6Aika projects

6Aika is a joint strategy of the six largest cities in Finland for sustainable urban development. It consists of several projects in which the Six Cities solve development challenges in cooperation with each other and with companies, city residents and the research sector. In addition to Tampere, the Six Cities include Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku and Oulu. The development of the Hervanta test area has benefited, for example, from the results of these 6Aika projects.

6Aika: Open Real Time Interfaces in Transport and Traffic (LIIRA)

The aim of the LIIRA project was to develop the infrastructure for open transport data in cities and to activate companies. The project was implemented between 1 August 2015 and 30 September 2017 and involved the cities of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu, as well as the University of Tampere. In LIIRA, traffic data interfaces were opened, which are now freely available and usable in the cities’ own data catalogues.

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SOHJOA – Physical and Virtual Innovation Platform of Autonomous Last Mile Urban Transportation

The aim of the SOHJOA project was to generate new innovations and a new understanding of the use of autonomous minibuses in last-mile transport both for the public sector and for IoT and mobility service companies. In particular, the project increased the practical capability of innovation-oriented transport companies to utilise autonomous vehicles. The project involved Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University, Forum Virium Helsinki and the National Land Survey of Finland.

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New Solutions for City Logistics

The main objective of the New Solutions in City Logistics project was to enhance and streamline urban logistics together with companies operating in the logistics sector and using logistics services. The project was implemented between 1 August 2018 and 31 December 2020. The project was coordinated by the City of Turku, and the other partners were Forum Virium Helsinki, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Valonia/the Regional Council of Southwest Finland.

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City Guidance Ecosystem

The City Guidance Ecosystem project developed new concepts for guidance and map services as well as products and services for domestic and international markets. Some 200 companies participated in the project, and almost 100 companies were trained by the project.

In Turku, a city-wide guidance concept was developed. In Helsinki, the concept of guidance and the project programme were updated in terms of digital guidance. In Tampere, the city’s digital guidance services were developed, especially for events and exceptional situations, and the walking guidance concept was piloted.

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Open Data of the Six Cities

The cities built harmonised decision-making, feedback, event and resource APIs. These APIs are now used to share all the data concerning the cities’ events (Linked Events) and the decisions of their city councils and boards, for example.

The cities built a data portal platform, which compiles all the data, documents, instructions and metadata available in the cities.

The Open Data and Interfaces spearhead project spread awareness of open data and increased related expertise and cooperation between the cities and with businesses and educational institutions.

The lead partner of the Open Data and Interfaces spearhead project was the City of Tampere, and the project was coordinated by Business Tampere. Subprojects were carried out by the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku and Oulu, as well as Forum Virium Helsinki, Turku Science Park and the Regional Council of Southwest Finland.

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Future Operator Independent Data Integration Platform project (CityIoT)

The CityIoT project sought solutions to problems caused by incompatible IoT systems. It has been proven difficult to create new applications and combine data from different systems in existing systems. The objective of the project was to define and create a reference implementation of an open and operator-independent data integration platform, complete with API conditions.

CityIot built a reference implementation of a non-commercial, open and operator-independent IoT data integration platform. The platform, which utilises FIWARE technology, will continue to be used by Tampere University and the University of Oulu. The work carried out in the project can be utilised by all companies, cities or universities to build similar IoT platforms for their own use. The specification of the platform’s reference architecture compiles the details of the data integration services, functionalities, components and APIs that form the data integration platform for smart cities. The CityIoT reference architecture is based on the International Data Spaces (IDS) reference architecture model.

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Low-carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs

The Low-carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs project examines, develops and experiments with reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of traffic in Espoo, Oulu, Tampere and Turku. The project is conducted in cooperation with companies. So-called mobility hubs or centres with large numbers of passengers and a strong public transport system serve as platforms. The cities have designated hubs with identified potential for the development of various mobility services as development platforms for business cooperation.

The main goal of the project is to improve companies’ business opportunities in the development of new mobility services, travel chains and the parking system, as well as in the introduction of robot buses and electric means of transport.

The Low-Carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs project is part of the Smart Mobility Kauppi project.


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