Smart Otaniemi heads for new heights in KETO-project

Led by City of Espoo, the EU-funded KETO project transforms city districts to development environments and enhances the cooperation between businesses, educational institutes, and research organizations. During the two-year sprint, the aim is to create three development environments in which different actors can jointly develop, test, and implement new sustainable products and services.

Creating testing platforms out of city districts

The acronym “KETO” stands for the Implementation Pathway for Environments that Accelerate Sustainable Growth – and that is also quite literal description of the project targets. This EU-funded project draws guidelines for concrete development environments that promote the green transition and digitalization. The aim is to support co-creation of new sustainable services and products as well as diversified forms of business and employment. The solutions created can then be scaled to other cities in Finland and abroad.

The project will implement quickly adoptable solutions and work on building the foundation for future competitive advantages. Challenges related to urban development, digitalization, traffic, energy, and circular economy are simultaneously global and local, and development environments will help to identify and solve problems in cross-sectoral and diverse atmosphere that enables both micro- and macro-level approaches.

Otaniemi is one of the development environments

One of the chosen development environments in the project is Otaniemi-Keilaniemi area, which forms a platform for testing energy and mobility solutions, and naturally enforces Smart Otaniemi actions in its home base. Smart Otaniemi is, however, tightly connected to other development areas as well: testing and piloting for new Smart Otaniemi innovations will continue also in Kera and Kiviruukki, where the emphasis is in clean and smart constructions and agile testing and demonstrations of circular economy and food systems.

Shifting from separate projects to cross-cutting pilot platforms will enrich the cooperation possibilities and enable wider opportunities for the collaboration partners.

Speeding up the twin-transition

Green transition and digitalization are forming a spearhead of development as the world is stepping out of pandemic-era. The opportunities for businesses are massive – the recovery and economic growth is supported by governmental actions all across the globe, and at the same time the requirements for sustainability and safeguarding the ecological stability are hitting records.

Creating development environments and testing platforms will open possibilities for innovation for a wide range of actors. Diverse and open innovation communities have the ability to spark new light to areas that would otherwise stay dark.

The project is funded by European Union’s REACT-EU ERDF and is part of the European Union’s response to the covid-19 pandemic. The project is led by City of Espoo, and implemented in cooperation with VTT, Aalto University, Omnia and partner companies. Read more>