ÄlyVESI - Smart City Ferries

Smart City Ferries is a R&D project but also an innovation project between cities, technology companies and universities. The aim is to research and develop new solutions and services for the intelligent transport of mass traffic in urban waterways. The financing is mainly based on ERDF. Additional financiers are Finnish Transport Safety Agency and the cities of Helsinki and Espoo.

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Smart City Ferries

Smart City Ferries is a R&D project but also an innovation project between cities, technology companies and universities. The aim is to create new procedures in cooperation, and survey possibilities for smart waterway mass traffic in urban areas. There is also a target to develop and test solutions and concepts for unmanned city ferry and smart pier/quayside with new innovative features and services. The project enables companies to develop new business in marine technology and ICT sectors.

Helsinki ÄlyVESI

Picture: Kimmo Brandt

Helsinki ÄlyVESI 2

Picture: Kimmo Matikka

The project acts as a catalyst for developing and implementing of smart and automated waterway mass transport. The development and innovation activities will also continue after the project. Pilot projects for constructing a smart, unmanned city ferry and an intelligent pier/quayside are the next steps after the project. The most important and challenging aspects are ferry´s power source, automation, remote control and remote operation, as well as safety aspects. The aim is to identify the most essential and the most challenging technologies and areas that are needed to develop.

Aurajoki 1

Picture: Turun kaupunki

Aurajoki 2

Picture: Turun kaupunki

As results of the project new knowledge, new models of collaboration between cities, universities and business, new marine and automation technology solutions and service concepts will be generated. The results of the project are also information, knowledge and solutions for development of agile, flexible and smart urban waterway mass traffic as well as constructing and operating of a smart city ferry and pier. 

Project facts

  • Smart City Ferries – ÄlyVESI-Älykäs kaupunkivesiliikenne
  • Duration of the project: 01.10.2016-28.02.2018
  • Budget: 712 529,00 €
  • Financing: 6Aika, rakennerahasto
  • Cooperators: Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Aalto University and City of Turku

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