Tampere, Centre of Finnish Industry

Tampere is the second largest, attractive and growing metropolitan area in Finland. It aims to be an internationally known, attractive and smart city for companies and citizens to invest on. As of the moment, the city of Tampere plays a lead role both at a European level and at a national level. These include The Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative, and the Innovative Cities Programme (INKA). The projects formulated are based on developing smart cities solutions, renewable industry and future health care programmes. Moreover, it envisions the city to be carbon-neutral by 2030, 20 years earlier than it was initially planned.

To meet these ambitious goals, digital solutions, new business innovations and smart infrastructure will be incorporated to the lives of its citizens and to the city as a whole.

Jack The Rooster - terrace - Laura Vanzo-4


square km of land




of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland


lakes and ponds in the city itself

All the actions in Tampere

Buildings will be refurbished using smart energy-efficient systems like heat recovery, building energy modelling and other advanced ICT schemes. In addition, combined heating and cooling energy systems will be introduced to reduce and recycle heat waste.

Aside from the electric vehicles and charging stations, which will be introduced to the local community, advanced ICT solutions like the Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) will be established to advise the drivers the correct speed needed to pass through the traffic lights, which are all signaled in green. They will promote better mobility within the city while reducing the carbon emissions generated by fuel-based cars and traffic.

Check out these videos for an overview of the interventions being implemented in Tampere.

A detailed list of the solutions are listed according to the different sectors and areas:

  • Ilokkaanpuisto: A new concept will be tested, where the residents in the area will own a photovoltaic power station located in a rural part of Tampere.
  • Härmälänranta: The energy efficiency of the buildings will be improved through the use of smart technical building systems, as well as by utilizing renewable energy sources. Also, indoor air quality and apartment-specific controllability will be improved, which will lead to increased comfort of living.
  • Smart District Heating and Cooling: A demand response service will be developed together with the electric utility’s customers. Also, the possibility to open up the district heating network for the renewable small-scale production will be explored, the energy efficiency of the district cooling network will be maximized, and the possibility to produce cooling from district heat will be researched.
  • Smart Mobility: Energy data will be collected from e-buses of the city and e-cars of voluntary citizens. Also, robot buses will be piloted as a feeder service for the tram line, a mobile application for green light optimisation (GLOSA) will be tested, and the possibilities of city units to change their diesel vehicles to electrical ones will be defined.
  • Smart Lighting: A smart lighting control system, which takes additional factors to dimness and time of day into account when adjusting the lights, will be purchased for the city. Also, the ways for the lighting network to function as a platform for new smart services will be innovated.
  • An open and common IoT platform, where all the data for example from different pilots and experiments will be brought, will be purchased for the city.