Background info

Helsinki is also home to more than 100.000 people aged 65 and over (16,7 %). The aging population in Helsinki is projected to rise from the current around 17% to 21% by 2050.

Problems to solve

Helsinki has advanced city service operations, designed for general public needs. But due to the aging population, a need to locate accessibility issues, malfunctions in the general infrastructure, or change demand, increases, and it is a challenge to ensure safe everyday life for these special groups.

Why Urbanage solution?

URBANAGE Ecosystem will enable users, seniors, to input and observe points-of-interest (for example suitable doorways, wheelchair ramps, slippery entrances or so) in their districts, which will create additional data and layer to the 3D model. Smart IoT devices will be used to collect issue findings in real-time, with the user-driven/supported, and in an automatic manner.

The targeted end-users, senior citizens, will have technology-aided methods to inform accessibility issues in an easy way.

Collected data and findings will be processed with AI applications and the results are fed into the city Decision Support Systems via APIs or relevant methods. This will create active, analyzed, and meaningful supportive data for both short-term and to long-term decision mechanisms, visualized with maps, 3D models, and data informatics.

expected benefits

  • Continuous improvement of the city planning process including more functional spaces and services for older

  • Improvement of digital and other services and therefore increasing benefits to older people: increased participatory possibilities (the app to inform the accessibility issues) and strengthened possibility to have an effect on the city services. The participation process is supported by providing information back to citizens in a clear and understandable way with accessibility maps.

  • The combination of the previously mentioned benefits will strengthen the real city decision-making process related to older people.