Helsinki Street Lab presents Forum Virium Helsinki`s pilots from different projects in urban Helsinki. The pilots have been conducted with different partners and sources of financing.

Street smart, 2014->
Street Smart project runs mobile experiments in the city. It pilots new digital services for mobile devices, utilising gaming, augmented reality, digital wayfinding and other new solutions for as tools for these services. The Street Smart project is funded by EIT Digital, partners are Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, Telekom Italia, Aalto University, INRIA, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, TU-Berlin, VTT and Forum Virium Helsinki.

Pilots under Street Smart project:

Pinta, 2013-2015
For a few years now, the City of Helsinki and Forum Virium Helsinki have developed and piloted digital wayfinding and interactive services together. In 2013-2015, this work has been done as a part of Forum Virium Helsinki`s Pinta project (the name referring to digital media screens), in partnership with the Helsinki Public Works Department, HRT, Helsinki Marketing Ltd, Helsinki City Library, the City of Helsinki Information Technology and Communications division, Clear Channel and Forum Virium Helsinki.

The urban screens located in the Helsinki city center offer a wide variety of ways to pilot new services. Here are examples of these pilots and campaigns:

  • Helsinki Design Week, September 2015
    The updated interactive wayfinding service for the digital screens of the city centre provides information about the Helsinki Design Week’s events and shows their venues. By downloading Eventmore’s event application, one can get the routes in the smartphone.
  • Lights of Winter (Valoisa Talvi), February 2015
    The Lights of Winter campaign inspired people to capture and share beautiful pictures of winter lightnings. The top ten was showcased as digital photo exhibition running in the digital screens in the city center.
  • Lights of Christmas (Valoisa Joulu), December 2014
    The Lights of Christmas campaign invited people to plan new christmas lighting to Aleksanterinkatu. From a pre-set of lightning designs, one could vote his/her favourite in the campaign website, or by tapping the digital screens in the city center.
  • Interactive wayfinding service on Helsinki’s customer service points, 2014
    Interactive wayfinding service was piloted on the new screens in the customer service for the city. The indoor touch screens can be found in the lobby of Helsinki City Hall, in the Helsinki city Museum, Library 10, Helsinki Region Transport’s (HRT) service point, the customer service point of the Public Works Department and Helsinki Zoo. At the time of the launch, a screen was also available in the Railwaystation tourist information center (now removed).