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Smart Cities Demo Day

June 2, 2023

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities hosts the first Smart Cities Demo Day presenting the 6 new solutions developed and looking for follow-up cities. 


Join to see if we have valuable solutions for your city in areas such as energy efficiency, built environment, urban well-being,

digital twins and future mobility. You will get insights about the experience of researchers and other cities who have been piloting, developing and preparing smart city solutions for the market. 


You will hear inspirational cases from Dublin, Amsterdam and Jacksonville and be part of the announcement of the 3rd round of our Smart City Challenge.

LOCATION: Radisson Blu Olumpia Hotel (Liivalaia 33, Tallinn, Estonia)

We warmly recommend to join on-site but if you cannot come to Tallinn, it will be possible to listen via Zoom.

TIME: June 2, 2023. 8:45-17:00 Tallinn time (EET)


Register now for our first Demo Day! You will see the piloted smart city solution highlights, make new valuable connections and get direct insights about your opportunities in the 3rd round of Smart City Challenge.

Registration is open until May 28, 2023. Please note that there are limited seats available at the event.

Please note that in case of no-show without earlier cancellation FinEst Centre for Smart Cities has a right to charge you 25 euro fee.


FinEst Centre's first batch of pilot projects will present their smart city solutions 

How we can get science from the labs to city streets and real people? Learn about the real examples of cities and researchers collaborating to create and implement new problem-based solutions. 


Our pilot projects have been working on their solutions since 2020 and 2021. Now is the time to present the results of their research and development activities. 

You can ask recommendations and advice from pilot cities and researchers. You can start preparing for the next round of Smart City Challenge. 

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RESTO tool helps to assess the volume and effects of investments in the joint renovation of buildings in districts, and to find the best technical solutions based on the characteristics of specific buildings. Based on data from different public databases RESTO model analyses around 6,000 renovation possibilities for each building and suggests how the buildings in the given area should be renovated in such a way that it is possible to ensure the objectives of energy savings and emission reduction and optimal costs for the building owners, while not contradicting various building restrictions.

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GreenTwins develops hybrid interfaces for interacting with the urban (green) digital twin (UDT) in a 3D environment. We offer the physical space concept (AvaLinn) & versatile digital tools (Virtual Green Planer, Urban Tempo). Apart from the tools, GreenTwins focuses on the part of UDT, which is related to urban green, data collection, analysis, modelling and visualisation.


DigiAudit enables a data-based and real-time overview of buildings' energy use and indoor climate parameters. Analyses and identification of possible performance problems are carried out automatically. Based on the data collected, DigiAudit calculates and visualizes the use of heat and electricity, Energy Performance Certificate, indoor climate class, carbon footprint, and comparison with similar buildings.


Modern cities are required to fill the gap between citizen requirements for renewable energy and power grid congestion problems. This poses novel multimodal problems that involves optimal land use and placement of public services, as well as public engagement and efficient use of existing infrastructure. Municipalities need to change their perspective towards their power systems. The FinEst Centre helps cities determine their urban electricity infrastructure strategy, with a particular focus on novel public service offerings, e.g. electric vehicle charging.


Mobility as a Service framework integrates together different mobility solutions like buses, ride-sharing, e-scooters, and last-mile self-driving shuttles in the future. Exchanging data between passengers, service providers, trip planners, and other functions enables on-demand basis mobility by keeping the service cost-effective for local governments and seamless and convenient for the citizens. Adding big data collected by new autonomous last-mile shuttles, local governments can automate existing services and develop new ones.

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How to obtain more objective information for making better urban planning decisions, which takes into account the measured well-being of city residents? The Well-Being Score is an innovative concept that initially maps the spatial characteristics of the selected urban space and the psychological and physiological reaction of local residents in the chosen location. The Well-Being Score can be applied either in the process of compiling the general plan of a city – in order to measure in practice how people feel about themselves in specific locations in a single city – or when planning specific public spaces and measuring the well-being of people in those locations before and after development works.

Inspirational cases from Jacksonville, Dublin and Amsterdam

FinEst Centre will bring to you smart city inspiration cases from Jacksonville, United States; Dublin, Ireland and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, about autonomous transport program, carsharing and more.


Dr. Rahul Razdan


Advanced Mobility Institute at Florida PolyTechnic University

Based on funding from federal, state, and city resources, Jacksonville in Florida has built one of the most ambitious autonomous transport programs in the United States. Dr. Rahul Razdan will discuss the vision, objectives, challenges and current status of this program.

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Alan Murphy


Smart Dublin Regional Manager

Alan Murphy is the Smart Dublin Regional Manager working across all four Dublin Local Authorities to explore the uses of emerging technology to provide better public services. From tackling the climate crisis to bridging the digital divide, Smart Dublin uses collaboration and innovation to build a better, more resilient Dublin.


Leonie van den Beuken

Programme Director Amsterdam Smart City

Leonie van den Beuken has a long history in city planning and innovation, with a special focus on improving social structures and sustainability, with a combination of analogical and technological /data-driven interventions. She likes to create a symbiosis between experts and citizens.

Announcing Smart City Challenges 3rd round

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Külle Tärnov

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

Smart City Challenge gives cities and municipalities an opportunity to propose real challenges for researchers and developers so that they can create problem-solving and value creating solutions. It gives researchers an opportunity to get more insight about real city challenges and work together with cities and municipalities. Creation of each smart city solution goes in tight collaboration between the city and the researchers team. FinEst Centre for Smart Cities continues to build stronger ground for its long-term sustainability and provides smart solutions for cities. The pilot is designed to develop new knowledge-based solutions to the urban problems and to test it in the real city environments. As the result of the 2023/24 competition, we would like to implement two large pilot projects with a duration of 36 months and a budget of around 1.26 million euros, and two medium-sized pilot projects with a duration of 24 months and a budget of around 860 000 euros. There should be ideally two cities as partners for these pilots, and one of them from Estonia. We will make the first choice in March 2024, followed by the pilot validation and preparation period for 10 best solution ideas. We will select four pilot projects in September 2024 and want to launch them from November 2024.


8:45 Registration & coffee

9:00 Welcoming words and introduction. TBC, Research and Education Minister of Estonia

9:10 Inspirational case from Jacksonville, Florida: Smart transport case. Dr. Rahul RazdanAdvanced Mobility Institute at Florida PolyTechnic University


9:40 Results of pilot project: DigiAudit: Real-time monitoring of energy performance and indoor climate. 

Kalle Kuusk and Martin ThalfeldtFinEst Centre for Smart Cities


 10:10  Results of pilot project: RESTO: Solution to help local municipalities to support building owners in preparation and implementation of comprehensive renovation projects. Einari Kisel or Targo KalameesFinEst Centre for Smart Cities and Diana Vene, Võru City


10:40 Coffee break & networking

11:10 Results of pilot project: Microgrids and Energy Storage: Smart and sustainable energy in cities.

Tarmo KorõtkoFinEst Centre for Smart Cities and Jaanus Tamm, Tartu City

11:40 Inspiration case from Smart Dublin. Alan Murphy, Smart Dublin Regional Manager

12:10 Lunch & networking

13:00 Results of pilot project: GreenTwins: Hybrid 3D interfaces for the interaction with the urban (green) digital twin. Collaboration between research & practice, processes and tools - Mai AndressonTallinn City and Viktorija Prilenska, FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

13:30 Results of pilot project: Urban Planning Well-Being Score aka ‘City Resident – What Are You ACTUALLY Feeling’?

Ivo Fridolin and Viktorija PrilenskaFinEst Centre for Smart Cities and Kaie Enno, Narva City.


14:00 Results of pilot project: Future Mobility: MaaS integration and Big Data for future public transport.

Raivo SellFinEst Centre for Smart Cities and Maie Liblik, Rae County

14:30 Coffee break & networking

15:00 Inspiration case from Amsterdam: Carsharing implemented in real with all its pain and glory. Improving quality of life locally and globally.

Leonie van den Beuken, Amsterdam Smart City

15:30 Announcing Smart City Challenge round 3. Külle TärnovFinEst Centre for Smart Cities

16:00 Panel discussion: Pilots participation experiences
Kalle Kuusk, pilot manager from DigiAudit 

Kristjan Pilt, researcher from Well-Being Score 

Jaanus Tamm from Tartu City, partner city in Microgrids pilot 

Diana Vene from Võru City, partner city in RESTO pilot

16:30 Networking and end of the seminar day

The creation and launch of the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities is supported by a Horizon2020 Teaming grant. Pilot projects will be carried out with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

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