Built Environment

We promote the testing and development of new clean and smart solutions in an urban environment. Solutions may relate to, for example, construction, the promotion of energy efficiency, energy production, the circular economy, air quality, as well as the development and utilization of new technologies (e.g. IoT, 5G) in an urban environment. If you are interested in co-creating a smarter and more sustainable city environment, please contact us!

What do the test platform activities offer to businesses?

We offer both companies and RDI actors of different sizes and stages of development the opportunity to develop, test, and pilot smart and sustainable solutions in an urban environment together with city experts and citizens. The solutions place special emphasis on environmental and climate goals, as well as on enabling smooth everyday living.

In the built urban environment, smart and clean businesses are promoted with both smaller test challenges, as well as with wider scalable solutions through competitions and market dialogue.

The development environments for built environments

The City of Helsinki actively promotes smart, energy-efficient, and climate-smart solutions in their renovation and extension construction sites. These are developed and implemented in residential and service construction sites both in individual buildings as well as at the block level. The urban environment industry, the City of Helsinki Housing Production (ATT), and Heka Oy are central players in these projects.

In cooperation with various business partners, the City of Helsinki has conducted numerous 5G experiments in 2020, e.g. related to augmented reality and edge computation. A larger project, Pasila 5G, was launched over the summer in which the city is conducting various tests in 5G and NB-IoT networks together with YIT, Telia and Mall of Tripla. Not only do the tests seek to gain experience on how a smart city and a smart shopping center can create additional value for each other by leveraging numerous different data sources, but also to find solutions that can be scaled elsewhere.

The Health Outdoor Premises for Everyone HOPE project, funded by Europe’s Structural Fund’s Urban Innovative Action program, develops, among other things, air quality measurement technology and Helsinki’s air quality measurement network, as well as offers new real-time local measurement data for companies to utilize together with their partners.

To whom are the solutions developed for?

With the help of new, sustainable and intelligent solutions, a more functional and enjoyable city will be built for Helsinki residents. Companies participating in the test platforms are able to develop their business as the need-based nature and quality of their products and services improve. 

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  • Jussi Kulonpalo

  • Project Manager
    Urban Innovative Actions HOPE – Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone
    City of Helsinki
    Economic Development: Innovations and New Experiments
  • Tapani Nevanpää

  • Senior Advisor
    5G, IoT and Data
    City of Helsinki
    Economic Development: Innovations and New Experiments
  • Essi Haapaniemi

  • Project Coordinator
    Urban Innovative Actions HOPE – Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone
    City of Helsinki
    Economic Development: Innovations and New Experiments
  • Mikko Martikka

  • Senior Advisor
    Smart & Clean Solutions
    City of Helsinki
    Economic Development: Innovations and New Experiments
  • Kalle Toivonen

  • Senior Specialist
    Digitalization and New Technologies
    City of Helsinki
    Economic Development: Innovations and New Experiments
  • Mira Jarkko

  • Senior Advisor, Innovation Agent
    City of Helsinki
    Economic Development: Innovations and New Experiments