FI – Joensuu

Smart City solution

Joensuu approach is to be a platform and collaborator to facilitate new developments and smart city solutions. We use public investments and procurement to facilitate development. In 2018, ever fifth city purchase and practically all major investments (e.g. schools and day care centers) should contain innovative elements. As an example, two new schools have obtained green financing certificates and we have just developed a learning environment which assists to study the carbon footprint at school. The approach combines sensor technology and measurements, which are saved in a cloud, with analysis and learning programme and tutorial. Currently we are opening up the sensor data. Open Data approach as a whole is under development, e.g. all city purchases have been opened to increase transparency.

Joensuu has a 3D city model being developed for versatile use. The model has been fundamental e.g. for the creation machine control models for excavators. The machine controls allows the excavator operators to speed up the process and increase the quality – machine control models have been a requirement for city’s street construction since the beginning of 2017.

We are a frontrunner town in cycling and even in winter cycling. Automated pedestrian and cyclist counters assist in the traffic planning – and also local entrepreneurs use the data when choosing a suitable location for the business. An innovative plot lease competition was just carried out, in which the price was fixed and the competition was solved based on the smartness of architecture, planning and innovative aspects. Such a competition allows new solutions to be implemented and also boosts the private companies to innovate.

Late 2017 we will open a competition in which 200,000 euros is used to implement smart pilot projects in the city center. Companies will be invited to present ideas for the implementation.

City goals / challenges

Joensuu – platforms for development collaboration

Joensuu is a university town and regional centre, one third of the population is less than 25 years old. We are looking forward to far over one billion euro investments to be realised in the symmetric city centre, green industrial park and in public buildings by 2030. We aim to do this smart and look for part-ners and networks to join the work.

New symmetric city centre

This future heart of travel services, living, business and recreation is located beautifully at the river bank, in the very centre of the city and connected to the old town with two new bridges. Over 60,000 m2 of diverse construction is foreseen in public and private partnership. Plenty of opportunities for smart living, mobility and energy.

GreenPark – Modern industrial park within the city

All logistics available, next to railway tracks and a harbour with access to the Baltic see and beyond, with possibilities of 40,000 m2 extension with smart economy and energy solutions. The largest forest machine factory in the world located next door.

Innovative learning environments

Joensuu education cluster develops in close R&D collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland, other educational institutions and city schools. We want to modernise our learning environments to facilitate the learning for the future – with smart people and environment.

Welcome to make Joensuu, the European knowledge centre for forest bioeconomy, to be carbon-neutral by 2025!


Sami Ruotsalainen
+358 50 3394340

Janna Puumalainen
+358 50 5115028;jsessionid=7782100BCC38730274358A4AFF333028.node1

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