October 13, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Helsinki hotel, elevators, contactless payment, mobile learning and digital forest twin

An illustration of the Citybox hotel in a pointy building with large windows.
Citybox will open a new hotel in Helsinki's Hakaniemi neighbourhood in 2023.
Ylva / Arkkitehdit C&J

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Ylva, KONE, TietoEVRY, Funzi and VTT make headlines.

KONE supplies escalators and elevators in Bangkok, TietoEVRY partners on biocentric payments, Funzi offers courses on UK Learns, Ylva is bringing a Citybox hotel to Helsinki, and VTT creates a digital forest twin for the European Space Agency.

KONE to equip Bangkok metro’s new Orange Line

Bangkok city with skyscrapers, lake and parks.

KONE will deliver elevators and escalators for the MRT Orange Line project in the Bangkok metro in Thailand. The line will be 39.8 kilometres in length and run through 28 stations between Taling Chang and Min Buri. KONE will equip three of the stations, as well as three intervention shafts, with a total of 17 elevators and 55 escalators. Bangkok’s metro network is currently being expanded from five to 10 lines.

KONE

TietoEVRY and Zwipe team up on biometric payments

A credit card with biometric payment held against a card machine.

Finnish IT software and service company TietoEVRY and biometric financial technology firm Zwipe have agreed to roll out biometric payment solutions based on the Swipe Pay ONE platform. As demand is increasing for more secure and hygienic payment methods, TietoEVRY has decided to embrace biometric payments and help to develop the next generation of contactless payment. As part of the commercial agreement, Zwipe will provide TietoEVRY with technical support for biometric payment card integration, enrolment solutions and complete end-to-end advisory. TietoEVRY will source its Zwipe Pay ONE-based cards through its network of card manufacturers, as well as bring to the table its considerable network of banks in the Nordics, Baltics and beyond.

TietoEVRY

Funzi partners with Pearson to offer courses on UK Learns

A smartphone and screenshots of Funzi's learning content.

Finnish mobile learning company Funzi has partnered with British education company Pearson to offer its courses on UK Learns, an online platform that helps the UK workforce to develop new skills and earn qualifications for better job prospects. UK-based people can now access the courses on the platform on their mobile phones. The free and low-cost courses cover career building, communication and life skills, with titles such as Get that job, Founder 101, Brilliant negotiations, Influence! and Increase your self confidence.

Funzi

Ylva brings Citybox hotel to Helsinki

An illustration of a busy promenade surrounded by offices and a hotel.

Ylva and Norwey-based hotel chain Citybox are opening the first Citybox hotel in Finland, in a brand-new building project in Hakaniemi, Helsinki. The 178-room hotel is set to open in 2023 and be located in one of the most sustainable hotel buildings in the country. Consisting of an office block, an apartment building and a hotel, the Lyyra building complex will introduce numerous services in the area, including restaurants and cafés along a pedestrian street lined with outdoor seating. Owned by the Students Union of the University of Helsinki, Ylva owns top real estate in Helsinki.

Ylva/ Arkkitehdit C&J

VTT creating digital forest twin for European Space Agency

A forest by a waterfront.

A VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland-led consortium has been selected to develop the precursor of a digital forest twin for the European Space Agency (ESA). Find out more in our article by clicking the headline.

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