HOPE project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through  the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative


Urban Innovative Action HOPE – Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone


Challenge addressed

The air quality monitoring network in Helsinki region provides accurate air quality data from the locations of fixed monitoring stations but the network consists currently of only a few monitoring locations. HOPE project aims to produce more comprehensive air quality monitoring network that gives citizens air quality information on places where they live and they travel in the city. The HOPE sensor data will be used by FMI ENFUSER modelling to improve the accuracy of the air quality map of the area.

The main purpose of HOPE project is to empower and mobilize the citizens in their own districts. Project focuses on three different districts with varying air quality challenges. Main area is the Jätkäsaari district with heavy port related traffic. Comparative measurements will be conducted around Mäkelänkatu street in Vallila, an urban street canyon with almost 30 000 vehicles daily and in suburban Pakila area which is affected by two main roads, including Ring I with about 100 000 vehicles daily, as well as domestic wood burning.

Change that we want to achieve is that the citizens will find air quality issues easily relatable and understandable. Ultimately, with better understanding of the air quality issues in their own environment, the citizen will be able to make better and healthier choices in their daily lives.

Solution proposed

Our solution creates a feedback loop between high-resolution hyperlocal air quality monitoring and actions of individuals and communities through co-design and participatory budgeting.With better understanding of air quality issues and with the help of personalized air quality data, we empower residents to be active owners of their local air quality.

We offer information of the levels of exposure to air pollutants that people are subjected to in their daily lives. This is achieved through comprehensive air quality sensoring network and the new air quality index AQI2.0.


City of Helsinki:

The Economic Development division is responsible for economic-policy development, the City’s investment and business promotion, business information, and tourism and convention marketing. City of Helsinki is the main urban authority in UIA HOPE project. UIA HOPE project is coordinated under Innovation and New Experiments unit.


Project Manager Jussi Kulonpalo, jussi.kulonpalo@hel.fi, +358 40 569 2561

Project Expert Jukka Limo, jukka.limo@hel.fi, +358 40 4843827   

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University of Helsinki:

University of Helsinki has over 30-year long track-record on operating a network of atmospheric observation stations providing comprehensive air quality observations. The University of Helsinki Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research (INAR), Department of Computer Science and Department of Geosciences and Geography contribute to air quality monitoring and data analysis, providing more informative air quality information to citizens, artificial intelligence, 5G networking and data visualization in the UIA HOPE project.


Professor of Atmospheric and Earth System Sciences Tuukka Petäjä, tuukka.petaja@helsinki.fi, +358 50 415 5278

Project Coordinator Krista Luoma, krista.q.luoma@helsinki.fi, +358 50 535 9173

MegaSense, Project Manager Maria Linkoaho-Nordling, maria.linkoaho-nordling@helsinki.fi, +358 50 415 1093


Megasense: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/sensing-and-analytics-of-air-quality
SMEAR: https://www.atm.helsinki.fi/SMEAR/
INAR: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/inar-institute-for-atmospheric-and-earth-system-research
Department of Computer Science: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/computer-science
Department of Geosciences and Geography: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-science/faculty/geosciences-and-geography


Vaisala provides the latest technology for air quality monitoring, as well as measuring atmospheric weather conditions relevant to monitoring, estimating, and forecasting air quality. Vaisala’s air quality sensor technology is utilized in UIA HOPE project.


Business Development Manager Mikko Laakso, mikko.laakso@vaisala.com, +358 40 561 5700

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Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY is a municipal body, which produces waste management and water services, as well as providing information on the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and environment. HSY is in responsible of air quality monitoring and information in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.


Expert in Air Quality Jarkko Niemi, jarkko.niemi@hsy.fi, +358 50 352 0593
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Finnish Meteorological Institute:

The mission of the Finnish Meteorological Institute is to produce high-quality observation and research data on the atmosphere and seas. The Institute combines this expertise into the services it provides to promote public safety as well as increase well-being in the society and the environment, taking into account the needs to maintain preparedness. In UIA HOPE project, FMI is involved in analyzing and measuring air quality data as well as developing AI air quality technology.


Project Manager Ari Karppinen, ari.karppinen@fmi.fi, +358 29 539 5453

ENFUSER: https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/environmental-information-fusion-service
SILAM: http://silam.fmi.fi/
Air Quality now:  More information


Useless Company is a Finnish impact start-up that will encourage people to consume less and invest the money they save in a sustainable way. We are creating an easy and fun way for people to use less money and have a positive impact on the climate by consuming less. For HOPE, we develop a platform and model, which encourages individuals to make actions that improve air quality, shows their impact in the environment, and enables participating in local air quality efforts.


CEO Maija Leino, maija.leino@useless.fi, +358 44 216 1611

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Forum Virium Helsinki is the City of Helsinki innovation company. It co-creates urban futures with companies, universities, other public sector organizations and Helsinki residents. Forum Virium Helsinki’s mission is to make Helsinki the most functional smart city in the world. FVH is in responsible of recruiting residents and implementing innovative solutions in target areas through test beds.


Prroject Manager, Ville Nousiainen, ville.nousiainen@forumvirium.fi, +358 40 646 4442
Project Coordinator, Noora Reittu, noora.reittu@forumvirium.fi, +358 40 848 1343

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Ilmanlaatujoukot: https://forumvirium.fi/ilmanlaadulla-on-merkitysta/