FinEst Smart Mobility

Sustainable intelligent transport solutions and cooperative mobility planning to solve cross-border mobility dilemmas


FESM Project Seminar 24 April 2019

FinEst Smart Mobility project consortium invites you to a half-day filled with news and lessons learned on innovative digital solutions developed for land and sea traffic and on sustainable mobility in a cross-border environment.

FinEst Smart Mobility Project Seminar 24 April 2019, 10:30-14:10
Kultuurikatel Terrassisaal, Põhja puiestee 27A, Tallinn


Join us to find out how traffic flows in centrally located ports can be improved in agile and innovative ways! We will cover topics such as ITS pilots, innovative procurement, sustainable mobility planning, open data and cross-border services.

FinEst Smart Mobility is an Interreg Central Baltic financed project that has developed innovative traffic management solutions with Helsinki West Harbour and Tallinn Old City Harbour as testbeds.

Register HERE by 22.04.2019.
Limited number of seats available.
The venue is accessible for people with restricted mobility.

PROGRAMME (with reservation to changes)
10:10 – 10:30 Registration and welcome coffee
10:30 – 10:50 Introduction by Erik Sakkov, seminar moderator
10:50 – 11:05 Project video screening
11:05 – 11:45 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, working across the gulf
– Pirko Konsa, Project manager of Tallinn region SUMP
11:45 – 12:00 Innovation procurement
– Ralf-Martin Soe, Project development manager, ITL Digital Lab
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch and networking
12:40 – 13:40 FESM Smart Mobility pilots; Henrik Ramm-Schmidt, Fleetrange Ltd;
Kimmo Ylisiurunen, Infotripla Oy; Jaana Ylikoski, Kyyti Group; Madis Sassiad, GoSwift OÜ
13:40 – 13:55 E-ticketing project, continuation of regional cooperation
– Tiit Laiksoo, Project manager, Tallinn Transport Department
13:55 – 14:10 Conclusions

The seminar will also be streamed – the streaming link will published on this web page in due time.


For any questions, please contact Suvi Hänninen, City of Helsinki, suvi.hanninen(at) or Liivar Luts, City of Tallinn, liivar.luts(at)


Ferry connection between Helsinki and Tallinn has over 8 million annual passengers. The connection between Helsinki West Harbor and Tallinn Old City Harbor is one of the busiest in the world.
FinEst Smart Mobility aims to tackle the congestion and other negative externalities borne out of the large traffic volumes passing through the ports and cities by developing intelligent traffic solutions.



FinEst Smart Mobility provides a more fluent integration of different transport modes for this inter-city and cross-border traffic with piloting and planning of ICT driven solutions. As one outcome, transportation time for both passengers and cargo will be reduced. The better flow of people and goods result in less CO2 emission and noise in the port area, as well as in the cities. Through cross-border collaboration, improved end-to-end and user-centric experiences will be ensured. The pilots will carry on until early 2019, focusing on creating a more sustainable and a less congested traffic, while improving the user experience for the passengers.

Project is funded through Interreg Central Baltic programme with total budget of 1.8 million euros,

Project partners are: City of Helsinki, City of Tallinn, ITL Digital Lab, City of Vantaa, Estonian road administration, Forum Virium Helsinki LTDHelsinki Region Transport Authority is an associated partner, and the consortium is supported by Port of Helsinki and Port of Tallinn.



Smart guidance for heavy good vehicles at port

Pilot A – Inbound traffic solutions

Annually more than 200 000 trucks are travelling through the centers of Helsinki and Tallinn city, in and out from the Tallinn Old City Harbour and Helsinki West Harbour. Harbors are both located in the city centers and lack extra parking spaces. Any extra time spent in the harbor area by heavy good vehicles or ferry passengers creates a strain on the road network. In order to ease the pressure on harbors, trucks should arrive at the port area just-in-time when they are loaded to the ferries – not hours or days before the loading.

Pilot A was split into two different pilots focusing on different aspects; Pilot A1 for a smart queuing system and Pilot A2 for innovation partnership for the inbound traffic.

Pilot A tender process was launched in September 2017 as Call for Tender was published in Hilma portal. From the tenderers of pilot A1, GoSwift was selected to implement the actual service. In the pilot A2, Fleetrange Ltd. was selected to be the innovation partner.


GoSwift has developed an application dedicated to truck drivers and fleet operators, that lets them know exactly when they should drive to the ferry terminal gates. The FinEst Mobility app ensures that trucks arrive to the port just in time, as opposed to waiting by the port gates in a densely trafficked city. The app is available on Google Play, and the service is currently available for Tallink Megastar and Star departures. The service is also available through SMS, for drivers without a smart phone.

You can download the app here: Google Play: FinEst Mobility app

For more information, read the GoSwift pilot report in here, or visit:

Responsible project partner: City of Helsinki and City of Tallinn

Fleetrange ltd has developed an API to solve the automated and real-time ETA/schedule tracking of ferry traffic between Helsinki West Harbour and the Tallinn Old City Harbour. The aim of this service is to help streamline all modes of transport on this route, and to make it possible to integrate the ferry traffic into existing journey planners on both sides of the Gulf of Finland. The real-time API service is available for developers and other service providers, such as ferry companies. FinEst Smart Mobility API has been operational since 2018 and is maintained until the end of February 2019.

For more information and access to API, visit

For detailed information about the developed solution, you can read the Fleetrange pilot report in here

Responsible project partner: City of Helsinki

Pilot B – Outbound traffic solution

Where pilot A focuses on the incoming traffic, pilot B focuses on outgoing traffic. It is the outgoing traffic from the ports that is causing traffic jams and at its worst the traffic is barely moving, causing unnecessary traffic congestion. Even though Pilot B focuses on improving the traffic flow of heavy good vehicles, the solutions will indirectly benefit other passengers as well.

For the pilot B, an innovation partnership procurement process was launched in September 2017. Decisions on the pilot companies were reached in February 2018. In total, three companies were selected as innovation partners. The partners developed a prototype of their service;

Coreorient Ltd’s focus was to help private car users travelling between the harbors to share their ride with other passengers on their way to same direction from their homes, ferries or public transport hubs. The purpose of the service was to make travelling almost as easy as with private car while saving in the expenses and reducing congestion in the harbor areas.

Tilgi Suomi Ltd. offered a shuttle bus type of solution for passengers to ease their travel from nearby points of interest, for instance from Ruoholahti metro station or Viru center to harbor. Solution was offered through an app and other web-based solutions offering information to the passengers.

Infotripla introduced a real-time and predictive traffic information system in the harbor area. The purpose of the system has been to make traffic management more efficient and lessen the congestion caused by the periodically increasing traffic. The system is based on data modelling, processing several sources of traffic data and other variables.

After the prototype phase was finalized in the spring of 2018, an evaluation of the services was conducted and Infotripla was selected to further develop their service. As an addition, the service contains live notifications on arriving ferries and route guidance for the trucks and cars leaving the port. The fluency model is now operational and the piloting continues until early spring 2019.

For more information on the solution, visit

Responsible project partner: City of Helsinki

Smart mobility service from West Harbour to Helsinki airport

Increasing number of travelers from Estonia are using the ferry connection as part of their journey to reach locations outside Helsinki region. Information about the different mobility options is limited, and the process of buying a ticket for the different modes of transport in order to continue the journey from the port can be frustrating.

Pilot D aims to change this situation by providing a smart traffic solution to improve the modal split of public transport for the ferry passengers heading towards Vantaa and the Helsinki airport in particular. This pilot aims to improve the access to information on schedules, route planning and ticketing on intermodal options for the ferry passengers.

A call for tender for pilot D was launched in September 2017. Decision on service provider was made in February 2018.

Kyyti Group was selected to implement the pilot. Kyyti Group offers an easy and accessible solution to Aviapolis area and to Helsinki airport from the West Harbour through shared taxi options. The booking is done on an app, that is available for downloading on Google Play. The application is available in Finnish, English and Estonian.

For more information, read the Kyyti pilot final report here , or visit

Responsible project partner: City of Vantaa

SUMP - Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in Tallinn

One particular area of economy that has an immediate effect in both regions is the transportation of people and goods in the twin city area. Implementation of a sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) for the City of Tallinn is part of FinEst Smart Mobility, and will as such come to define the future framework for mobility development in Tallinn region. In the future, Tallinn SUMP will set the criteria for any transport infrastructure project taking place in the Tallinn capital region, following the guidelines set by the European Commission.

Open dialogue between important stakeholders and organisations is a prerequisite for SUMP as it covers a number of different fields of interests and responsibilities. The cross-border nature of FinEst Smart Mobility promotes the adoption of best practices, and improves the collaboration between the capital regions of Tallinn and Helsinki. A handful of SUMPs has already been approved in Helsinki, and the Tallinn SUMP work is coordinated in such a way that a maximized exchange of knowledge can take place through this project.

Tallinn SUMP focuses on analysing the mobility needs of the region and sets sustainable transport priorities for its transport investments. This is done by setting up common objectives and indicators for mobility in the region, carrying out studies and data analysis to support decision-making, organising seminars and workshops with relevant stakeholders, getting the strategy approved in the Tallinn City Council, and compiling a roadmap with immediate actions towards the agreed objectives.

Responsible project partner: City of Tallinn and Estonian road administration

TMP - Traffic Management Plan for traffic management optimization in Tallinn ring road

Contributing to the SUMP process, a separate Traffic Management Plan (TMP) survey for developing a traffic management solution for Tallinn ring road on highway no 11 was conducted. Extensive reconstruction works are going to transform the Tallinn ring road into a divided highway in the upcoming years and this survey forms a basis for planning and developing various ITS solutions to make the traffic smoother, safer and easier in terms of managing various incidents that cause traffic obstructions.

The survey is divided into a) analysis of current situation and proposals; b) modelling incidents and bypass routes; and c) feasibility of dynamic traffic management with the help of ITS solutions. TMP helps the traffic management centre of Estonian Road Administration to run everyday operations when accidents take place and to solve traffic disturbances. The document also serves as a development plan towards a dynamic traffic management ecosystem in Tallinn ring road that will be implemented in 2019-2023.  

The documentation is available HERE.

Responsible project partner: Estonian road administration

Specifications and preparations for innovation piloting

Before any of the pilots could be launched, a particular specification and preparation work package had to be carried out. Main goal of this work package has been to produce supporting material for the procurement of the above mentioned pilots. An important part of this specification process has been mini-pilots that ran for three months during the spring of 2018. The mini-pilots were used to probe new innovations around the themes of this project. One central part of this work package was also the mapping of the stereotypical ferry users and their mobility habits. The purpose of the study was to provide essential information about the passengers and the factors affecting or possibly affecting their choice of mobility.

The specification and preparation work package reached its goals in June 2017, when the framework for the larger pilot procurements was finalized. The framework was then utilised to produce material for the Call for tender for the procurements taking place in September 2017. The material from the user specification and mini-pilots were included in the procurement set.

To find out in more detail how cities of Helsinki and Tallinn collaborated on joint innovation-lab-type structures and conducted agile trials in the field of smart mobility before traditional procurement, read the paper Agile local governments: Experimentation before implementation, published on Government Information Quarterly.

Responsible project partner: Forum Virium Helsinki