A Kalmar reachstacker transporting a container
 Kalmar’s container handling solutions are heading to international ports and rail terminals. Image: Kalmar

DAILY BRIEF: Heavy lifting, connected cars, edtech and work stress relief

All the Finnish business news that works: Kalmar, Qentinel, Qridi and VTT make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Qentinel turns its attention to the automotive cloud, Qridi signs a deal in the UAE, Kalmar brings in new orders, and a VTT-led project tackles work stress with AI. Click on the headlines for more info about each news item.

Qentinel and GFFT to test software in automotive cloud

The dashboard of a Volvo car featuring a display with Android applications

Qentinel and GFFT (Society for the Promotion of Research Transfer) are launching a consortium project to test software in the automotive cloud. The aim is to develop practice-oriented solutions to the challenges in connected driving. One focus area will be the Android Automotive operating system from Google’s parent organisation, Alphabet, which is at the forefront of connected car development and used in some premium Volvo car models, offering such applications as driverless automated parking. The emerging market in the automotive industry requires advanced software testing due to the complexity of the technology, and much of it will move to the cloud going forward. Image: Volvo

Qridi’s edtech travels to UAE

A tablet, a cup with Qridi's parrot logo and a some paper and a pen

Finnish education technology company Qridi has signed a significant deal in the United Arab Emirates (UEA) with the British School of Abu Dhabi. All the 1 500 students in the school are each year tasked with assembling a learning portfolio of useful skills and experiences they’ve gathered outside class. The so-called Diploma Portfolio has required a lot of paper work from the students and teachers, but it will now be carried out digitally with Qridi’s edtech tool. The school is part of Nord Anglia, a school chain that is growing rapidly internationally. In addition to schools, Qridi is expanding to sports as a coaching tool and business as an internal training tool. Image: Qridi

Kalmar receives new orders

A red straddle carrier lifting a container

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order for 10 eco-efficient straddle carriers from Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) for use at its ECT Delta terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. One of the largest container terminals in Europe, Hutchison Ports ECT Delta is capable of handling the latest generation of ultra-large container vessels without any restrictions. Kalmar is also continuing its long-time collaboration with Terminal and Logistics Center Vostochny (TLC Vostochny) and will supply it six new reachstackers for use at the rail intermodal terminal in Electrougly in Russia’s Moscow Oblast district. Image: Kalmar

VTT explores AI-based methods to detect work stress

An office worker clinching her nose in exasperation

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is in charge of an international project that explores the possibilities of utilising artificial intelligence to detect stress and develop new tools for supporting wellbeing at work. The goal is to usher in a transition from annual and biannual wellbeing surveys to continues wellbeing monitoring at workplaces. Read our article about the effort by clicking the headline. Image: Pexels

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