Roadmap to a smart Arctic specialization (SMARCTIC)

The objective of the project was to formulate a future vision and a roadmap toward the further development of the Finnish Arctic expertise. The project was based on an innovative combination of high-level expertise, and was realized in inter- and multidisciplinary working groups.

The thematic areas (work packages) of the project were as follows.

WP 1: The Arctic context
The process of identifying the level of knowledge of the Arctic and the position of Finnish organizations Arctic expertise and identify potential added value of Finland's key technology areas of expertise.
Contact person: Anna Leinonen, VTT

WP 2: Environmental informatics and mobile technology
The WP identified the future development of wireless communication environment and human measurement and data transmission. Based on this analysis, personalized and interactive services supporting human well-being and sustainable development were analyzed.
Vision: Wireless communication and smart metering methods to maintain Arctic capability
Contact person: Prof. Pentti Leppänen, Centre for Wireless Communication

WP 3: Smart logistics, infra and living environment
The WP looked at the impact of new traffic openings and intensified use of natural resources on traffic flows, urban structures and infrastructure, as well as to identify and list those related to new business opportunities and the development of services. Key priorities were accessibility, sustainability and growth.
Vision: A vibrant community in the North, with sufficient logistics secured for people and companies, accessible services, as well as ecologically, socially and economically sustainable environment.
Contact person: Prof. Jari Juga, Oulu Business School

WP4: Natural resources management and economics
The WP identified and listed synergistic solutions to the sustainable use of Arctic resources to support and identify related innovations and business opportunities.
Vision: Arctic IT-enhanced eco-industrial system
Contact person: Eva Pongrácz, Thule Institute, NorTech Oulu

WP5: People in the North
The WP characterized and listed the measurement and information systems related to the monitoring the well-being of Arctic residents, and those moving to the Arctic in search of work; as well as identify related services and new business development opportunities
Vision: Identifying the factors affecting welfare and safety of individuals and the community, health indicators monitored in real-time. Data on welfare was collected into databases allowing comprehensive assessment and enabling influencing interfering factors at an early stage.
Contact person: Prof. Arja Rautio, Thule Institute, Centre for Arctic Medicine

WP 6: Roadmap to an Arctic expertise
Roadmaps were made for selected Arctic regions and, based on it, a vision was formulated for strategic openings
Contact person:: Anna Leinonen, VTT

WP 7: Strategic opening and business potential
This WP evaluated suitable business models and ecosystems for the Arctic and analyzed them through a scenario process to link with the roadmaps.
The assessment of business opportunities was linked to enablers and substance work packages in order to result in integrated scenarios.

Presentation of WP7
Contact person: Prof. Petri Ahokangas, Oulu Business School
Project partnership

Lead Partner:
University of Oulu, Thule Institute, Centre for Environment and Energy

- Oulu University of Applied Sciences
- Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Project duration
Contact persons:
Coordinator: Erkki Alasaarela, University of Oulu, Thule Institute

Last updated: 1.12.2020