Smart City Digital Twins

Duration: 1.2.2023 – 30.04.2024

Project partners: Coordinator University of Turku and partners Turku University of Applied Sciences and Turku Science Park Ltd.

Funding: The total budget is EUR 144 839. Turku Science Park Ltd.’s share is EUR 40 327.

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Digital Twin technologies are in a promising development phase. The potential for Smart City development with Digital Twin technologies and solutions is broad with benefits to society, economy, business and environment. The Smart City Digital Twins project focuses on making better use of public sector open data and thereby promoting sustainable economic growth in urban areas in Finland. The project explores the potential of the digital twins to promote the green transition, support equal working life and improve the well-being of citizens, and facilitates adoption of advanced technologies in the subsequent larger project.

The project supports the improvement of research and innovation capabilities and the introduction of advanced technologies in terms of R&D activities as follows: (1) by strengthening know-how, foresight and innovation activities by promoting development related to digital twins, piloting capabilities, the introduction and utilization of possible commercial applications based on the development model of the Public-Private cooperation model, (2) by supporting the implementation process of introducing new innovative and smart solutions in the regional development context, (3) by supporting the development of piloting and development environments of cities and municipalities regarding the implementation of digital twins, (4) increasing know-how regarding innovative and sustainable public procurement and their utilization, and (5) promoting a green, socially just green transition to technological innovations, business innovations and social based on the planned introduction of innovations. The general goal is to increase the effectiveness of R&D activities.

The project in itself implements and develops the RDI cooperation model, because the project is implemented in cooperation with the University of Turku, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Turku Science Park. The project aims to increase and develop cooperation between business life and research in Finland. The applications processed within the scope of the project support working life-oriented applications related to the quality of working life, innovations that improve citizens’ well-being and work productivity, and nature-saving applications that are important for the green transition. The project has a clear connection to smart specialization strategies in Finland. The connection to the smart specialization strategy (S3) consists of identifying relative advantage factors, supporting resilience factors and taking into account the innovation investments made. These three strategic S3 variables to support the entrepreneurial new development process (Entrepreneurial Discovery Process, EDP) in regional economies. In this concrete way the project is supporting high-level innovation potential in Finland. The parties implementing the project have done a basic study of Finland’s smart specialization strategy in their previous studies, and these studies have also been taken into account elsewhere in Europe.

As an increasing proportion of work is related to data utilization and information work, there are many indirect effects, for example, on improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Utilizing open data is also related to improving the business and business opportunities of companies. In this sense, the project pays special attention to Public-Private-People cooperation and its potential. The value of data, including open data, is not realized if it is not utilized in value chains. The value of open data is based on the assumption of matching supply and demand. Identifying the matching problem and presenting clear solutions are part of the project’s objectives. The development of smart urban development models requires a better solution to this problem.

Duties of Turku Science Park Ltd.: Turku Science Park Ltd. is responsible for company cooperation, international cooperation, networking, workshops and info sharing.

Contact person in Business Turku Ltd.: Michael Lindholm

  • Principal Investigator: Jari Kaivo-oja ( 
  • Project Manager: Tero Villman (
  • Researcher: Laura Pouru-Mikkola ( 
  • Research Assistant: Tolga Karayel ( 

All scheduled workshops have been successfully completed. A total of over 100 persons attended.

  • September 19th 2023 Gdańsk Science and Technology Park, room 002
    Keynote speaker Krzysztof Pekala, Director of Informatics Department in the Gdansk Municipality
  • September 21st 2023 Wrocław Science Park, Budynek DELTA, ul. Duńska 9
  • October 5th 2023 Vilnius Municipality Building
  • November 2nd (Meeting room Ringsberg) and November 22nd (Meeting room Helena) 2023 Turku Educity, Joukahaisenkatu 7, 20520 Turku
  • Wrap up meeting 5th of March 2024

Wrap up meeting 5th of March 2024 time 10:00 – 12:00
We will hear about the results of the project at TechTurku Week 202.
Registrations and program will open soon

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