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The bIoTope project is testing smart parking and charging service with BMW and Finnish start up Parking Energy at Aalto University from 3 to 6 September 2018!

The results of the testing will be demonstrated for City officials, industry representatives, media, and for others interested in the bIoTope project at a demonstration event at Aalto University on 6 September from 13.30 till 15.30 at Maarintie 8, room 4126 (4th floor), Espoo (Aalto University).

During this demo, the Finnish bIoTope partners Forum Virium Helsinki, Aalto University, Parking Energy, Control Things, and Enervent together with BMW, will show the new Smart Parking and EV Charging solution that includes electric vehicle charging solution, parking service and the car pre-conditioning use case developed through the project. The event agenda includes:

13.30 Keynote speech by Vice Mayor Anni Sinemäki

13.40 Speech by Prof Kary Främling, Aalto University

13.50 Speech by project manager Natalia Reen, Forum Virium Helsinki

14:00 Speech by Marketing Director of Parking Energy OY Markku Peräniitty

14.00 Video from the BMW tests

14.10 Showcasing the BMW i3 car, Parking Energy charging poles and Aalto University application in the yard of the university. Photo, video and interview opportunities.

15.00 Cocktails and mingling

How does the smart parking and charging system work?

"Imagine that you are driving a smart car and you want to go shopping in Helsinki. You will need to find a parking place. You probably don't want to drive in circles before finding a free parking lot. Instantly finding the nearest parking space will be made possible thanks to the ‘find parking’ solution developed through bIoTope”, tells bIoTope project leader Christoph Gareis.

“Now let's imagine that your smart electric car is becoming low on battery and you will need to find a charging station too. The solution developed by Parking Energy together with the bIoTope partners Aalto University and Forum Virium Helsinki would allow you to combine this and to find a parking lot with EV charging so you can go shopping while the car is charging."

Finland intends to raise the number of electric cars on its roads to 250 000 by the year 2030. Achieving this goal will be challenging without significant improvement of the charging infrastructure. To solve this problem, the bIoTope project, led by Aalto University, has created an IoT-based EV-charging ecosystem that is being tested by the German car manufacturer BMW and a Finnish start up Parking Energy.

For further information contact:

  • Natalia Reen, Project manager, bIoTope, Forum Virium Helsinki, Tel: +358 40 486 0424
  • Jussi Karmala, Comunications manager, Forum Virium Helsinki, Tel: +358 40 591 6744
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