January 15, 2020
The daily brief: 15 January 2020
Sensible 4's autonomous shuttle bus GACHA on the road.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Poplatek, Poplapay, Konecranes, Vaisala and Sensible 4 make headlines.
Poplatek and Poplapay join forces with Nets Group, Konecranes wins contracts in Italy and Australia, Vaisala completes a project with the US National Weather Service, and Sensible 4 collaborates on autonomous shuttles.
Leading payments industry company Nets has acquired Finnish software firm Poplatek and its spin-off, Poplapay, to boost its payment terminal service capabilities. Nets aims to become a pan-European payments leader with the help of Poplatek’s software development and Poplapay’s payment terminal services expertise. The two Finnish firms together have approximately 40 employees and an annual revenue of around five million euros. The acquisitions were completed on 8 January.
Finnish company Konecranes has been commissioned by Turkey-based Yilport Holding to refurbish and bring back to service 23 cranes to help to create a new Mediterranean shipping hub at the Port of Taranto in Italy. Yilport was awarded the right to operate the port in southeastern Italy for 49 years by Italian authorities in 2019. Konecranes has also received an order from Australia, where it will provide two refuse cranes to Avertas Energy, the country’s first energy-from-waste facility located in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Finnish company Vaisala has successfully completed a project to automate upper-air observations in Alaska with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). As a result, NOAA has contracted Vaisala to install eight additional automated sounding systems across the US, which automatically release weather balloons that provide essential information to meteorologists.
Finnish company Sensible 4 and Japan’s SB Drive have started a new collaborative project to develop technology for autonomous shuttles. The primary objective of the co-operation is to bring autonomous shuttles to faster roads in Europe and Japan. As the first step, SB Drive’s Dispatcher self-driving fleet management system will be tested on Sensible 4’s all-weather autonomous shuttle bus, GACHA, on Finnish public roads.
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