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 Ikune Labs’ mobile game Unus Terra won the EIT Digital DATA against Covid-19 online DeepHack earlier this month. Image: EIT Digital

DAILY BRIEF: Hacking COVID-19, smart facilities, software robots, mining and space pics

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Ikune Labs, QPR Software, Finnish mining, Robocorp, Haltian, Fortum and Advian make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Ikune Labs wins a COVID-19 DeepHack contest, QPR Software lands a big deal in the Middle East, Sienna Resources acquires a battery metals project in Finland, Robocorp raises coin, Haltian partners with ISS globally, and Fortum and Advian innovate with satellite imagery. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

QPR Software lands major deal in Middle East

Finnish company QPR Software has received a letter of award from a large central government organisation in the Middle East for its successful bid to deliver a strategy management solution. The client will use the solution for strategy and performance management automation. Worth approximately 1.3 million euros, the agreement consists of software licences, software maintenance and implementation services. The two parties need to finalise the deal in the coming months. Image: Unsplash

Sienna Resources acquires battery metals project in Finland

Canadian mining company Sienna Resources has acquired a battery metals project comprising two exploration reservation properties next to EMX Royal Corporation’s Kaukua platinum group elements royalty property in Kuusamo, Finland. The highly prospective project hosts similar styles of mineralisation as the Kaukua property. Both properties also show Ni-Cu-Co-PGE enriched sulphide horizons near the base of a mafic intrusive complex. Sienna and EMX have worked together to advance the Slättberg Ni-Cu-Co-PGE project in southern Sweden and are now extending the collaboration to Finland. Image: Sienna Resources

Robocorp raises USD 5.4 million

Finnish startup Robocorp has raised 5.4 million US dollars (approx. 5 million euros) in a funding round from existing investors Benchmark, Slow Ventures and firstminute Capital. The startup has launched early access to its new suite of tools for software robot developers and will use the funding to grow its team and prepare for the summer launch of the open-source Robocorp Suite. The suite consists of a developer studio, learning materials and a cloud-native platform. Image: Business Finland

Haltian partners with ISS to build smart facilities

Finnish company Haltian has started a global partnership with leading facility services company ISS to build smarter, more user friendly and efficient facilities. Haltian is already the main Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider for ISS Finland. IoT technologies are increasingly being implemented into facilities to create more automated lighting, climate control and other building systems. Image: Haltian

Ikune Labs’ Unus Terra game wins COVID-19 DeepHack

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Finnish creative software studio Ikune Labs’ mobile game Unus Terra won the EIT Digital DATA against COVID-19 DeepHack held online earlier this month. Chosen as the winner from a pool of 145 international projects, the game is designed to stimulate behavioural changes in the real world during the coronavirus outbreak to especially remind young people of the importance of social distancing. The players prevent viral outbreaks not just by killing viruses, but also by practising social distancing as part of a captivating storyline in a real-time environment. Ikune Labs hopes to bring Unus Terra to market in the autumn. Image: YouTube

Finnish duo innovate with satellite data in district heating

Finnish companies Fortum and Advian are carrying out a pilot project that harnesses satellite imagery to detect leaks in district heating networks. Read the full story in our breaking news article by clicking the headline. Image: Unsplash

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