Smart city and built environment 2015

Smart Kalasatama

Helsinki, Finland


City of Helsinki


Internet of things, Intelligent transport, Data security, Server solutions

Smart Kalasatama is promoted as an "innovation district" of smart urban development developed through experimenting, ICT technologies and the use of data, growing from collaboration between the city, companies and citizens. The project has multiple aims, including a testbed function. There are also bigger development projects involving citizens, in the health and wellness centre, where Finland's cluster of health companies participate in developing and testing services in the facilities.

What was tested

Internet of Things; Data security equipment; Server solutions; Intelligent Transport;

Testbed purpose

The testbed function of the district aims to engage start-ups so they can get into the field of city development early and test their products, and involve large companies so they can move faster into the market. The overall aim of Smart Kalasatama is to save the inhabitants one hour per day by offering functional digital services.


Innovation district in Helsinki with access to people aware that they are living in a test environment.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Marketing and local economic development
  • Make public services better and more efficient

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