February 27, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: A new game development, flights added, renewables projects and deals won
Nokia's 5G private wireless network turns aircraft engine parts inspection virtual for Lufthansa Technik.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Koukoi Games, Finnair, Wärtsilä and Nokia make headlines.
Koukoi Games co-develops a new game for the Om Nom franchise, Finnair adds flights to Delhi and Los Angeles, Wärtsilä is involved in renewables projects in Europe, and Nokia wins deals in Germany and Qatar.
Finnish mobile game studio Koukoi Games has developed the new Om Nom: Run game together with ZeptoLab Green, a business unit of ZeptoLab UK dedicated to expanding the Om Nom franchise. Om Nom is an emotive little monster famous from ZeptoLab’s hit game Cut the Ropes and its own TV series, Om Nom Stories, which have billions of plays and views. Om Nom: Run is an endless runner type of game suitable for all ages, where Om Nom and his friend Om Nelle become superheroes and fight the evil spider in locations ranging from rooftops to robot factories.
Finnish national carrier Finnair is adding three weekly flights to Delhi, India, when the peak summer season begins at the end of June. Finnair will thus be flying to Delhi every day for the remainder of the summer, as well as next winter. The Finnish airline will also add a new weekly flight to Los Angeles, the US, from 3 July to 24 October, bringing the tally on the popular transatlantic route to four flights a week. Its other destinations in the US are New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has won its largest energy storage deal in Europe from Pivot Power, an EDF Renewables company developing a national network of grid-scale batteries and high-volume power connections to be used for electric vehicle (EV) charging across the UK. Wärtsilä will deliver the first 100 MW of energy storage and support the upcoming projects under 10-year service agreements. Wärtsilä has also completed the delivery of an island grid solution on Graciosa in the Azores, which turns the island with 4 000 inhabitants away from diesel fuel and increases the share of renewables from 15 to 65 per cent.
Finland’s Nokia has deployed a private 5G network to be used by Lufthansa Technik for a remote engine parts inspection trial. The hyperfast network enables Lufthansa Technik to bring its civil aviation clients to the engine overhaul shop floor via a high-definition video link, instead of having to oversee the inspections in Hamburg. Nokia has also agreed on a three-year extension to its deal with Ooredoo Qatar, which provides the operator with additional AI capabilities, such as contextual insights for offering targeted services to its three million customers.
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