LuxTurrim5G, the Nokia Bell Labs driven collaborative ecosystem project coordinated by Spinverse, enabled Espoo City to reach the finals of the Intelligent Community of 2018 contest. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced the seven finalists on the 8th of February in New York. The think tank describes the finalists as cities that have done the leap from Smart Cities to Intelligent Communities.
Espoo has been named as one finalist in a contest to find the world’s most intelligent community. It was the only European city to make it in the Top7 this year. One of the key factors for the selection was the LuxTurrim5G pilot project, which will enable residents with high-speed 5G connection and a variety of new digital services via a network of smart 5G street light poles.
”5G opens plenty of opportunities for the development of smart city infrastructure and services. We are delighted that projects like this will also boost the creation of high-level knowledge-intensive jobs”, says Tuula Antola, Espoo's Director of Economic and Urban Development.
Other praises for Espoo included it's work on transforming education by creating a new collaborative School as a Service project, enabling the unemployed to find work and education in new ways, the co-creation of educational innovations for international commercialization and Espoo's efforts to be sustainable, which have awarded it the title of "the most sustainable city in Europe".
The annual contest for the world's most intelligent community is held for the 16th time. During it's existence, only twice has the prize landed in Europe (Stockholm, Sweden, 2009 and Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2011). This year the competition for the top spot consists of cities in four countries; three in Taiwan, two in Canada and one each from Australia and Finland. The winner will be announced at the ICF Global Summit 4.-6. of June in London.
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