Nokia joins smart city initiative in Finland
The vendor will provide expertise in 5G and IoT to deploy a smart city project in Tampere
Finnish vendor Nokia has joined the ‘Smart Tampere’ initiative, which aims to create a smart city project in Tampere, Finland. The ‘Smart Tampere’ project includes local companies, non-governmental organizations, local government and citizens exploring how digital technologies can be implemented in areas such as smart mobility, e-health, smart lighting, smart energy, extended user experience and more.
Nokia said that Smart Tampere is a city-wide economic policy intended to create a living lab in which technology solutions can be explored, tested and ultimately deployed to improve the lives of citizens and make the city more attractive to businesses and visitors. The project aims to create a fully smart city by 2030, the vendor added.
Nokia will provide its expertise in key technologies in areas such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Nokia’s participation in this initiative is its second such effort in Europe following a project announced last year with Bristol is Open in the U.K.
“The city of Tampere has a history of innovation, and Nokia has a long history with the Tampere region, where the company got its start. Working together to explore the potential of digital technologies to make cities smarter is good for both Nokia and Tampere,” Tommi Uitto, Finland country head at Nokia, said. “The learnings we are able to glean from this collaboration will benefit Tampere’s citizens, companies and visitors, and can also be carried forward into similar collaborations with other cities around the world.”
“The people of Tampere are making a substantial commitment to putting our city at the forefront of smart city development. Working with Nokia is a natural fit, as a company that has played such an important role in the development of the modern economy here in Tampere and in the country at large,” Tero Blomqvist, Smart Tampere Program Director, said.
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