The procurement of the City of Tampere’s IoT (Internet of Things) platform has reached the final of Finland’s most skillful procurement competition with three other candidates. The Finnish Public Procurement Advisory Unit will award the most skilled procurement of the year on 13 April. The purpose of the reward is to highlight good practices and disseminate information about successful acquisitions.
The evolving technology area, transparency and future ecosystem development were essential for the procurement of the IoT platform, the outdoor lighting control system and the urban environment sensing. A similar solution has not yet been procured in Finland, so the acquisition in Tampere has interested municipalities in Finland and abroad. During the ten-year contract period, the City wants to further develop the acquired entity.
We are happy to be recognized and to be able to build the IoT platform and the ecosystem around it with our selected supplier partner Wapice Oy, says Maarit Vehviläinen, Project Manager of the City of Tampere.
Procurements made in 2019 and 2020 were allowed to be nominated for the competition that was held for the second time. The advisory unit awards the prize to the organization that made the procurement, the procurement of which as a whole has been successful and carried out with special skill by the means made possible by the procurement legislation. The selection criteria are, for example, the results-based, effective, innovative and agile contract development of the procurement during the contract period.
The idea is that companies and educational and research institutions can utilize the data collected by the platform through interfaces, for example in their research and development work, says Mika Heikkilä, System Manager of the City of Tampere.
The Public Procurement Advisory Unit is a unit maintained by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, which provides information on the application of the regulation of public procurement and strives to increase procurement expertise.
System Manager Mika Heikkilä
Tel. +358 50 468 8478
Project Manager Maarit Vehviläinen
Tel. +358 50 336 7696
The procurement involved the STARDUST project, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement No. 774094). It is part of the City of Tampere’s Smart Tampere development program.