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Smart cities

Estonia has a niche capability in the design and engineering of hardware and software solutions for intelligent transportation, urban planning, tourism and smart homes. Advanced digital infrastructure, skills and consumer adoption provide the ideal R&D testbed.

  • 2017 testing of self-driving cars legalised
  • #12 in Europe for network readiness
  • #11 globally for M2M subscriptions
  • 3,700+ ICT companies

Our advantages

2017testing of autonomous vehicles legalised
icon-fasffwCommitment of state to efficient public assets.
icon-facesWorld-class skills in high-tech systems, real-time computing and cyber security.
icon-courtExtensive use of connected networks in energy, transportation and Smart City sectors.
icon-settings2Proven benefits to users and environment from adoption of smart city technologies.
icon-stone-housesCommitment of state to innovation in the smart city sector.

Overview

#3in Europe in share of ICT specialists among people employed

Estonia has an unparalleled track record of applying technology to create efficiency and improve user experience. The first country in the world to implement smart parking, today our smart apps and ticketing systems are widely used across the Nordic region.

Thanks to high-speed digital infrastructure and use of location technologies, Estonia has become a leader in telematics. Cutting edge collaboration between our emergency services, Google, Tele2, Telia and Elisa accurately pinpoints callers in seconds, allowing lives to be saved. In March 2017, Estonia legalised the testing of autonomous vehicles in the country.

Digitally-enabled infrastructure, including smart roads and ports, has also allowed Estonia to implement Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) which ensure smooth flows of people and traffic around cities and logistics hubs. Big Data analytics are increasingly integrated to improve urban planning, civil safety and tourism.

With long-standing expertise in mechatronics with embedded software, Estonia has a growing specialism in engineering smart hardware and control systems for buildings, lighting and home appliances. Samsung has conducted R&D into smart TVs in Estonia, while accelerators Buildit and Tehnopol have commercialised smart city innovations.

In addition to applying smart city concepts to improve life quality and mobility, Estonia seeks to improve economic competitiveness. Our Smart Port and FINEST Twins joint ventures with Finland increase interoperability with our largest tourism and trading partner and provide valuable data for strategic planning.

Smart cities

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