City of Tampere

Smart City challenge

How to create business models based on public and private data sources collected to shared data pool. How this data can be utilized and used as a base for city services and environment.

Problem roots: Tampere has not established rules for data usage. We have no tools to define the value of each data element. We haven’t got data architecture.

Main obstacles: Data sources are in separate silos in city environment. The maturity of the data varies. There is no guidebook or law to tell how to utilize data pools that combine private and public data.

Existing solutions: We have interviewed city departments in order to find out what are the data needs inside the city organization. We have intervieved companies to find out what kind of data they need. We have done pilots where we have used different kinds of technology to gather behaviour data from crowds. We carried out an Open Requirements Process (a Smart Tampere tool) with companies to define what requirements a city wide IoT platfrom would have to have in order to serve the city, the companies and other organizations, like universities.

What would happen if the problem is solved? The city can provide each citizen the services this particular person needs on the specific time. Companies can utilize data to improve their solutions and products. This will lead to new business models and growth for companies.

Tero Blomqvist
Program Director
City of Tampere
What is the city looking for?

We are looking into the possibility to create a private-public data entity which gathers and analyzes data and uses it to create business with companies.

We are looking for data partners whom are dealing with operations. We need proper data platform operated by a partner. Pilots are defined together with the partner.

Also, we are looking to find out how other cities have approached this problem.


  • What kind of data rules have you defined?
  • Have you combined public and private data and used it to create new business with the companies? If yes, how?
  • How and what kind of data do you gather from your citizens?
  • If yes, how have you used it?
  • How have you solved the questions of privacy issues (like GDPR)?
  • Do you have tools to evaluate the value of the data elements?
  • How do you see the future of data usage in your city? What are the most important challenges you face?
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