Developing Sustainable Transport Solutions
Aviapolis Traffic Lab’s Official Business Area
A testbed is being built in Aviapolis, Vantaa, where solutions are being developed for reducing the need for private cars and parking spaces, a ridesharing service will be created and the use of drones in package logistics will be demonstrated. In addition to transport, mobility and logistics services and concepts, an operating model will be developed to be used by cities for testing new transport solutions.
“The work packages of this change project develop solutions for reducing transport emissions and facilitating people’s mobility. Transport emissions should be reduced in all areas, from commuting to trucking. Many companies want to make their operations more environmentally friendly than before. That’s why I believe that the simulations and reports done in this project will lead to other practical projects.”
– Jari Jokitöyrä, Project Manager, Siemens
What is it all about
The change project reduces traffic emissions through new urban logistics solutions that are quiet, safe and produce low emissions. Electrification, for example, reduces the use of fossil fuels and developing public transport reduces the number of private cars.
People’s mobility becomes easier as mobility services diversify and are developed in a user-driven manner. The project also supports Aviapolis’ vision of being a walkable district in terms of size.
Sustainable mobility, transport and logistics solutions are tested in a market-based manner, which provides opportunities for business development. Airport cities similar to Aviapolis are springing up around the world, so there is international demand for innovative solutions.
The Aviapolis testing area provides market-based experiences of new services, technologies and their applications.
The problems of urban areas similar to Aviapolis have so far been solved in silos, using yesterday’s methods. The change project creates a platform for encouraging, close-knit and open collaboration between businesses, cities and research institutes.
Located near the Helsinki Airport, Aviapolis is Finland’s strongest growing employment area. In order for Aviapolis to be as functional an environment as possible in the future for both the area’s residents and businesses, it has to be developed socially, economically and environmentally sustainably.
In the Aviapolis Traffic Lab’s Official Business Area change project, an extensive corporate ecosystem is focused on enhancing mobility, transport and logistics in the Aviapolis area. The change project’s objective is to create an operating model that allows flexible transport services to be created and tested under operating conditions. The intention is for the area’s transport to no longer be based solely on private cars. Instead, public and private transport will be combined through innovative solutions.
The project consists of four work packages that focus on the development different areas. The solutions developed in the work packages will, among other things, reduce the need for parking spaces, create a simple ridesharing service, and design and model the electrification of the logistics terminal equipment. Digitality and the application of new technologies play a key role in creating the solutions.
The Aviapolis area provides the perfect opportunities for development and market-based trials. The change project involves actors from various sectors, from government agencies to businesses, which allows the solutions to be holistic. The number of airport cities like Aviapolis is growing and their infrastructure is being actively developed. The tested solutions thus create significant export potential. The aim is to spread and replicate the innovations elsewhere in Finland as well.
Where are we going
The Aviapolis Traffic Lab’s Official Business Area project began in November 2018 and will take six months to complete. The project is a Smart & Clean change project in accordance with the Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s growth agreement. It receives AIKO funding awarded by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council for launching regional innovations and trials.
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