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Safety and security – Resiliency in turbulent world

VTT Review 2017

Lakes and trees as seen from above

In our turbulent world, unexpected complex and cascading failures can lead to catastrophic effects. The trends behind opportunities are increasing the exposure of societies to natural and man-made threats. Ensuring the safety and security of people, government, companies and infrastructures in all conditions has strong implications on technological development, business continuity and resilience models. The safety and security of the society of tomorrow demands means and tools to detect, prevent and recover from incidents.

VTT envisages and develops technologies and systemic models for comprehensive safety and security. All systems should be flexible and self-adaptive with inherent safety and security features. Designing, developing and testing complex systems enables the secure use of the full potential of innovations in the digital society.

Solutions that counter threats enable trouble-free lives and business.


Examples of research results 2017  

​​Augmented reality increases maintenance reliability at a space station

VTT participates in the development of new AR tools for the European Space Agency (ESA). An international project
led by VTT developed a new augmented reality (AR) tool for the ESA. In the future, it is envisaged that astronauts will be able to use this tool to perform maintenance tasks and real-time equipment monitoring in the demanding conditions of space. The first practical tests carried out at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre produced excellent results. Read more about how VTT developed a new augmented reality (AR) tool for the ESA >>

​​Finland’s first 5G development environment opens to businesses

Finland’s first 5G test network 5GTN expands in Oulu. 5G development environment of VTT, the University of Oulu and the Centria Polytechnic will be used especially for vertical business use. There is already a large number of Finnish companies with whom 5G technology has been developed and will be tested in several application areas. Read more about how  the 5GTN+ project will strengthen the position of Finnish industry as a developer of new 5G technologies and applications >>

​​VTT’s autonomous cars take to public roads and start communicating with each other

Marilyn, the first automated car to be granted a road traffic testing permit in Finland, and its spouse Martti have taken things to a new level together and started exchanging information with each other and their driving environment. The automated cars developed by VTT can hear, see and sense, and Finnish intelligence hums in their brains. They are able to follow a pre-programmed route and avoid collisions with sudden obstacles without input from the driver. The cars currently require the lane markings or sides of the road to be visible. This is, however, only the first step; by 2020, the cars will be driving in more demanding conditions on roads covered in gravel and snow. Read more about the automated cars developed by VTT  >>

​​Block chain technology for ensuring the reliability of welfare applications and services

In a Government research and study programme, VTT studied the benefits of block chain technology in improving the efficiency of social and health care services. VTT proposed the promotion of a welfare ecosystem based on block chains with a concrete pilot project. In the project, reliability and welfare funds would create the foundation for placing anticipatory health care and welfare maintenance at the centre of the social and health care service system. Read more about blockchain for securing transactions >>


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