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The two-day technology congress organized by SuperIoT Alliance, Z-Park IoT Alliance and RealMax Academy offered an extensive setting for companies interested in funding, market access, technology utilization and network collaboration.

Collaboration is strength
Several speakers emphasized the power of cooperation and collaboration. Zhengwei Wang, head of Z-Park Global IoT Alliance, explained the role they have in development of services and products for Chinese conglomerates such as Xiaomi, Softbank and Huawei. Before him, Janne Mustonen from BusinessOulu promoted Oulu as the main location for radio technology development, now for 50 years. “Nearly 20 percent of every citizen in Oulu is employed in a high-tech company. Oulu is the Silicon Valley of Europe”, Mustonen said.

Corporate representatives also let their needs be heard. For instance, Jukka Paananen from BaseN told that the company is prepared and ready for entering Chinese markets once a suitable collaboration partner is found, which many visitors from China found interesting.

Public sector still matters
Reijo Smolander from Business Finland told in general about the goals of the organization and what public funding means to technology industry, where a large part of the innovation stems from SMEs.

A prime example of the role the public sector has was seen in the presentation video from the city of Changzhou. In Chinese scale, Changzhou is a small town with a million residents. The East-Chinese city has nevertheless taken a stand as a supporter of high tech and population increase in the region, striving for substantial growth in coming years.

Speaker examples
CEO Pasi Leipälä from Oulu-based Haltian clarified a large-scale IoT solution in his keynote. Using their own Thingsee platform and some solutions they have established with it, Leipälä told about the value chain for a successful IoT service, containing not only design and development, but the long tail of support for the devices, software and use.

Timo Alalääkkölä presented the Oulu Health Labs’ vision of the hospital of the future. Oulu Health Labs develops technological solutions for hospital use with 3rd party companies. Ala-Lääkkölä told of the full investment scale of the project to be around 5Bn Euro in the next 12 years.

Founder and CEO of Probot, Matti Tikanmäki told of the business of his company, and also how they conceptualize new robot technologies and their use. “One obstacle in industries is the installation of new robot technology in conjunction with old-fashioned production technology”, he said.

Artificial intelligence and digitalisation reaches all industries, including content and media industry. CEO of Valossa.com, Mika Rautiainen, told the audience about the video analysing tool their company has developed. The tool recognizes people, locations, settings and actions for content search and compliance automatisation for audiences. “At the moment, the analysis is 99% correct every time”, he said.

Digitalisation and IoT offer automatisation solutions for labor-intense situations. One such situation is reading a water meter, for which Wudao Water Tech. Co Ltd in China has developed a water meter robot. “A cost-efficient robot solution is in connection with water meters in the region and proprietary systems of water companies, and can direct water usage to more economic behaviour”, said CEO Hongzhong Yu. The cost of manual water meter reading becomes more expensive in lower population areas, which is a reason why the company’s product is used in over 15 provinces in China, and in Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. “We are also looking for market opportunities in Finland”, Yu said.

Vladimir Olechshenko, COO from Oulu-based UROS IoT & Smart Cities branch told how their IoT business has developed. Started in 2017, the IoT branch is determined to enter Chinese market with their water flow management system, which eg. can manage the stream and read leakage from the pipe network, communicating this to the water company wirelessly. “Every year, over 3 billion litres of water leaks away globally”, Olechshenko said.

Additional information about the congress

Pekka Jokitalo, SuperIoT Alliance, +358 40 500 5615, pekka.jokitalo@oulu.fi

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