to Valencia! But to me this project sounded so appealing that I was not concerned about the weather,” she smirks. Réka is in Helsinki as part of the Climate-KIC Pioneers into Practice programme. She has travelled all the way from Hungary to spend a month analysing smart city indexes and sustainability issues in Kalasatama, especially the new Sompasaari area.
Kalasatama is a new smart distict in Helsinki and an experiment in smart urban living. When completed in 2030, it’s 20,000 citizens will be fully integrated into the ICT infrastructure of the city. Bloomberg News’ team visited Helsinki and made a video about Smart Kalasatama.