The Smart Transport Corridor between Helsinki and St. Petersburg will bring
new services for passengers, car drivers and public transport. Development of
the VEDIA Multi-Service concept, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of
Finland and Vediafi Ltd, brings together newly opened mobile services that
will result in smoother passenger traffic across the Finnish–Russian border.
The services will also enhance passenger experience and traffic safety.
The VEDIA Multi-Service is a key element of the Finnish–Russian intelligent
transport spearhead project, the Helsinki–St. Petersburg Smart Transport
Corridor (STC). The project will create new intelligent transport services for
passenger traffic crossing the Finnish–Russian border, in collaboration
involving authorities, research institutes and enterprises.
The services opened in the first phase will be available to road and railway
transport users, but will later also cover travel chains using other forms of
First to be introduced will be automatic services for road weather and driving
conditions, an automatic system issuing bulletins and warnings on traffic
disruption, a real-time traffic and congestion information service, and a
public transport information service.
For those travelling by train, the VEDIA services will become available in the
fast Allegro trains travelling between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The
services will be implemented on the Finnish National Railway Company VR Group
Ltd on-board wireless Internet, and are available to all train passengers via
smart phones and mobile devices. VEDIA train services provide passengers with
additional information on journey progress, train station bulletins, news
headlines, weather information, and connecting traffic data at the
destination. The VEDIA services will be produced on board the train, and are
therefore unaffected by poor reception, particularly in the border zone. Key
problems for border crossers have been identified, including roaming charges
and reliability of operation, poor accessibility of weather and driving
condition information throughout the journey, and poor usability and
availability of services in various languages. These issues arose in the
survey conducted among border crossers, particularly Russians, by Kymenlaakso
University of Applied Sciences.
In the VEDIA Multi-Service, the problems associated with roaming will be
reduced by making the Internet connection and VEDIA services available free of
charge on board Allegro trains and at the Vaalimaa border crossing station.
The Russian Yandex-Money payment solution will enable unlimited data use with
the Finnish teleoperator DNA Ltd’s prepaid subscription SIM cards on VEDIA’s
SIM card (Subscriber Indentity Module) top-up service. There are also plans
for developing a similar service for those travelling to Russia.
The solution to be piloted in the project is based on open data exchange in
which cooperation is being built between the authorities and enterprises in
both countries. This will allow traffic and road condition information to be
made available to consumers, for example, via Rajaliikenne.fi, which is the
inform ation service for road users, and VEDIA applications. Other additions
to the VEDIA Multi-Service will include an online translation service and
public transport information that will introduce connecting traffic as part of
the application. In addition to this, VEDIA’s mobile SMS payment system can be
used, for example, to pay for single tickets in rail traffic within Helsinki.
A service consortium, FOR VEDIA, has been established to implement the
services, including about a dozen companies both in Finland and Russia. The
implementing consortium will be managed by Vediafi
Ltd. New services will also be introduced at the ITS (Intelligent Transport
Systems) Europe 2014 conference, to be held in Helsinki in June.
The multi-service platform functions in all mobile devices
“Our VEDIA Multi-Service is based on a device-independent HTML5-based user
interface that functions in all mobile devices. The VEDIA Multi-Service
incorporates our consortium’s long experience of various service trials and
development of cooperation with Russia, in collaboration with VTT in
particular, which will create excellent conditions for a growing service
provision in Finland and on the export market,” says Lauri Lankinen,
CEO of Vediafi Ltd.
“It is important that services are being developed in collaboration with the
public sector, enterprises and research institutes. This will guarantee a
comprehensive range of services for those on the move, and also ensure their
compatibility and continuity and the development of new innovative services in
the future,” says Karri Rantasila, Key Account Manager from VTT.
The project will be implemented in cooperation between public and private
organisations in Finland and Russia. In Finland, the responsible party is the
Ministry of Transport and Communications. Other parties also closely involved
in service implementation include the Finnish Transport Agency and the Finnish
Transport Safety Agency Trafi.
The VEDIA Multi-Service is available through the link: http://www.vedia.fi
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Vediafi develops and provides the VEDIA Multi-Service associated, for
example, with the travel chain of people crossing the eastern border, by
integrating devices and services of third parties. The company office is
located in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki.