The city of Tallinn participates in TalTech's smart city projects

At yesterday’s meeting, the Tallinn City Council confirmed Tallinn's participation in three TalTech Smart City Centre of Excellence projects and agreed to their bridge financing. Participation in the projects contributes to the achievement of Tallinn's climate goals, the development of Tallinn as a smart city and the pursuit to become European green capital.

According to Andres Kollist, Chairman of the Innovation Committee of the City Council, these are innovative and forward-looking projects, which are an example of Tallinn's ability to adapt to, develop and apply the newest technologies. “In cooperation with TalTech and the city of Tallinn, a study of the indoor climate of buildings is being carried out. Monitoring and improving the indoor climate is also very important in the context of a coronavirus pandemic. It is planned to create 3D models of urban space and a demo centre in the heart of Tallinn to exhibit them to everyone," said Kollist. "The development of a demand-responsive transport system seeks to achieve a situation where a person can use existing public transport, micro-mobility vehicles and last-mile vehicles to go from the doorstep to the desired destination: airport, railway station, a doctor or elsewhere," he added.

Kadi Pärnits, a member of the City Council, who is also a member of the Innovation Committee, expressed hope that projects aimed predominantly at research and development will also bring practical benefits to the design of smart urban space in the future. "Promoting the energy efficiency of buildings by increasing the capacity to analyse real-time data, using a 3D model to design green areas and a demand-based versatile transport service from Rae municipality to Ülemiste and the city centre are undoubtedly topics that could benefit city residents in the future," Pärnits said.

The project "Real-time building capacity audit - DigiAudit" aims to improve the energy efficiency and indoor climate of buildings through the digital management of large real estate portfolios. Continuous monitoring of energy, ventilation and air quality generates big data, for the management of which solutions are created that enable the condition of buildings to be monitored, compared and diagnosed. A total of 45 buildings in Tallinn and Tartu are planned to be connected to the IoT platform, with the help of which capacity monitoring and automatic diagnostics related to maintenance will be developed and tested. The total cost of the project is 1,497,583 euros, of which Tallinn's share is 226,700 euros, which is covered by foreign support.

The project “Tallinn-Helsinki Digital Dynamic Green Model - GreenTwins” develops the green layer of the Tallinn and Helsinki digital twin city and creates a virtual centre for smart urban planning in the Tallinn city centre. The GreenTwins project will create a 3D model for the cities of Tallinn and Helsinki that reflects local landscaping, with a digital twin interface that supports it. What makes the project unique in the world is digital modelling of the green environment, which allows landscape changes to be analysed and tested in completely new ways. The total cost of the project is 1,300,706 euros, of which Tallinn’s share is 320,000 euros, which is covered by foreign support.

The project “Information Exchange Platform for the Management of a Common and Demand-Based Transport System” tests a complete demand-responsive transport system from the passenger's doorstep to the transport hubs of the capital, such as Ülemiste and the Port of Tallinn, and further across the sea to Helsinki. This will be achieved by adding self-driving "last mile" minibuses and micro mobility solutions to existing public transport. The result of the project is a working information exchange platform and model for the city of the future, tested in a real urban environment, as well as an application toolkit for cities. The total cost of the project is 1,200,000 euros, of which Tallinn’s share is 150,064 euros, which is covered by foreign support.

The projects to be implemented in 2021-2023 will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the activity “Implementation of the Smart City Centre of Excellence Support Measure”. The city of Tallinn agreed to bridge financing the projects in the amount of 649,000 euros.