At the opening of the Smart City Centre of Excellence FINEST TWINS the Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart and the Rector of TalTech Jaak Aaviksoo signed a memorandum of cooperation for implementing the TalTech City programme of activities for 2020.
“Research-based solutions will allow us identify ways of
achieving environment-friendly mobility, offer opportunities
for everyone and involve the community in the city’s
decision-making processes. A vision of the Tallinn-Helsinki
twin city inspires other regions with its bold endeavour of
creating equal opportunities for individuals and businesses on
both sides of the twin city. Together we can create an urban
environment that puts us on the world map,” said Mihhail
Kõlvart at the opening conference of Finest Twins. According to
him, a smart city is more than mere technical solutions - it is
an urban environment that offers the best quality of life in
the world regardless of the weather.
At their summer 2018 meeting the Rector of TalTech and the
Mayor of Tallinn reached a common understanding that the city
and the university could work together in the field of smart
cities. The joint Smart City Centre of Excellence (TalTech
City) was established at the start of 2019 to help raise
competitive research funding for implementing the smart city
“In partnership with the Tallinn University of Technology we
can develop the smart city concept in greater detail and depth.
Cooperation between the university and the city creates synergy
and brings new ideas from research groups to urban
development,” noted Kõlvart.
Tallinn can contribute to the programme budget of 32 million
euros by preparing and implementing potential joint pilot
projects. The targets set for TalTech City’s first year of
operation were exceeded - 12 project applications on which the
city and Taltech worked together have been filed as at year
end. Several of these applications will be reviewed next year
whereas three applications have already been accepted for
funding. A new programme of activities and a new memorandum of
cooperation have been prepared for next year.
On Friday the Mayor discussed cooperation with the Rector of
Tartu University Toomas Asser. The main focus was on the 2020
programme of cooperation between Tartu University and the City
of Tallinn. Further, the Mayor visited the Centre of IT Impact
Studies (CITIS) where he learned about using big data for
forecasting the future. The parties agreed that cooperation in
2020 will cover areas like education, mobility research, urban
planning and the impact analysis of legislative drafting.