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Back To School, In Finland At Least!

Every Autumn we have this steady news topic about how to ‘back to school’.  And guess what – it is about the type of a smart phone for a 7 year old.

Probably it is our heavy Nokia burden, that makes the Finns honestly believe that the age  of 7 years is the age to have the first if not a smart phone, but a mobile, and personal phone anyway. It is of course based for the security, communication, sociality among the peers, but the most important reason might be individuality.

Also the Finnish government’s school curriculum takes into advantage the mobility, iPads, tablets and digital learning. Unlike in France, where the mobile has been rejected at school, totally banned recently, in Finland it is often allowed to use your own phone during the classes, well, for learning of course.

Read the intro of Helsingin Sanomat about the comparison of price and technological features. (In Finnish and for subscribers only.)

Some guidelines for teachers by the vocational association of teachers in Finland. (In Finnish.)

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Remember to cover the screen – no matter minor or major!

Where’s the Night Club?

According to the research, a human territory consists only of about 25 locations at the time. The research is not taking any notice for the distances between them. The number 25 is suprisingly little considering the human being’s curiousity and capability to move around.

The study is quite exhaustive: it was made with 40 000 individuals participating to the study. They carried a GPS device which tracked their movements. People tend to visit the same places over and over again. That’s why the locals’ are so popular, people are loyal to places.

I started to wonder, what are my top 25 locations. Here you are, they are not in any order, these just occured to me.

  • home – daily
  • office – workdays
  • a shop one have to walk through in order to pick an elevator to our office – 1 – 5 times a week
  • shopping mall of my neighboroughhood – weekly
  • my mother in law’s place – weekly
  • my French lesson’s place – weekly
  • Helsinki-Vantaa airport – twice a month
  • railway station of Tampere – 1 – 5 times a month
  • Helsinki railway station – 1 – 5 times a month
  • Finlayson area in Tampere, two or three places there – once a month
  • my hairdresser’s place – once a month
  • Tampere Hall – Moomin Museum is our client and the concert hall is frequently visited – twice a month
  • nearby forest for jogging – 1- 5 times a week
  • a shop on my way back home from work – 1- 3 times a week
  • a bus stop – 1- 5 times a week
  • another bus stop – 1- 5 times a week
  • the third bus stop – 1- 5 times a week
  • the fourth bus stop – 1- 5 times a week
  • the fifth bus stop – 1- 5 times a week
  • my spouce’s workplace – 1 – 3 times a week
  • swimming hall and gym – on a monthly basis
  • another gym – on a monthly basis
  • cafe Pella’s in Tampere – on a monthly basis
  • restaurant Kattila in Tampere – once in 2018, 5 – 10 times 2017
  • my secret free car park in Tampere – 1 – 5 a week
  • market place – once a month during the summertime
  • a cellar for the home made jams – every other month
  • just to gather the 28th, the daily bike route to office, if the routes count – weekly during the summertime

The most amazing thing is, that when a new locations climbs up to the top 25 list, the older locations automatically drop off. You can easily test this on holiday or during the business trip. While staying in another city, you easily make new routines, the hotel is obviously a base camp, the nearest metro is soon located, the nicest cafe found – for a week.

Actually the time span is more and more interesting, do people have a similar way of loyalty, or are some individuals quicker to find new places?

My list has dropped off the library, and another, which I used to visit weekly if not daily, a cafe Lasipalatsi where I used to have a latte and croissant when arriving early to Helsinki, Library 10 in Helsinki, where I used to wait for the train back home, the important places for my family members and so on.

Read more on the Article on Nature Human Behavior

Maps for everyday utility – Maps for visitors – Maps for special events

Accurate maps are needed during the Finnish summer events!

The Helsinki summit confused the traffic for one day. The closed streets for hours, public transport route reductions, private cars strongly advised to leave at home.

Media gives out tips of the best places to spot the famous visitors Trump and Putin during their short stay in Helsinki.

The tourism marketing in Helsinki had a few days and a fortnight to arrange the marketing of our beautiful capital. Be prepared for the suprise suprise visitors, proximate 2000 influential extra people, most of them journalists, just for a few days’ time.

A similar kind of challenges are met in Pori, a small town by the west coast of Finland. During one week of July three big events take place: Pori Jazz festival, political event of SuomiAreena ja the Housing Fair.

Those who are the stars of the events and those who work for them have no problems in findind their ways in the new traffic circumstances. But the vistors, and inhabitants in the area. How do they manage?

Citynomadi partipates to the AVM-project of a consortium of companies (Autonomous Vehicle and Mobile Services) which is present in Pori at the Citizen Square of SuomiAreena event at the stand 72. We made a simple guide map for the superweek in Pori, just to remind of the few roles of location based data in the everyday life, but also in events. The print map, but also the pdf map is stubborn and old fashioned, or what do you think?

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The event map of Pori in July 2018, download the Nomadi app for free, available on app.citynomadi.com!

To Save Santa’s Best Friends

We have had a project in Finnish Lapland called Village Stories, in which we produced an app with several routes in six villages aroud the Eastern Lappish areas. It was launched in January this year and gives you a nice overview of the life in Lapland. Download the app and watch the videos! Also, please rate the app!

Village Stories by Citynomadi on Google Play

Village Stories by Citynomadi on App Store

The villagers will update the content for the app and therefore me and Nadja took a tour for Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, Pelkosenniemi and Sodankylä to give training for them. We rented a car in Oulu and drove 1000 kilometres in two days.

While driving in Lapland you need to be prepared for the reindeers, they tend to  conquer the road. No hurry, take you time. Sometimes they are for a serious danger for the traffic. Here comes an app called ‘Porokello‘, Reindeer alarm by the local government of Finnish Lapland.

This is a neat example of utilising location based data and crowdsourcing in real time. You have a map with recent observations and you can give out yours, if you happen to spot the reindeers. We did.

We tried to notify, but the app approves only the observations of the pros: truck, bus and taxi drivers at this point. Maybe in the future also the ones of amateur drivers, because the app is very useful for all drivers in Lapland.

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A reindeer on the road from Sodankylä to Rovaniemi. Photo from our car’s side window.. 

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Sauna after a long day on the road, in a summer hut between Kemijärvi and Pelkosenniemi.   It is so bright because the sun never goes down around Midsummer in Lapland.

by Merja July 8, 2018

Eventful, Actionful Autumn!


Our indoor positioning partner IndoorAtlas has published an article about our Moomin museum app, which guides the visitors right from the hallway to the museum attractions in two floors.

Read the whole article here!

We participated in the networking event AlihankintaHEAT, where we also created an indoor positioning map using the IndoorAtlas technology.

Read more from the ePressi article!

Geographic information magazine Positio has published a one page article about Citynomadi’s achievements, clients and products, but first of all, where are the most exiting places to visit and how to get there!

The printed version of the Positio magasine 3/2017 is already available, and the e-journal comes out soon!


Powerful speaks and interesting meetings at the Nordic Business Forum!

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There was a very imposing feeling at the Nordic Business Forum, when over 7000 people from over 40 countries gathered together to listen speaks about work culture, money structure, climate changing, motivation and courage! Among many other speakers Severn Cullis-Suzuki aka “the girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes”, Sir Richard Branson, Nick Vujicic and Will Smith nailed it!

Of course, we had bunch of new, interesting contacts and tried some new local flavors such as home crickets, prepared by Jyrki Sukula and his team.

#NordicBusinessForum2017


SchoolNomadi takes students out of the class room!

Citynomadi was running a SchoolNomadi demo in the event of the Moving School, Liikkuva koulu project in Kuopio!

The teachers are eager to learn more of the new digital means and methods!

Check out SchoolNomadi on citynomadi.com


The brand new cemetery route of Espoo!

The cemetery route of Espoo is a brand new mobile route, by which you get to know 35 interesting stories from the past: In the cemetery rest in peace several athletes, politicians and artists – people who have had their impact on the Finnish everyday life. With the stories of the mobile route, the place becomes like a living history book!

Check out the cemetery route here!

What is the most interesting story from your point of view?

#Espoo #Cemetery #Church #Mobileroute #History #App #Nomadi


Our projects in China!

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Sino-Nordic workshop, organized by Pivot5 ja Comb+ in Beijing got its climax in the roadshow, when we had the pitching day for the Chinese investors and business partners! With

#Suomihealth, #1oT, #Idifa, #Zupersoft, #Musicinfo, #Flexound, #Beibamboo #Oviko #ArcticAir #Zadaa & our translator #Zikang.

We were also glad to be part of Kasvun Roihu Oy event in Shanghai, where the most promising growth companies of Finland met interesting growth partners of Shanghai!

#Shanghai, #KasvunRoihu

Watercolor Maps

Maps can be informative, plain or something in between. Geographic data covers more than streets, seas and railways, and you can enrich the map with any information and create a so called theme map.

We’ve found a Creative Commons map based on the Open Steet Map information by Stamen Design, and it’s something else. Maps are global, they cover the whole world. It’s fashinating to watch the geography of Finland, of Tampere, our home town, from the totally new perspective. There not as up to dated as we are used with the Open Street Maps.

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The global map has been colored with a watercolor style, and it surely looks beautiful. It is still easy to understand and one can navigate through it. You can follow the routes and waterways and locate your self on it.

We’ve implemented the maps on Nomadi app, and they are an option for any of our route creators. Just contact us! There is always one default map for a route, but usually one is able to switch the map  by clicking the icon in the south-east corner of Nomadi app!

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As an example you can have a look at the Mobile game for Helsinki Design Week in Helsinki and the top attractions in Venice. Notice our spotty on Tampere in the far horizon of the Helsinki map! It here I am writing this blog at the moment.

Download Nomadi app on app.citynomadi.com and admire the new outlook of maps, watercolored maps.