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VTT Review 2017

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Everyday life is being affected by major global changes. Growing health care costs together with aging populations require a paradigm shift for the prevention of non-communicable diseases and a new kind of participatory health care system. The disruption of work, that is, robotisation outside of factories is making many current jobs obsolete.

The overload of the human-technology relationship, manifesting itself clearly in the gadgets we use in our work and free time, is increasing stress when it should make life easier. Urbanisation and strained infrastructures create pressures on the design of our living environment.

Finland has the ability to answer these challenges thanks to its well-educated population, high level of trust in society and large number of growth-oriented companies. VTT develops new technology, service concepts and business models for the benefit of the individual in the society of the future.


Examples of research results 2017 

​​Finnish mobile device for detecting arrhythmia soon available for consumers

The VTT spin-off, VitalSignum, is making a small mobile device – which detects rrhythmia by measuring the patient’s CG – available to consumers. Read more about VitalSignum's Beat2Phone device for detecting arrhytmia >>

​​Artificial intelligence reveals cardiac patients’ risk of complications

Artificial intelligence can detect the risks posed to cardiac patients and prevent complications caused by heart disease at an early stage. The application improves patient safety, while creating savings in growing healthcare expenditure. Read more about how patients at risk can be identified more easily than before with AI >>


​​New measuring improves indoor air quality while cutting energy cost by up to 50%

A healthy, comfortable and productivity-enhancing indoor climate can only be created by making sure ventilation accurately responds to the needs of the people occupying the space. Current ventilation systems, based simply on estimated average occupancy, are not capable of adapting to changes in the use of indoor spaces. For example, the air in a conference room or a classroom quickly becomes stale if more than the predetermined number of people are present – or the ventilation may work at full speed even if the room is empty, wasting energy and money. Read more about how to achieve a high level of both indoor air quality and energy efficiency >>

​​VTT’s roadmap guides Finland into the ranks of AI winners – this is how our country will thrive

Now is the time to take stock of the situation and determine the areas in which Finland is strong and Finnish companies and society have the best opportunities for utilising the AI revolution. We must also prepare for social effects at the workplace and in the distribution of income. In its report, VTT presents a selection of proposed measures for guiding our land safely through the digital revolution and lifting us into the ranks of the winners. Read more about the ministry of economic affairs and employment's artificial intelligence programme >>


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