Busi­ness­A­se­ma – Smart Buil­ding

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Busi­ness­A­se­ma is a co-crea­tion plat­form and space for deve­lo­ping, tes­ting and demon­stra­ting tech­no­lo­gical end solu­tions. The­re is also a start-up incu­ba­tor ope­ra­ting in this smart buil­ding envi­ron­ment, and the busi­ness and inno­va­tion ser­vices of Business­Oulu are avai­lable.

The main the­mes at Busi­ness­A­se­ma are the smart and ener­gy-efficient ser­vices in the buil­ding, real-time digi­tal twin, vir­tual and aug­men­ted rea­li­ty, acces­si­bi­li­ty, safe­ty and cyber secu­ri­ty, and health and well-being. Smart tech­no­lo­gy enables the deve­lop­ment, tes­ting and demon­stra­tion of novel tech­no­lo­gical end solu­tions in co-ope­ra­tion with the City of Oulu, com­pa­nies, research ins­ti­tu­tions, and uni­ver­si­ties.

As the cycle of pro­duct deve­lop­ment beco­mes more and more rapid, it is more eco­no­mical to test things alrea­dy at the pro­duct deve­lop­ment pha­se ins­tead of noticing poten­tial shortco­mings only after ente­ring the mar­ket – the idea is to inno­va­te things rapid­ly, and succeed or fail quickly. Besi­des the tech­no­lo­gical deve­lop­ment, also inc­rea­sed inter­na­tio­nal com­pe­ti­tion speaks loud­ly for the agi­le mode of ope­ra­tion. Cus­to­mer orien­ta­tion is no lon­ger a choice but a requi­re­ment. The enhanced inno­va­tion process meets the user’s needs more defi­ni­te­ly and makes it pos­sible to res­pond to the requi­re­ments of the rapid­ly chan­ges busi­ness envi­ron­ment.

Trials often speed up the deve­lop­ment of new solu­tions and enhance unders­tan­ding about cus­to­mer expe­rience, because the test plat­form offers the com­pa­nies access to genui­ne usa­ge envi­ron­ments with real users. Each trial at Busi­ness­A­se­ma is a faci­li­ta­ted process, which means that the com­pa­ny does not need to know how to run it by them­sel­ves.

Sug­gest a trial or keep track of ope­ning trial pro­gram­mes. The sug­ges­ted trials are eva­lua­ted weekly, after which the fea­sible ones are selec­ted and sche­du­led. Selec­tion cri­te­ria inclu­de novel­ty value and inno­va­ti­ve­ness, fea­si­bi­li­ty, sca­la­bi­li­ty, and cus­to­mer value.

A quick trial was orga­ni­sed as a chal­len­ge in ear­ly 2021, with four com­pa­nies selec­ted to sol­ve issues like the eva­lua­tion of clea­ning needs, opti­mi­sa­tion of uti­li­sa­tion rate, and advance­ment of safe­ty. The trial par­tici­pants had access to data col­lec­ted at Busi­ness­A­se­ma along with the tech­no­lo­gy ins­tal­led the­re. As Samu­li Tah­ko­la of Fresh Air Glo­bal put it, ”Many things requi­re a phy­sical tes­ting envi­ron­ment. Busi­ness­A­se­ma is a sand­box of co-crea­tion, and the spi­rit of acti­vi­ties the­re is good.”

Busi­ness­A­seam fea­tu­res open works­paces, boo­kable mee­ting rooms and a cafeteria/restaurant. You can find the Busi­ness­A­se­ma events calen­dar at www.businessasema.com

Plea­se con­tact us, even if you just want to try things out!

Pir­jo Kos­ki­nie­mi
Mana­ger, Open Inno­va­tion Ser­vices
040 592 5375

Jari Joki­sa­lo
Specia­list, Deve­lop­ment of Digi­tal Envi­ron­ments for Com­pa­nies
046 923 1397

Trial platform website