The cur­rent prin­ci­ples of urban design and plan­ning will be eval­u­at­ed from the smart city devel­op­ment per­spec­tive. Addi­tion­al­ly, the mod­els of dig­i­tal infra­struc­ture plan­ning will be eval­u­at­ed. MetaC­i­ty Oulu project co-oper­ates inten­sive­ly with three Oulu Inno­va­tion Alliance pro­grams of “Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion in the chang­ing urban envi­ron­ment”, with which spe­cial tri­als, Proof-of-Con­cepts (PoCs), will be con­duct­ed. Select­ed com­pa­nies rang­ing from star­tups to big­ger com­pa­nies will be invit­ed to the tri­als. This sup­ports the cross-cut­ting OIA pro­gram of com­pa­ny ecosys­tems. The aim of the PoCs is to devel­op the ecosys­tems fur­ther and scale them up for inter­na­tion­al mar­kets.

Exist­ing chal­lenges and how they are solved:

Typ­i­cal­ly, urban design and plan­ning as well as devel­op­ment of smart cities is con­duct­ed in sep­a­rate process­es by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers. Syn­chro­ni­sa­tion of projects is chal­leng­ing, because often the respon­si­ble organ­i­sa­tions can­not be iden­ti­fied clear­ly. The oper­a­tional envi­ron­ment is frag­ment­ed, which makes it com­pli­cat­ed to devel­op high-qual­i­ty ser­vices in a struc­tured city envi­ron­ment. The devel­op­ment from a city to a smart city – “Trans­for­ma­tion process from city to smart city” – should be well con­trolled so that the tar­get­ed ser­vices and activ­i­ties can be realised, cov­er­ing all the cat­e­gories of land use.

Exist­ing chal­lenges and how they are solved:

Com­pa­nies from var­i­ous fields of busi­ness are invit­ed to join the project advi­so­ry board and to con­tribute to the exe­cu­tion of the project.

Project part­ners:

Uni­ver­si­ty of Oulu (coor­di­na­tor), Oulu Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences, VTT

Project dura­tion:


Project bud­get:

345 464 €

Project web site:, Twit­ter: @MetaCityFI

More infor­ma­tion:

Ris­to Jur­va
+358 50 470 1351