Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 09:54

Helsinki strengthens its pioneering in intelligent transport

Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that Helsinki has been chosen to participate in the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a global initiative aimed at enhancing the ability of cities to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles and to ensure that planning for the intelligent transport solution will enhance residents’ quality of life and improve social challenges.

The initiative has been started by the American Bloomberg Philanthropies organisation and The Aspen Institute. Cities that participate in the initiative in addition to Helsinki include the European cities London and Paris, the American cities Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville and Washington DC as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.

The initiative will help Helsinki prepare for the full range of potential implications of autonomous vehicles, including impacts on transport, the environment, social challenges, and many other areas. This would further urban well-being and the functionality of cities. The initiative brings together operators of different fields from the participating cities and thus helps the cities prepare for the development of intelligent transport. The objective is to create guidelines and tools that also help other cities to utilise the possibilities of intelligent transport.

Helsinki is currently undergoing a major turning point of the urban framework as new residential areas are being built right by the core of the city and older areas are being compressed. For example, these areas are where Helsinki is interested in realising different kinds of intelligent transport pilots.

Helsinki’s focuses also include utilising open data and real-time traffic information which have produced positive experiences here. Furthermore, implementing design thinking to the development of intelligent transport solutions would be quite natural for Helsinki.

The extensive collaboration initiative is expected to bring new business opportunities and international networks to the companies and start-ups based in the Helsinki area.

In addition to the city of Helsinki, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority and Smart & Clean Foundation have participated in the preliminary arrangement phase. 

One of the two background contributors of the initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is an organisation founded by Michael R. Bloomberg, who acted as the mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013. The organisation promotes the environmental, public health, education and cultural fields and the renewal of public administration by granting reliefs among other measures. The other background contributor is The Aspen Institute, which is a neutral think tank and research institute that focuses on developing leadership and public policy.
 

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Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:54

Design concepts selected for Merihaka and Hakaniemi bridges

Preliminary design concepts have been selected for bridges to be built in Merihaka and Hakaniemi. The concepts will serve as a basis for further bridge design and engineering.

The design concept selected for the Merihaka bridge (see rendering above) will produce a lightweight, pier-like structure that doesn’t block the view from Kalasatama to Pohjoisranta owing to its low elevation. This was considered a merit in terms of the overall cityscape.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:52

The City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016: Economy stabilising

"The year 2016 in the economy of the City of Helsinki was more positive than expected. The operating margin of the City was better than the budgeted figure and the tax revenue grew more than expected. Thus, the annual contribution margin was €300 million better than the budgeted target”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of the City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:16

The Port of Helsinki has significant positive economy and employment-related effects

According to a recent survey, the Port of Helsinki has significant positive effects on the regional economy and employment rates in the municipalities in and around the Helsinki region. The total value of the business operations related to the Port of Helsinki in 2015 was 1.6 billion euros, and the operations employed approximately 15,000 people. In addition to the regional level, the effects practically span throughout the country.