New brochure: optical transceivers



Our product range for optical transceivers expanded in the spring and we’ve now compiled the basic selection to a new brochure.

With these products the optical signal in the fiber optic network can be converted to an electrical signal from 1G transfer rate networks up to 400G high speed data center networks. Options include products for different distances, connectors, operating temperatures, as well as laser transmitter and receiver types.

This new brochure includes the following models: SFP 1G, XFP ja SFP+ 10G, SFP28 25G, QSFP+ 40G, QSFP28 100G and QSFP56-DD 400G. 

You can find the most popular products in the brochure as webshop links – for others, please contact our customer service for ordering and additional information. Our customer service also helps if the basic selection does not offer a suitable product for your network. 

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LuxTurrim5G joins Expo 2020 Dubai


 LuxTurrim5G at Dubai Expo

Orbis participates Expo 2020 Dubai together with LuxTurrim5G ecosystem in the Finland Pavilion.

Exhibition is open from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.


LuxTurrim5G Smart Pole4


Digital backbone for sustainable cities

LuxTurrim5G smart poles bring the digital backbone for a smart and sustainable city. Combining fast 5G connectivity, wide sensor network and a secure data platform with new data-driven services boosts safety, efficiency, healthy and smooth living.

On the Expo 2020 Dubai are two modular smart poles: one is in front of the Finland Pavilion and another indoors. Orbis is responsible for the cabling, connections, and assembly of the LuxTurrim5G smart poles.


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15.06.2021 The first pre-commercial version of the smart pole is ready
28.05.2020 A unique smart city pilot goes live in Espoo, Finland
23.04.2020 Orbis cabling and integration expertise is key for smart pole functionalities

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The first pre-commercial version of the smart pole is ready


The collaboration within the Nokia-driven LuxTurrim5G ecosystem has progressed nicely despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The extensive company consortium developing a digital backbone for the Smart City has now reached an important milestone when its key element, 5G smart pole, has progressed from development stage into pre-commercial product. It is in fact a product family of smart poles, which can meet the various needs of cities. The modular structure allows for poles in different sizes, integration of various devices and implementation of required digital services based on usage and surrounding area. The ecosystem partners are currently working on finalising the collaboration model to bring the product to markets.

LuxTurrim5G smart pole family

The LuxTurrim5G project has made good progress from the research phase towards practical applications. The smart pole concept integrating various equipment such as weather, air quality sensors, video cameras, monitors, radar, lidar and positioning devices and an electric vehicle charging unit, has been systematically developed and piloted in an extensive joint project between companies and research institutes. Now the major development work has been completed and the result is a versatile family of smart pole products, which enables the digital backbone for smart city. The smart poles utilising the new “second generation” 5G technology, which refers to millimeter-wave frequencies, provide not only super-fast, low-latency 5G connections, but also an extensive network of sensors for the users. This, in turn, enables gathering and utilization of diverse data to develop new services for the needs of the city, its citizens and businesses. 

A unique smart city pilot environment built on Nokia campus in Espoo, which includes e.g. 19 smart poles, two smart and safe bus stops and a total of more than 250 interconnected IoT devices, has played a key role in the development and piloting of the smart poles, digital infrastructure and data-driven services.

Smart pole family in key role to turn cities smart and sustainable 

The LuxTurrim5G smart pole concept has been developed to tackle the future needs of cities faced with the challenges of sustainable development and digitalisation. It is not really about a light pole, but a whole new element to build the key infrastructure of a smart city - its digital backbone. The same pole will not only have a 5G base station integrated into it, but it will also have video cameras, radars, lidars, and sensors needed for navigation, weather, temperature, air quality or, for example, carbon dioxide measurements. This way, readiness for a variety of services is being created. Intelligent lighting will also be one element, though not the main issue as in traditional light poles.

Modular smart poleDifferent use environments require different smart poles. A key design principle for the LuxTurrim5G smart pole has been its modular structure. It allows for the smooth integration of poles of many sizes for different usage, such as for wide or narrow streets, parks, market squares or other open spaces. Tehomet Oy and Orbis Oy have had the main responsibility in the design and manufacture of pilot smart poles. Building, maintenance, and servicing the smart pole network offers its own set of responsibilities, which has been taken care of by Destia Oy.

"The modular design developed in the project allows for huge variations to build different assemblies according to site requirements. The design supports external devices for retrofitting as well as installing new modules along with the changing needs. It will be possible to vary the aesthetic features by changing the colours or by using decorative parts, laser-cut or modules with background lighting. The variety of options makes this product family a unique solution for the global market,” says Sami Huuskonen, Design Manager at Tehomet Oy. He will be the newly appointed Product Manager for intelligent solutions in the parent company Valmont Industries in the EMEA region.

The integration of several devices into a well-functioning entity has been an important development focus in the manufacturing of smart poles. Orbis Oy, which has been in charge of cabling, integration and assembly of smart poles, has taken modularity as a challenge and as an opportunity.

“We have succeeded in implementing a compact cabling solution inside the smart pole, which enables the integrated devices to be connected into the same data transmission and power supply entity. The modularity of the solution, in turn, ensures that devices can be flexibly added and replaced on the smart pole throughout its life cycle. This is a significant competitive advantage,” says Jani Linna-Aro, CEO of Orbis Oy.

Safety and situational awareness as examples of services using data

Central in the service development is the utilization of various data flows for real needs. Smart poles, drones and autonomous vehicles collect for example weather, air quality and environmental data, location data and images and streams by cameras. This data can be combined with other data sources to create a wide range of targeted services, related to safety, full situational awareness or low-emission traffic and logistics to mention a few examples.

“Safety and security is one of the most important elements dictating the development of smart cities. The solutions developed by Teleste aim to improve the safety of citizens, increase the sense of safety and support the work of the authorities. Teleste has been one of the key players in this project as a developer  of intelligent services for public safety, and our Connected Zone® concept plays an important role for the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem. We have had the pleasure of cooperating with Nokia and integrating our concept into the offering of the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem,” says Dr. Jani Väre from Teleste.

By gathering data on people and vehicles moving in the area, smart poles enable better and more personalised services, but data collection also requires that legal requirements, for example the use and processing of personal data are very carefully considered. The data obtained through cameras are, of course, the subject of special attention in this case. The LuxTurrim5G project has paid a lot of attention to data protection issues. Cooperation between companies, research institutes and authorities has created a good basic understanding of the requirements and shared practices for correct handling of data protection matters at different stages. This provides a solid foundation for the development of data-driven businesses and, for its part, a competitive advantage in this area.

Smart pole at Nokia Espoo Campus

World Expo as a gateway towards a growing business 

The LuxTurrim5G ecosystem has ignited a lot of interest both in Finland and around the world. Now that the development of the modular smart pole, related elements and several services has been completed, the consortium is aiming for more extensive pilots in real urban environments. Readiness for smart pole deliveries has been fine-tuned not only with technical development in mind, but also various business models are being prepared. Tehomet, Orbis and Destia are currently working on a shared model for bringing the product to the market. An important gateway to the global market is the Expo 2020 Dubai (postponed World expo due COVID-19) opening in October this year. In the event, the LuxTurrim5G offering and two functional smart poles will be showcased by Nokia and other companies.

“Our development work will of course continue. The second part of the ecosystem project will continue till the end of this year, focusing on the development of the data platform and marketplace and piloting of new services. Smart pole development will be continued as needed in connection with pilot projects,” says Project Manager Pekka Wainio from Nokia Bell Labs.

In Espoo, planning of the Kera area is going forward and there are also new smart city plans for the Otaniemi-Keilaniemi area which will offer new piloting opportunities for smart pole technologies. The City of Espoo together with VTT, Aalto University and companies, intend to build there the world's most advanced telecommunications and data infrastructure that enables new solutions for intelligent and low-emission transport and circular economy. The global market for smart city solutions is currently worth 400 billion euros and is predicted to grow to 1,000 billion euros by 2025.

More info:

Juha Salmelin, Nokia, Ecosystem leader
juha.salmelin(at), 050 5223508

Markku Heino, Spinverse, Ecosystem coordinator
markku.heino(at), 040 7191221 

Pekka Wainio, Nokia Bell Labs, 040 58111211 

Jani Linna-Aro, Orbis Oy, 040 3501866

Sami Huuskonen, Tehomet Oy, 044 7465583

Background info: 

LuxTurrim5G video

White paper, 25.5.2020

LuxTurrim5G ecosystem includes the following partners:

Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia, Premix, Teleste, Vaisala, Indagon, Rumble Tools, Orbis, Tehomet, Destia, Sitowise, Caruna, A-Insinöörit (AINS Group), Link Design & Development, Vediafi, Agora Networks, Sensible 4, City of Espoo, Finnish Transport and Communications Agengy Traficom, VTT, Aalto University, Tampere University, University of Helsinki and Spinverse as ecosystem leader. 

The project is funded by the participating companies and Business Finland.

The results of the project are presented on 15 June 2021 in a webinar Smart infrastructure and services for sustainable cities



New products in our transceivers and converters range


Optical transceivers and AOC-cable

Our product range has expanded with optical transceivers: SFP, SFP +, XFP, QSFP and QSFP28, as well as DAC and AOC High speed direct attach cables.

The transceiver converts the optical signal into the electrical signal needed by the device, and it also converts the signal from the device back to the fiber optic network.

High speed direct connection cables are used for direct connections between active devices (switches, servers, etc.) when data rates are 10G and above. The advantages are that the direct connection cables have an easy plug & play structure and they are more cost-effective than a solution combining fiber optic cables and optical transceivers. Also, they have lower power consumption compared to the transceivers.

These products are now available in our webshop. Welcome shopping!

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Free webinar: Efficient and Adaptable Liquid Cooling in Data Center


 Efficient and Adaptable Liquid Cooling in Data Center

Join our free webinar on Efficient and Adaptable Liquid Cooling in Data Center on Tuesday, November 3 from 14:00 – 15:00 (EET).

Did you miss this live webinar? It is available to watch as a recording at your convenience. Register here >>  

During this webinar you will learn

  • Rear door cooling is liquid cooling
  • Case stories of liquid cooling: Nautilus co-location data center, Cambridge University, Jaguar modular HPC data center
  • How to reach cooling power up to 200kW/rack
  • What modifications are needed to existing data center
  • How the Leak Prevention System minimizes risks

You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event.

This webinar is organized in co-operation with Orbis Oy and USystems Ltd. for our customers in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Speakers: Freddy Briffitt, EMEA Lead, and Sam Allen, Head of Solution sales, USystems Ltd.

Read more about the benefits of rear door cooling in our blog post 'Three reasons to choose rear door cooling in data center' >>

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A unique smart city pilot goes live in Espoo, Finland


A company consortium led by Nokia is targeting the global smart city markets, worth tens of billions of euros.  The LuxTurrim5G ecosystem has just completed a one-of-a-kind piloting environment that boosts the development of new data-driven services for cities both in Finland and abroad. It covers the route from Nokia HQ Campus in Espoo, Finland, to the near-by Kera railway station. Comprising of 19 smart poles with the latest 5G technology and altogether 250 interconnected devices it brings super-fast connectivity and extensive sensor network available for practical piloting of digital services.

A smart pole on the Kera route in Espoo

The LuxTurrim5G project has been progressing systematically from multi-disciplinary research to practice.  The 5G smart pole concept does not only boast a 5G base station integrated into a light pole but also weather and air quality sensors, video cameras, displays, an electric vehicle charging point and other devices. The concept has now reached its piloting phase for practical applications. The extensive piloting network of 19 smart poles has just been completed in Kera, Espoo, covering areas in Nokia’s Espoo Campus and extending to the nearby Kera railway station. The smart poles, using the so called millimetre wave 5G technology, bring high-speed 5G connectivity and an extensive network of sensors within the reach of the users. 

”This is a globally unique smart city pilot where a high-speed and low latency 5G network, an extensive sensor network and a data platform bring novel services to the city, its people and community,” says Pekka Wainio, Project Manager, Nokia Bell Labs.  

”Local data collected by the various devices, cameras and sensors within the network can be used to produce a multitude of local services through the open interfaces of the data platform. We have received wide interest on how the surveillance cameras and radar devices can be utilised in overall security surveillance, traffic and road quality monitoring, for remote control of self-driving vehicles and in other transport and logistics services,” Wainio continues. 

The smart pole network itself, built by Nokia and its partners, comprises approximately 250 interconnected devices, such as three new generation 5G base stations (26 GHz by Nokia), more than 50 WiFi devices (60 GHz), 75 video cameras, 49 different sensors monitoring the air quality, weather, temperature, road surface state as well as CO and CO2 levels etc. (Vaisala and others), nine radar devices (six traffic radars and three lidars), seven information screens, an EV charging point and a drone charging and landing stations at the top of the pole (Rumble Tools). 

In addition to the smart poles, the LuxTurrim5G test network also has two smart and safe bus stops (Connected Zone by Teleste,) and a separate city information display, showcasing how different sensors can be integrated into the elements found in the urban infrastructure. These are part of the “LuxTurrim5G smart urban furniture” we are developing for cities. Drones and self-driving vehicles, such as the self-driving shuttle bus (Sensible 4), are also an essential part of the piloting entity where the infrastructure, functionality and services for a smart city are developed in a holistic way. 

From light pole to smart pole 

The LuxTurrim5G smart pole concept has been developed to meet the future needs of cities. It is not about the light pole as such, as this is a completely new element forming an essential part of the key infrastructure of a smart city – its digital backbone. The recently implemented smart pole version already functions as a pre-commercial pilot product which helps to design the actual smart pole product family. The companies mainly responsible for the design and manufacturing of the pilot poles have been Tehomet Oy and Orbis Oy.

”This is the first large-scale smart pole pilot in Finland, and a globally significant project. The shift from traditional light poles to smart poles is a natural, but also a challenging task where every partners’ role matters. Currently we are already working with the next generation of smart poles and focusing on designing and productising a complete product family. Smart poles hold huge potential for global markets,” says Sami Huuskonen, Design Manager at Tehomet Oy.

The integration of several devices to form a well-functioning entity has been the key area of development in manufacturing the smart poles. 

“The limited space in the smart poles sets its challenges in the installation environment. The devices integrated into the pole also have different interfaces that must be connected to the same cabling system for data and power supply. The smart poles that are being piloted during the LuxTurrim5Gprogram enable services that are needed today but they also serve as a platform for future services. We have designed our solution so that it is possible to add and replace equipment over the course of the smart pole’s life cycle. As the needs are evolving, it will not be necessary to replace the entire pole or dig new trunk cables under street level,” says Jani Linna-Aro, CEO, Orbis Oy.

Devices integrated into a smart pole

Digital services for sustainability and smoother living

Espoo is going to transform the Kera area to a smart and urban district with at least 14,000 residents and 10,000 jobs in near future. Kera will become a showcase of sustainable urban development and an international reference case, where the city works together with its partners to create novel, clean and smart solutions to enhance the smoother living of its people. The future Kera will be a significant piloting ground for new solutions, paving the way to larger international projects. The role of Espoo as a pioneer of sustainable development appointed by the United Nations also promotes this approach. 

”The newly implemented LuxTurrim5G pilot network and its smart route from Nokia Campus to Kera railway station showcase an excellent example of a new kind of bold and concrete co-innovation between companies and the city,” says Pekka Vikkula, Project Director at City of Espoo.

The LuxTurrim5G smart pole network forms the digital backbone of a smart city offering high-speed connectivity and a versatile sensor network. This in turn brings a wide variety of relevant on-line data available e.g. on environment, weather, traffic flows, public safety, usage of energy to be used by the city and companies for specific needs and to create holistic situational awareness.  Cities have also big amounts of own data which often is not widely utilized. The project has already been developing a data platform that is capable of processing large masses of data from various sources in a reliable and efficient manner. All this is important for building new data-driven services for the city needs. LuxTurrim5G partners are excited to move now to practical piloting of different service concepts in the actual live environment. This lays the foundations to the development of the Kera area and helps us to validate our solutions for scale-up in international projects. Through this Espoo pilot, the LuxTurrim5G consortium shares an ambitious target to expand to global smart city markets, worth tens of millions of euros. 


For more information: 

Juha Salmelin, Nokia, Ecosystem leader, +358505223508

Markku Heino, Spinverse, Ecosystem coordinator, +358407191221

See also:

LuxTurrim5G video

White paper, Building the digital backbone for a smart city, May 25, 2020

Partners of the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem: 

Nokia Bell Labs, Nokia, Premix, Teleste, Vaisala, Indagon, Rumble Tools, Orbis, Tehomet, Destia, Sitowise, A-Insinöörit, Caruna, Link Design & Development, Vedia, Agora Networks, Sensible 4, City of Espoo,  Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Tampere University and Spinverse (coordinator of the ecosystem). 

The project is funded by the participating companies and Business Finland.



News on the effects of Coronavirus


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We have made operational adjustments to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus for our staff and for those dealing with us. We take the situation seriously and follow the recommendations of the authorities. We have, for example, shifted our employees from the office to remote work and our sales staff arranges meetings with customers mainly remotely.      

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Business cooperation produces smart pole


Hiedanrannan älypylväs

Orbis Oy, together with DNA Oyj and Tehomet Oy, has built a smart pole in the Hiedanranta district in Tampere, Finland. The pilot project combined the expertise of all three companies and provided valuable experience for developing new smart city solutions.

The expansion in digital services and new technologies requires a data communication infrastructure that can transfer large amounts of data wirelessly and reliably in real time. Smart pole technology is being integrated into the urban environment as discreetly as possible while protecting it from vandalism. The pole functions as a base for various devices and sensors, and within the reach it brings services to city residents and companies. The Hiedanranta pilot pole incorporates not only a mobile network base station but also controllable LED lights, CCTV camera, a USB charging point and a bench for resting.

"The first product development version of a smart pole suitable for a park environment has been built in Hiedanranta. Through our collaboration we were able to create a functioning solution that meets the data transfer needs of the future," says Anu Peussa of Orbis Oy, who headed the project.

Challenges inspire innovation

According to Sami Huuskonen of Tehomet Oy, which was responsible for the design and manufacture of the pole, the overall appearance in the cityscape has to be taken into consideration: “I feel that it is important to ensure that the equipment is disguised and integrated as far as possible in order to avoid an uncoordinated urban environment.” Because the pilot pole combines lighting with other equipment, it took time to create the design in order to ensure that all the components would fit into the finished solution as planned. 

In addition to being responsible for running the pilot project, Orbis Oy is also behind the cabling and connectivity solutions for integrated data transfer and power supply. The smart pole as an installation environment and the interfaces of the various devices meant that there was a lot to be developed. The limited space inside the pole posed the greatest challenge. Cables were grouped together, technologies were combined into hybrid solutions and new, small and weather-proof connection boxes were developed. In addition, there are extra connection points in the pole which ensure that more devices can be flexibly added in the future if needed. 

"In the 5G mobile network, base stations are being built in close distances so in addition to smart poles, cabling will be integrated into other street elements, such as bus stops," Anu Peussa explains.

Cities steer development

These days, data communication services are no longer solely in the hands of telecommunication operators. End users and cities play a key role in determining needs and construction sites because they decide what kind of services are needed and desired. 

For Hiedanranta the vision of the City of Tampere is to be an attractive district for its residents and companies operating in the area. Hiedanranta is a place for innovation that serves as a development environment and a platform for collaboration for smart and sustainable urban development projects and experiments. Hiedanranta's aim is to be an example for a smart city district, making the area a suitable location for the smart pole pilot project. “The city wants to be a facilitator for trialing of various types of solutions. It would be good to find a common solution that is largely based on the existing urban environment. In order to speed up the construction of data communications networks, we want that the construction is carried out all at once, which helps us to maintain an aesthetically pleasing urban environment. In normal construction, we make reservations for the growing demand for data communications,” says the City of Tampere's Project Manager, Mika Heikkilä about the construction of a smart city environment.

Telecommunication operator DNA Oyj's Tero Seppälä participated in the smart pole project as a technical expert. He sees potential in smart poles: "This is a new business concept for DNA. We are interested to see how this project will develop and what form potential cooperation with other cities will take." Seppälä provided important support for the construction of the pilot pole, for instance by providing information on the physical size and power requirements of the mobile network equipment and on development trends of 5G technology. 

A concrete example is helpful for the planning of future needs and Anu Peussa of Orbis Oy would like the developers of smart cities to visit Tampere to learn about the smart pole: "We are particularly interested in presenting the Hiedanranta pilot project to city representatives who are responsible for digitalization and data transfer." Sami Huuskonen of Tehomet Oy adds: ”The aim is to start a dialog about the benefits and challenges of integration of various technologies into urban infrastructure.”

More smart poles are already in the pipeline

Orbis and Tehomet continue the cooperation on smart poles. Both companies are involved in the construction of the next pilots in the LuxTurrim5G+ project in Espoo headed by Nokia. The aim of the project is to productize the smart pole concept into a modular product family suitable for different urban environments.  


•Tampere: Innovative Hiedanranta
•05/11/2019 Press release: The LuxTurrim5G smart city project, headed by Nokia, is expanding
•18/06/2019 Press release: Smart pole pilot project underway in Hiedanranta in Tampere
•24/10/2018 Orbis blog: What kind of 5G base station is in a light pole?

About Orbis Oy 

The Finnish family-owned company Orbis Oy has operated at the forefront of the technology since 1949. Today we develop solutions for the digital society and its next generation mobile networks and smart cities. We offer know-how on RF and fiber optic cabling technologies, which are needed to ensure reliable data communication in buildings, data centers, devices and industry as well as in smart cities and telecom operator networks. Our head office is located in Finland and we operate also in the Baltic states and Russia.  

About Tehomet Oy   

About DNA Oyj


Photo 1: The smart pole was raised into position in Hiedanranta in Tampere on 11 September, 2019.

Älypylvään nosto Hiedanrannassa

Photo 2: The smart pole ready for operation in Hiedanranta in Tampere.

Älypylväs toimintavalmiina Hiedanrannassa

Photo 3: At the base of the smart pole there is a bench for resting and a charging point for visitors in the park. Equipment relating to the smart pole technology can be housed inside the bench.

Älypylvään alaosassa on levähdyspenkki, latauspiste ja tekniikkaan liittyviä laitteita

Photo 4: At the top of the smart pole there is a CCTV camera and LED lights, while the mobile network base station equipment is located underneath a protective cover.

Älypylvään yläosassa on valvontakamera, LED-valot ja suojakuoren alla mobiiliverkon tukiaseman laitteistoa

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Nokia driven LuxTurrim5G smart city ecosystem extending


LuxTurrim5G street photo

Nokia, together with a multidisciplinary group of companies and research groups, is creating the digital backbone of the smart city and new data-based services. In the second phase of the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem projects, the recently developed 5G smart pole concept is moving towards productization and practical piloting. Another major goal is to create a platform utilizing a wide variety of data in a reliable and secured way and develop new digital services to meet real needs of cities. This includes also evaluating and piloting of a Neutral host operating model for high-speed city networks. Through a two-year, EUR 26 million, intensive co-development effort the group of 26 partners target the global smart city markets worth tens of billions euros.

The first phase of the LuxTurrim5G project, which ended in May, successfully developed the 5G smart pole concept, which integrates the 5G base station, weather and air quality sensors, video cameras, monitors electric vehicle charging unit and other active devices. The good results and the first pilots at the Nokia Campus in Espoo, Finland have attracted a lot of interest around the world and given the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem a boost for further expansion. 

A number of new companies are joining the second phase of the development and altogether 26 partners and well over a hundred experts in various fields are working closely together to develop and evaluate new solutions for e.g. 5G radio technology, data processing, materials, sensors and urban design. New service concepts and business models are being developed for transport, logistics, energy management, urban infrastructure, health and safety, and network operations.

This extensive joint development coordinated by Spinverse consists of two closely related projects: LuxTurrim5G+ focusing on the productization of the smart pole concept and extension of the 5G smart pole pilot network in Kera neighbourhood in Espoo, while the Neutral Host Pilot project focuses on data-driven business and service development, intelligent network construction and operation models.

”Both mobile operators and cities would like to have a common data platform, which does not yet exist. We now have a great opportunity to join forces and bring together smart light poles and data platform to boost the sustainable development of urban areas,” says the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem leader, Juha Salmelin from Nokia.

LuxTurrim5G network forms the digital backbone of smart city

5G technology is expected to revolutionize many fields. Smart cities are eagerly waiting for 5G networks for super-fast connectivity and huge amounts of online data enabling new services they need. Building a dense 5G network based on smart light poles brings, however, both new challenges and opportunities. New operating models are needed for smart city infrastructure planning.

”Via these new information flows we enable people’s ability to act in a smart and ecological way in an urban environment, also in its planning, designing and construction. We bring new kind of predictive information at hand concerning city functions, such as what is the status of infrastructure, what is the air quality indoor and outdoor, how to avoid traffic jams and what is the safest route to walk to school, says CEO, Jyrki Keinänen, AINS Group.

Together with AINS Group, companies like Sitowise, Caruna, Destia and the City of Espoo are involved in the planning and implementation of the novel city infrastructure. The pole development in turn is driven by Tehomet and Orbis. Modern Urban Planning tools developed by Sitowise including 3D city models and digital twins enable efficient data utilization already during the construction phase. Co-construction of electricity and telecommunications networks driven by Caruna brings cost efficiency, speed and functionality.

Mobilizing data – widely and reliably

The LuxTurrim5G smart pole network creates the digital backbone of the smart city. It provides a high-speed communications platform and creates an extensive sensor network that can collect a wide range of different data, for example, on environment, traffic, weather, energy usage. This is important to be able to build comprehensive situational awareness for the city. In addition, cities have already a large amount of own data available that could be used to develop a variety of new useful services. The aim of the project is to create a data platform capable of receiving, handling and enriching these large masses of data from various sources in a reliable and efficient manner for use cases. In this project, one area of research is the Neutral host operator model, where a "neutral" local operator would take care of building and operating the urban 5G network and providing a data platform for service providers. The rules of the data market are a key issue that will be addressed also by researchers of VTT, Aalto and University of Helsinki. The project aims not only to investigate different scenarios and business models, but also to pilot the Neutral host operating model in practice in the Kera neighbourhood in Espoo.

“Neutral Host models could allow cost-efficient building of 5G network services in cities and along transport routes. Building out 5G extensively will probably require new approaches to, for example, business models and infrastructure sharing between operators, as well as telecom and spectrum regulation enabling these new solutions. We see clear socio-economic benefits in co-operative models of building the future digital infrastructure, says Heidi Himmanen from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom's 5G Momentum ecosystem.

New digital services for the smart city

Smooth mobility, transport and logistics are one of the major everyday challenges that will make the smart city breathe in the right pace and save time and costs. The GACHA Robot Bus by Sensible 4, recently awarded as the world's best start-up for self-driving vehicles, utilizes the high-speed 5G network and contributes to the expansion of the sensor platform. Vediafi and Agora Networks, in turn, are developing together with VTT new solutions for the last mile logistics to ensure efficient supply chains in a city. Urban planning and new operating models and services related to construction is a development area being taken forward by Sitowise and A-Insinöörit. New energy solutions and services are being developed by Caruna. Driven by Vaisala, weather and air quality data are widely utilized to develop specific services for traffic management, energy management and preventive health. Link Design in turn brings service design as part of the joint work. From a city perspective, a comprehensive, up-to-date on-line situational awareness on e.g. safety, environmental, traffic and energy issues is a major new opportunity provided by the smart light pole network with its high-speed 5G connections and extensive data base gathered by the wide sensor network and Teleste's video management solutions. 

“We are delighted to continue the productive collaboration with Nokia and the research consortium to roll out dense observation networks and digital air quality mapping and forecasting to create healthy, resilient and efficient urban environments,” says Erik Sucksdorff, Head of Strategy and Business Development for Vaisala’s Weather and Environment Business Area

Smart and green Espoo – aiming for a smooth, healthy and safe everyday life

Espoo aims to be Europe's most sustainable city and carbon-neutral in the 2020s. Clean technology solutions will be developed and implemented with partners to support sustainable growth. Together with businesses, the city is at the forefront of smart urban development, climate work and the circular economy. The Kera area will undergo major changes in the 2020s.

“The new Kera is the first place on the city rail line to build the smart city of the future. There is a need for sustainable urban development that can be enabled by digital platforms. Together with our partners, we are actively developing smart and clean solutions that enable sustainable growth,” says Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo. “An intelligent city is being built in Espoo in a population and customer-oriented way. The goal is a smooth, healthy and safe everyday life”, Mayor Mäkelä continues.

The Kera area will be transformed to an urban and smart district with at least 14,000 residents and 10,000 jobs. There are already large corporate headquarters in Kera and the new change is beginning with the revival of silent and crumbling industrial halls for temporary use. Kera will be built into a pearl of sustainable urban development and an international reference point where the city, together with its partners, will create new clean and intelligent solutions that make life easier for residents. The LuxTurrim5G ecosystem plays an important role in Kera's development. The modern Kera, which will be built in the coming years, will provide a significant pilot ground for new smart city solutions, which will also pave the way for larger international projects. Espoo's role as a UN model city for sustainable development contributes to this. The first pilot phase, to be completed by the end of this year, will provide a network of 15 smart light poles covering the route from Nokia's Campus to Kera railway station supporting also the self-driving robotic bus service. Next year the plans include already first international pilots.


The LuxTurrim5G ecosystem consists of two parallel projects funded by the participating companies and Business Finland:

LuxTurrim5G +

•Nokia Bell Labs: project lead, 5G radio technology & networks
•Spinverse: project & ecosystem coordination  
•Premix: specific materials for antenna radomes 
•Teleste: city safety and information solutions 
•Vaisala: environmental & weather-related services 
•Indagon: positioning technologies & services 
•Ensto: luminaires, electric vehicle charging 
•Rumble Tools: Drones, drone docking station & services 
•Orbis: cabling, connections, integration 
•Tehomet: smart pole design & manufacturing 
•Destia: street lighting & infrastructure 
•Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT): radio technology, positioning, connectivity platform development 
•Aalto University: radio technology, thermal/energy management, design
•Tampere University: mechanics & sustainable materials development
 Contact persons: Pekka Wainio, Nokia Bell Labs & Joni Turunen, Spinverse

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•Nokia:  project lead, data platform, 5G radio technology & networks
•Spinverse: project & ecosystem coordination  
•Sitowise: Urban planning and 5G city infrastructure
•Caruna: Energy distribution network and 5G infrastructure 
•Vaisala: Air quality & environmental observation related services in a city environment 
•A-Insinöörit: Integrated city development and utilization of 5G in construction 
•Link Design & Development: Service design development 
•Vediafi: Last mile logistics services
•Agora Networks: Last mile delivery services
•Sensible 4: autonomous driving system 
•City of Espoo: Smart city and Kera area development
•Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom: support for 5G trials and development of enabling regulation
•Aalto University: Smart city business and value network modelling
•VTT: Data operator business architecture and operation models
•University of Helsinki: Legal and regulatory environment
Contact persons: Juha Salmelin, Nokia & Pekka Torvinen, Spinverse


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