Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2015 - Page 10

“T here are times when technology by itself can be a real driver of innovation in smart cities, but, more often than not, technology is an enabler of innovation,” Cohen explains. Cohen is known for his extensive Smart City rankings. His list of Europe’s most evolved smart cities (2013) included a newcomer, as Helsinki edged out Oslo for the 10th spot in the rankings – but that was just the beginning. When Cohen rounded up the world’s smartest cities in 2015, Helsinki scored the highest points in a survey that featured 62 indicators. However, as only 11 cities responded to the survey in time, the results are far from conclusive – but Helsinki still managed to beat other pioneering smart cities such as Copenhagen, Barcelona and Singapore in this contest. According to Cohen, where Helsinki really shines is the Smart Government arena. The city has more than 1,200 open datasets and has been actively promoting engagement with developers through hackathons – and hosted, for example, the first-ever global Open Knowledge Festival in 2012. Too Ubiq To Fail? Cohen is also impressed with Helsinki’s Forum Virium Smart City Project which provides ubiquitous data to the citizens in hopes of improving the quality of life. Use of ubiquitous technology means that the hitech is thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities; these types of services involve, for example, real-time traffic information for the people. As public data is opene