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Finland Friday – on a quest for Digital Solutions for the 4th Industrial Revolution

November 20, 2017

On November 17th, we saw the second Finland Friday on Digital solutions gathering experts from the field to discuss four technologies that will disrupt industries across the board: 5G networks, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Ambassador Paula Parviainen challenged Finland and Singapore to collaborate on this field, and make the most out of the experiences and learning.


Picture: Ambassador Paula Parviainen opening the second Finland Friday on Digital Solutions.


The afternoon featured speakers from Wirepas, Wärtsilä, Nokia and MOH Holdings. The panel discussion also saw representatives from Palmu, PlugIT and Hiverlab. Cities of Jyväskylä, Tampere and Turku from Finland were represented in the networking event. 


The event at Huone Singapore kicked off with Mr Vafa Shams from Wirepas presenting on Massive IoT - Internet of Things. Wirepass offers the world’s most scalable de-centralized radio communications protocol for large-scale IoT applications. Mr. Shams highlighted: “In the future all that can be connected will be connected through autonomous, de-centralized device mesh networks.”


Picture: Vafa Shams from Wirepas.


Dr. Norman Wu, Director, Healthcare Infrastructure Projects Division from MOH Holding shared his views on integrated digital delivery of healthcare facilities. Currently MOHH has in pipe-line close to 80 projects in Singapore and is cooperating with Finland on the challenges both countries share on healthcare development and aging population. Dr. Wu presented Finland as a partner country for MOHH’s annual technology event HI.TEC, which will take place in March 2018.


 Picture: Dr. Norman Wu from MOH Holding.


Mr Janne Lautanala, General Manager, Digital Foundry from Wärtsilä, gave an insight on Wärtsilä’s business logic in supporting digital solutions in power industry. Wärtsilä is opening a Digital Acceleration Centre in Singapore, which supports promising ideas and transform them into service concepts and products in cooperation with customers and partners. This is Wärtsilä’s second acceleration center after the first one started in Helsinki in October. Lautanala summarized their operating philosophy: ”Incubate quickly and fail or scale fast. If a project fails, it fails fast and we learn from it.”


Picture: Mr Janne Lautanala from Wärtsilä (right) sharing his views during the networking session.


The event saw 85 participants collaborating during the networking session. PSA unboXed told about their quest to find technologies to TUAS Megaport and PSA Global’s container terminals abroad. GovTech shared insights to smart nation initiatives in Singapore.


To summarize the discussions, we can conclude that there are plenty of joint interests and initiatives between Finland and Singapore in solving current and future needs with digital solutions.


See more pictures from the event here

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