The cities that participated in the Future City Challenge selected the winners – Digia’s team won the Helsinki challenge
The aim of the Future City Challenge was to find new innovative solutions and applications that make everyday life in cities easier. In addition to Helsinki, the participants in the nationwide competition included Espoo, Vantaa, Oulu, Jyväskylä and Tampere.
The aim of the Helsinki challenge was to find solutions that improve the everyday life in cities from the perspectives of services, urban environment and smoother everyday life.
Digia’s winning solution, Green Biking, combines sensors measuring air quality with city bikes. The sensors collect information about the air quality and send the data to the cloud, and the information is then shown in visualised form in the Journey Planner service. This allows cyclists to choose the route with the best air quality, but it also gives other city dwellers more comprehensive information on the local air quality in Helsinki.
“Actually the entire Digia personnel was behind the final solution, as a large number of people across Digia participated in the brainstorming. We ended up cultivating this idea because of its important health and wellbeing aspect,” says one of the team members, consultant Suna Koljonen.
“The theme also complies with the strategy of the City of Helsinki, the core of which is to develop cycling as a means of public transport. There is surely demand and need for a service that provides more accurate information on air quality,” Koljonen adds.
According to the jury, Digia’s solution was well defined and professionally presented. Green Biking enables the city to collect more diverse data about the environment, which helps the citizens to make healthier choices in their everyday life. According to the jury, the solution also has global business potential.
Digia’s CEO Timo Levoranta participated in the award ceremony at the Helsinki City Hall.
“Winning the Future City Challenge in Helsinki is a great demonstration of Digia’s wide-ranging talent and ability to innovate and implement new solutions. This kind of competence builds the foundation on the basis of which we can revamp our customers’ digital business. Congratulations to the top team,” says Levoranta.
The award was collected by Suna Koljonen, Devika Ravi, Suresh Gupta and Lendl Gomes of the Digia Sense team.