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Innovation Environment >Smart Updated at: 10.05.2018

Smart city

The City of Tampere is a smart city development platform where new solutions are sought for housing, transport and services.

New launches include complementary building in the city centre, opening up the city data reserves for application and service developers, a block of life-cycle living, smart street lighting as well as the implementation of the city tramline and the first electric bus route in Finland.

New procurement practices and models are also being tested in Tampere through pilot procurement. In development work, procurement planning will be opened more than before to residents, service users, companies and those operating in the third sector. Furthermore, procurement models which allow companies more opportunities to introduce their own innovations to procurement will be developed.

Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, City of Tampere:

“Large urban areas are cradles for future economic growth. They attract experts, start-up entrepreneurs, investors as well as users of new products and services. Digital economy, Internet economy and sharing economy are not just buzzwords but the rapidly evolving reality in Tampere. As a city, we want to open our own development projects as testing and experimentation platforms for the new solutions of companies. For example, Vuores, the station area, the several development projects in the city centre, Tesoma and the new Hiedanranta area as well as the reform of our service network provide many opportunities for the development of smart transport, eco-efficient infrastructure or digital services.”

Smart urban environment


Vuores, a new district of the City of Tampere, is one of the largest and most interesting urban development projects in Finland.

The planning and implementation of the area are based on ecological considerations and closeness to nature uniquely combined with high technology, modern architecture and a small-town service structure.

A residential area of 4,000 people named Isokuusi has been planned for the new Vuores district that is currently under construction. There is a desire to transform this area into a development platform for modern wood construction. Projects carried out in the Isokuusi area, the developers and building firms involved as well as those operating in the wood products industry will co-develop wood construction processes, products and expertise.

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Tampere city centre

Several large planning and construction projects are underway in Tampere city centre and the area will be reformed significantly by 2030 in terms of the urban structure, urban environment, urban transport, cityscape as well as urban culture.

The station area is one of the main development zones in Tampere; a new station centre and the Deck and Arena project are being planned for the area. It is a developing area for business activities and the main hub for all forms of transport. The city aims to develop new mobility management systems in the area.

Learn more about the Tampere City Centre Development Programme >


Tesoma serves as a pilot area for services and urban planning in Tampere. The Tesoma residential area is being reformed together with the residents, service users and others operating in the area in a way that meets their needs in particular. Housing, service, leisure, education as well as employment schemes and opportunities are being developed and diversified in Tesoma.

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Kauppi campus

The Kauppi campus area will be developed by broadening the operating profile of the area strongly beyond specialised health care, medical research and technology companies.­ The special focus of the Tampere region is to create models for quick application and practical innovation activities.­­­­ The new operating model emphasises co-operation between experts, end users and developers as well as co-development with customers.­­­­

The aim is to unite the four-district area around the Kauppi campus into a “physical exercise super team” which would serve as a development and testing environment for services and products related to physical exercise and well-being. Furthermore, a new type of well-being centre which is not only a health centre and a hub for wellness services but also an R&D and testing environment for education, research and companies is being planned for the campus.