February 3, 2017

Finnish innovations awarded in Prague

From left: professor, service architecture Jarmo Suominen, Aalto University; director of development Kristiina Erkkilä, the City of Espoo; and chief of upper secondary education Tapio Erma, the City of Espoo.
From left: professor, service architecture Jarmo Suominen, Aalto University; director of development Kristiina Erkkilä, the City of Espoo; and chief of upper secondary education Tapio Erma, the City of Espoo.
City of Espoo

The City of Espoo’s “School as a service” and home care software robot have won in their respective categories at the Quality Innovation Award competition.

First up, the “School as a service” concept, which has been developed by the City of Espoo and Aalto University, won the category of education sector.

The concept sees an upper secondary school and a university sharing facilities and other resources on campus. Pupils can complete university studies, and university students may act as teachers and tutors for the pupils.

The model has been in place since autumn 2016, and has significantly reduced facility costs.

Elsewhere, the City’s home care software robot Ropsu won the category for public services. In use since the end of 2016, the robot software helps organise tasks and automates the process of ordering agency-hired labour. Ropsu also recognises shifts that lack employees and orders the necessary agency-hired labour and arranges schedules for the house calls.

With roots in Finland, the Quality Innovation Award competition has become internationalised over the past five years, with more than 350 innovations from 11 countries participating this year.

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