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Arctic Drone Labs

Contact Data


Oulu University of Applied Sciencies (OAMK)

Year Established



Kotkantie 1, 90250, Oulu (Finland)


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Contact information

Timo Lind



Arctic Drone Labs DIH is a business alliance that provides world-class innovative solutions, technical and non-technical services to its members and partners in the field of drones and robotics and associated fields. We gather the best practices in drone and robotics-relevant research and industry domains and contribute to advance of research knowledge, stronger innovative practices, industry-driven standardisation and development of relevant vertical and horizontal markets in close collaboration with key stakeholders. The alliance opens access to research results and brings the expertise of all its members to enable ascension in the value chain, improve work efficiency and ensure new business opportunities. We contribute to common proprietary and open system platforms and open-source solutions and are involved in standardisation and dissemination activities and policymaking. By investing systematically into the cutting-edge technology innovations, with comprehensive digitalisation and following the security by design approach, we deliver the complete range of solutions from technology enablers to real-time or post-operational data analytics – seamlessly integrating them into the existing or newly-developed processes, tools, platforms and architectures. Ethical, data privacy and data protection aspects are considered as crucial in all our operations and those projects that we plan and develop. Well-established and continuously-developed collaboration with stakeholders, including government bodies and business and research circles representing different industry sectors and research domains from all around Finland, allows us to mobilise required resources in fast and efficient way.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

According to Finnish  Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: Finland is currently working and updating  Finnish part for Digitising European Industry strategy. It is estimated to be available summer 2018. Digital Finland Framework is here:  Business Finland digitalization plan is here  Drone innovation connects to several innovation areas like: mobility, 5G, smart factory, smart transport, smart ship, mixed reality, augmented intelligence, intelligent vehicles and mobility.







Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Fishing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples


Ecosystem members are developing and providing small scale "airports" and other testfields equipped with digital equipments needed in drone technologies/sensoring development. Examples are: and





1-2 times per month to members

Webpages, socialmedia and facebook. Services which are available from ecosystem members are listed in the page. Also latest drone area news and events will be available from pages.


Project preparations

Be leader in starting projects in initiation phase. Target to get several projects started where are companies and research partners working together.



Exhibition participation and connect ecosystem members to international cases

Represent members in different international exhibitions. Example cases from spring 2018 are: MWC2018 in Barcelona and Hannover Messe


Regulation development follow-up and influence

Be members voice to regulation authors direction. Finnish regulation authority Trafi is represented in ADL ecosystem.

Airborne magnetic measurement digital service


Digital Service creation example developed in ADL ecosystem network:

Radai is a specialist company focused on chemical, optical, physical and geophysical measurements, data analysis, and specialist services. Our team includes specialists in the field of geosciences and electrical engineering. The first academic prototypes of our measurement technology were available in 2011, and the company was established in 2013. We are based in Finland, and have operations in Oulu and Rovaniemi.
We have completed co-operation (UAV-MEMO project) with GTK, University of Lapland, and four mining companies operating in Finland. In this project Radai Oy is developing new innovative tools and methods for airborne magnetic measurements. First commercial pilots were launched in Summer 2015.


In December 2015 the Foundation for Research of Natural Resources in Finland granted 50000 euros to a joint venture of Radai Oy (Dr. M. Pirttijärvi) and the University of Oulu (Prof. J.Riekki & T.Leppänen) to design and to build a novel EM surveying system that utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) a.k.a. drones. The surveying system would be used to map the electrical resistivity of the soil and bedrock, and hence, it could be utilized in mineral exploration, geotechnical investigations, peat and groundwater studies, to name but a few.

The principal scientist is Dr. Markku Pirttijärvi, chief geophysicist of Radai Oy, who is responsible for the theoretical aspects of the EM system, numerical modelling of the EM responses, as well as analysis and processing of the EM data. Teemu Leppänen, doctoral candidate in electrical engineering, is responsible for embedded system logic and the design and building of the measurement devices. Arto Karinen, CTO of Radai Oy, takes part into building measurement devices also. The project started in 2016 and was granted additional 51500 euros for year 2017.

This technical note describes the basic idea of the measurement system, defines the EM response, provides design strategies for the transmitter and receiver units, shows computed examples and gives theoretical values of transmitted signal (magnetic field) and received signal (voltage) that help designing and building the measurement devices.


Development result is digital service for airborne magnetic measurement. Radai and University of Oulu are members of Arctic Drone Labs ecosystem. Also other ecosystem parties has been contributing for this example case.


Customers: Radai (

Drone GPS Air Performance Test


Digital service creation example in Arctic Drone Labs ecosystem:

Verkotan Oy (later Verkotan) is Oulu based SME test service house concentrating on performance testing of several kinds of wireless products. It develops advanced new testing methods and provides these to international customers. Together with Arctic Drone Labs ecosystem, Verkotan has recently designed new innovative test environment for performance testing drone navigation (GPS) in simulated environment. This kind of environment does not exist anywhere else.

This method offers opportunity for great savings in Field Testing costs. Testing results are analyzed and reported  faster than testing in the field is planned, scheduled or resourced.  Only one tenth of traditional testing effort is needed to find out best of total GPS performance. Verkotan’s testing method is able to find smaller differences than combining results of several traditional GPS testing. Testing method gives reliable information of movement accuracy performance including tear down data of multiple parameters.

This unique test method provides several advantages compared to traditional field testing methods, like 100% repeatable tests, Device tested in ONE hour, 5-6 devices / day, easily adjustable parameters to find out performance limits and verifies complete product (chipset + mechanics + antenna. This same testing method can be used also for testing other drone radio technologies (LTE, LTE-M, WLAN, ZigBee, BLE etc.) in different simulated field situations.

Several Arctic Drone Labs ecosystem members have given input for this method development and participated for development of method. This testing method, new digital service, will be commercially available for customers and provides savings, faster time-to-market and best performance lead to considerable increase of revenue.

Customers: Verkotan Oy and its customers, Pekka Jokitalo, R&D Manager,


Digital service to connect partners, fenix

Fenix tool, digital service has been developed to find/connect partners. Users are from SME’s and other companies, from different research organisations.

Fenix is a real-time business case management tool for find the right partners and create compelling offering. Fenix proposes a new way of collaborating and finding new business opportunities. Fenix is available in location.

Case is a organizations joint effort of a new business opportunity, research project, funding opportunity, shared infrastructures etc. Just add your organization to the case and the owner will know that you are willing to join.

Arctic Drone Labs is actively using Fenix tool and providing content in there. Same tool is also used by some other digital ecosystems from Finland.



Organize regularly seminars in different locations. For members and public. Members and invited speakers share information about Drone releated research and business


Case example: Seminar in Jyväskylä 15-12-2017

Severel SME's held presentations and networked together



Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships


Tampere University of Technology

University of Turku


Partner Type

Start-up company


Partner Type

Economic development agency

Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Partner Type


Tietoa Finland Oy

Partner Type


RPAS Finland

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Partner Type



Partner Type


Radai Oy

Partner Type


University of Oulu

Partner Type



Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Brighthouse Intelligence Oy

Partner Type



Partner Type

Start-up company


Partner Type

Economic development agency

Business Oulu

Partner Type

Economic development agency

Smart Tampere

Partner Type

Economic development agency

Arctic Robotics Oy

Partner Type

Start-up company

JAMK University of Applied Sciences

Partner Type


Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Partner Type


Centria University of Applied Scinces

Partner Type


Oy Arbonaut ltd

Partner Type


Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies
  • Other
Last updated: 16/03/18 11:16