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DAILY BRIEF: Troll factories, solar power, medical technology, customer experience and art

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Yle, Savosolar, Optomed, Nexstim, HappyOrNot and HAM make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Savosolar partners in Germany, Optomed and Nexstim supply medical technology in southern Africa and Europe, HappyOrNot provides Smiley customer feedback to XXL, Yle News Lab‘s Troll Factory is awarded, and HAM launches an exhibition in Japan. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Savosolar and Citrinsolar start co-operation in Germany

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Finnish solar thermal technology company Savosolar and Citrinsolar have entered into a co-operation agreement on sales, marketing and project deliveries in the German market. The two partners will collaborate on the sales and delivery of large thermal installations, while Citrinsolar will take care of small-to-medium-scale solar heating plants in the district heating and industrial sector, using Savosolar collector technology as the core of its offering. Image: Savosolar

Optomed takes part in health research project in Eswatini

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Finnish medical technology company Optomed has partnered with Good Shephard Hospital Eye Clinic (GSHEC) and Diabetes Eswatini, on a research project aimed at improving diabetic quality care by strengthening eye and foot screening in Eswatini, Africa. Optomed will provide handheld fundus cameras, an AI solution, as well as training and technical support for the project. The initiative is also supported by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). Image: Optomed

Nexstim receives three NBS system orders in Europe

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Nexstim has received three orders for its navigated brain stimulation (NBS) system in Europe in October. One of the orders is from a hospital that will start to use the system for the first time. The two other orders are from hospitals looking to upgrade their existing Nexstim NBS systems with ones that come with the latest SmartFocus nTMS features. The systems are mainly used for neurosurgical diagnostics, which can reveal crucial information when deciding the best treatment option and planning for surgery. Image: Nexstim

HappyOrNot helps XXL track customer feedback

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Norwegian sports goods retailer XXL has rolled out Finnish company HappyOrNot’s Smiley customer feedback terminals in its 63 stores in Sweden and Norway. In addition, XXL will utilise HappyOrNot’s newly bolstered suite of Smiley Digital products to measure customer experience across 20 different points within its online services. HappyOrNot’s terminals are estimated to provide XXL with over three million impressions per year, which would be a 95-per-cent increase in feedback collected from anonymous shoppers. Image: HappyOrNot

Yle’s Troll Factory wins global digital media award

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Yle News Lab’s Troll Factory game has won at the 2020 World Digital Media Awards organised by the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Troll Factory was awarded as the Best Digital Project to Engage Younger and/or Millennial Audiences. The game shows first-hand how information can be manipulated online with fake news, emotive content and bot armies, as the player assumes the role of a new employee at a troll factory. Image: Yle News Lab

HAM sends Finnish art and design on tour of Japan

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Finnish Design for Everyday Life – Patterns and Forms Inspired by Nature, an exhibition curated and produced by Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), has embarked on a four-museum, two-year tour of Japan. The exhibition dives into the evolution of modernism in Finnish art and design through roughly 300 works from 40 artists and designers, including iconic names such as Alvar Aalto, Eva Anttila and Timo Sarpaneva. Find out more in our article by clicking the headline. Image: Tsutomu Miura / Tottori Prefectural Museum


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