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