Tampere plants the seeds of a smarter future

This Spring 2019, STARDUST’s Lighthouse city of Tampere networked with various local stakeholders in order to develop the different STARDUST smart urban solutions within the city.

On March 2019, the City of Tampere organised two open events. Addressing issues related to energy and mobility, they first gave an open seminar on e-car charging points and smart district heating together with the Tampere Utility Company (Tampereen Sähkölaitos), and the Area21 project. Its objective is to convey information as to how a housing company gets its electric car charging stations and how it can also reduce the consumption of district heat by means of demand elasticity.

Nearly 80 participants from housing companies attended this event and listened to STARDUST partners VTT, Enermix and Tampereen Sähkölaitos talk about the STARDUST project and their roles in it. A representative from the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA), a Finnish government agency which implements social housing policy, also invited them to apply for support with regards to the construction of a charging infrastructure for electric cars. In addition, incentives were proposed to encourage them in taking energy-saving measures.

Maarit Vehviläinen from the City of Tampere talking to the local stakeholders about their STARDUST Tampere’s smart city solutions.

As for the issue on ICT, the City of Tampere plans to acquire an IoT platform later this year. This will be used to initiate different pilots and experiments including the smart lighting control system. “As far as we know the equivalent implementation has not yet been acquired in Europe, Tampere is a pioneer”, says STARDUST project manager Maarit Vehviläinen from the City of Tampere.

The team shared this ambitious plan to about 90 participants from over 25 companies in a pre-acquisition market dialogue, which also took place this March. Many of them were interested in having bilateral discussions with the City of Tampere. These have resulted in tips on information security as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the latest technology available in the market.

Electric mobility, smart district heating and smart lighting are just some of the solutions that the city will be implementing under the STARDUST project. Through these joint efforts, the city wishes to extend its dream on building a more sustainable future not only to its citizens but also to its stakeholders.