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 Singapore and Helsinki start smart city collaboration. Image: Unsplash

DAILY BRIEF: Smart cities, software, acquisitions, shipbuilding and healthtech

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Helsinki Business Hub, QPR Software, Checkout Finland, Ultracom, Pemamek and health tech make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


QPR Software delivers process mining software, Checkout Finland and Ultracom are acquired, Helsinki and Singapore collaborate on smart city solutions, Pemamek supplies a welding robot in the US, and GNF takes a look at Finnish health technology. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

QPR Software wins order from telecom firm

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QPR Software has won an order for its process mining software from one of the largest telecommunications operators in Europe. The client plans to use the software, QPR ProcessAnalyzer, to find inefficiencies and areas of improvement in service provisioning processes and services provided by other collaborating operators. The tool brings the required transparency to allow the client to optimise its services and increase customer satisfaction. Image: Unsplash

Checkout Finland joins Nets Group

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Finnish e-commerce firm Checkout Finland has been acquired by Paytrail, the Finnish subsidiary of Nets Group. A part of OP Financial Group, Checkout Finland provides payment services online and to physical shops, as well as operates a mobile payments channel. The company has around 8 000 customers and expects its revenue to close at 12 million euros for 2020. The acquisition is part of a larger consolidation trend of financial technology firms in Europe. Image: Unsplash

Helsinki and Singapore link smart city efforts

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Helsinki Business Hub (HBH) has started an initiative to connect Finnish companies with industry partners in Singapore to co-develop and pilot smart city solutions. HBH will be partnering with the state-backed Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab, which brings together pioneers in the smart cities space to co-create and test innovations at CapitaLand’s Singapore Science Park. The latest in a string of initiatives by HBH to promote trade and co-operation between Singapore and Finland, the collaboration will serve as another gateaway for Finnish companies to enter Asia and vice versa. Image: Unsplash

Ultracom acquired by Open Air Group

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Open Air Group (OAG) has completed the acquisition of Ultracom, a Finnish developer and supplier of dog tracking software and equipment with extensive knowhow in wireless data transmission. Ultracom Group’s net sales were around 5.5 million euros in 2020. Ultracom will now join forces with Tracker, a part of OAG, to create a strong Nordic platform for digital hunting experiences and tracking solutions. Tracker’s mobile positioning systems for hunters have more than 100 000 active users the Nordic region. Image: Ultracom

Pemamek delivers welding robot to US shipyard

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Finnish provider of welding and production automation solutions Pemamek has delivered a new welding robot station to the LaShip shipyard in Louisiana, belonging to Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The PEMA VRWP-C robot station is a compact solution used to automatise micro-panel welding and other small-to-medium-sized constructions. Pemamek has a long-standing relationship with ECO, having delivered shipbuilding automation solutions to a number of its shipyards. Image: LaShip

FIVE FROM FINLAND: Health technologies

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In our weekly Five From Finland segment, we turn our attention to health technologies this time around. Finnish companies and hospitals are innovating across the spectrum, including in medical tourism, hospital efficiency, pharmacy automation, medical devices, genetics research and preventive care. Check out the latest health innovations coming out of the country by clicking the headline. Image: NewIcon

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