SHIFT business festival gathered 2300 people to Turku Castle Park at the end of May. The theme for SHIFT was collaboration between human and machine, but also collaboration between people. Despite of the many stages, pitching competitions and other interesting happenings there were also many visitors in the pop up container village, where the ÄlyVESI crew presented their project and networked on both festival days. The weather might have been chilly, but the conversations were interesting and resulted in new co-operation with both companies and other projects.
The City of Turku organized a Smart City Event as a SHIFT side event. At Smart City event development of the 6Aika cities (Espoo, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa) into smart cities was pondered. ”ÄlyVESI project is an important part of this development” says Mirva Salokorpi, R&D Manager from Novia University of Applied Sciences. Project Manager Sirpa Kannos describes the project’s innovative nature: ”I see the ÄlyVESI –project as an innovation platform for new smart solutions to evolve from”.
During the autumn 2016 student project workshop from the Turku University of Applied Sciences commissioned an online survey and urban street survey of residents' opinions on the development of smart urban waterway mass traffic and an opportunity of a new automated city ferry. Online survey was participated by more than 300, and the urban-street survey of about 60 respondents. The results were announced 14.12.2016.
The questionnaire asked for comments and opinions of a need for new ferry crossing the river Aura between Forum Marinum and Telakkaranta, as well as new routes, such as Ruissalo, Hirvensalo or other routes from Forum Marinum toward the city center along the river. They were also asked about trusting on the automated ferry, paying for the service, as well as any additional services needed. Also environmental friendliness emerged as one topic of discussion.
The majority of the respondents saw the opportunity of new smart city ferry welcome. Ruissalo, as a new route of regular public transport by waterway was seen as an interesting and welcome service. Most of the respondents have confidence in the automated ferry. Energy efficiency as well as environmental friendliness were considered important.
The first seminar of the Project ÄlyVESI-Smart City Ferries was held on 28.12.2016 at Turku University of Applied Sciences. The opening was attended by partners and other representatives of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Turku as well as universities and authorities. Researchers, students, authorities and Maritime sector companies were represented.
During the event, interesting presentations of intelligent urban waterway traffic were offered. The City of Helsinki has an extensive investigation of costal waterway areas in progress. Their presentation was based on utilization of the waterway for mass transport and the possibilities to use it in an intelligent way. Representative of the City of Turku presented contemplates and plans of the implementation of intelligent services in the context of new mass transport traffic solutions.
Representative of Trafi brought points of view and perspective from authorities. It showed that, especially experimental testing and operation of autonomous vessels are welcome. Safety and regulatory compliance must be demonstrated by the vessel’s manufacturer, operator and service provider. A technology company, Reaktor Oy, presented intelligent and automated solutions as an opportunity for an automated and unmanned ferry. Reactor also considers the smart waterway traffic solutions as an opportunity for the development of new intelligent navigation and automation solution packages.
At the end of the day, concepts and services as well as safety matters were discussed in smaller work groups. In the service part the utilization of archipelago more widely on free-time touring for local population and tourism arose to an important level. On safety side, passenger’s feelings and understanding of safety matters considered to be a very important aspect when process the vessel design engineering.