With just shy of 140,000 inhabitants, the small town of Oulo, in northern Finland, is one of the most unsuspecting locations for implementing contactless / NFC based applications. In 2007, the city’s innovation agency, Oulo Innovation, created a six-year plan to develop Oulo as a world-class, technology savvy, innovative city, with the added benefit of making a positive impact upon community services. Since 2004, there have been over ten NFC trials in application areas including healthcare, car parking and bus ticketing. The town also won a prestigious Contactless Intelligence Monkey Award, in the public concern category, for their NFC timetabling for students, in April 2010.
The city continues to develop use of contactless / NFC technology to increase usability and efficiency in it’s services for people, whilst also increasing the small town’s reputation for successful innovation projects.