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Arctic Development Environments Cluster Arktiset kehittämisympäristöt -klusteri

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Coordinator (University)

Lapland University of Applied Sciences

Coordinator website

Year Established



Tietokatu 1, 94600, Kemi (Finland)


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Contact information

Raimo Pyyny
+358 40 555 8065



The Arctic Development Environments cluster provides businesses in Finnish Lapland a one-stop-shop access point to the digital technology expertise and services of its member organisations: universities and research organisations in the region. The cluster supports businesses by helping to improve their processes, products and services by means of digitalisation. The cluster is coordinated by the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, based in Kemi-Tornio and Rovaniemi, and its operations are not-for-profit, with a pricing model based on actual costs. Most of the cluster partner organisations are publicly funded and the revenue is allocated back to the units that have operational costs from providing the service. In addition, the cluster offers businesses services related to R&D funding (access to finance).

The cluster offers companies support at different stages of the product development cycle. The cluster's services include: contract research; test-before-invest; product development; prototyping; business development; access to technological platforms and innovation spaces; funding mapping and matching; and training.

The cluster includes 50 modern infra, environments and laboratories (TEFs) and more than 750 experts and specialists, spanning almost the whole of Lapland. The cluster is also in the process of developing inter-regional collaboration to widen the spectrum of digitalisation services available through the cluster.

The digitalisation services of the cluster can be accessed on the service portal. The service themes are listed at These themes include e.g. product testing and analysis, IoT, VR/AR, Cloud services and Big data. The services span the whole TRL scale, with a novel test-before-invest service portfolio.

The portal also provides businesses with tools to e.g. evaluate their level of enterprise digitalisation:

The cluster's service model:

  1. The company contacts the cluster.
  2. The cluster produces a requirement specification based on the company's need.
  3. The business receives a tender specifying the pricing and schedule of the service.
  4. If the tender is accepted, a service contract is drawn between the company and the cluster. The pricing is based on the actual costs of the service.
  5. A group of experts is selected and their work is coordinated by the cluster.
  6. The cluster assists the company with identifying and applying for suitable R&D funding.
  7. The cluster submits the results to the company.

The service model has been developed through piloting with SMEs. The cluster’s services are further being developed according to customer needs and feedback. The ultimate goal is to support businesses in developing new products and business models and to launch them with the help of high-quality research.

Further resources for the region’s development will be acquired through international cooperation. Networking with other Digital Innovation Hubs enables cooperation and planning of new project initiatives and consortia.

Arktiset kehitysympäristöt -klusteri tarjoaa Lapin yrityksille yhden luukun yhteyspisteen jäsenorganisaatioidensa – alueen yliopistojen ja tutkimusorganisaatioiden – digitaalisen teknologian osaamiseen ja palveluihin. Klusteri tukee yrityksiä parantamaan prosessejaan, tuotteita ja palveluja digitalisaation avulla. Klusteria koordinoi Lapin ammattikorkeakoulu. Klusterin toiminta on voittoa tavoittelematonta, ja hinnoittelumalli perustuu todellisiin kustannuksiin. Suurin osa klusterikumppaniorganisaatioista on julkisesti rahoitettuja, ja tulot kohdistetaan takaisin yksiköille, joilla on toiminnasta aiheutuvia kustannuksia. Lisäksi klusteri tarjoaa yrityksille TKI-rahoitusneuvontapalveluita.

Klusteri tukee yrityksiä tuotekehityksen eri vaiheissa. Klusterin palveluihin kuuluvat: sopimustutkimus; test-before-invest; tuotekehitys; prototyyppien valmistus; liiketoiminnan kehitys; pääsy teknologia-alustoille ja innovaatiotiloihin; rahoituksen kartoitus ja haun tukeminen; koulutus.

Klusteriin kuuluu 50 modernia infraa, kehittämisympäristöä ja laboratoriota (TEF) sekä yli 750 asiantuntijaa, jotka kattavat melkein koko Lapin. Klusteri kehittää myös alueiden välistä yhteistyötä klusterin kautta saatavien digitalisaatiopalvelujen kirjon laajentamiseksi.

Klusterin digitalisaatiopalvelut ovat käytettävissä kautta. Palveluteemat on lueteltu osoitteessa Näitä teemoja ovat mm. tuotetestaus ja -analyysi, esineiden internet, VR / AR, pilvipalvelut ja big data. Palvelut kattavat koko TRL-asteikon sekä test-before-invest-palveluportfolion.

Portaali tarjoaa yrityksille myös työkaluja mm. yrityksen digitalisaation tason arvioimiseen:

Klusterin palvelumalli:

  1. Yritys ottaa yhteyttä klusteriin.
  2. Klusteri tuottaa vaatimusmäärittelyn yrityksen tarpeiden perusteella.
  3. Yritys saa tarjouksen, jossa täsmennetään palvelun hinta ja aikataulu.
  4. Jos tarjous hyväksytään, yrityksen ja klusterin välillä tehdään palvelusopimus. Hinnoittelu perustuu palvelun todellisiin kustannuksiin.
  5. Klusteri kokoaa asiantuntijaryhmän ja koordinoi heidän työtään.
  6. Klusteri auttaa yritystä tunnistamaan ja hakemaan sopivaa TKI-rahoitusta.
  7. Klusteri toimittaa palvelun tuloksen yritykselle.

Palvelumalli on kehitetty pilotoimalla pk-yritysten kanssa. Klusterin palveluja kehitetään edelleen asiakkaiden tarpeiden ja palautteen mukaan. Lopullinen tavoite on tukea yrityksiä uusien tuotteiden ja liiketoimintamallien kehittämisessä laadukkaan tutkimuksen avulla.

Lisäresursseja alueen kehittämiseen hankitaan kansallisen ja kansainvälisen yhteistyön avulla. Verkostoituminen muiden digitaalisten innovaatiokeskusten kanssa mahdollistaa yhteistyön ja uusien hankealoitteiden ja konsortioiden suunnittelun.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

1. Regional

Arctic Smartness, Cooperation for Smart Specialisation in Lapland

2. National

Finnish national policy initiative on digitising industry; Finnish Higher Education Institutes’ Digivision 2030

3. European

EDIH, European Digital Innovation Hubs initiative for Northern Finland

Market and Services


  • Agriculture and food
  • Maritime and fishery
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Energy and utilities
  • Construction
  • Tourism (incl. restaurants and hospitality)
  • Transport and logistics
  • Education
  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Community, social and personal service activities
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Other Manufacturing

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
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Dropstick - Temperature measurement for safer roads

Client profile: The idea for the prototype came from Kuntotekniikka, a company that provides street network condition management services.

Client needs: The entrepreneur was interested in collecting real time data from the surface and different layers of the road, to better forecast slippery driving conditions. Current weather forecasts don’t assess directly the conditions on the surface of the road, and the measuring stations are too few and far in between on more remote areas.

Provided solution: The Dropstick IoT device collects temperature information from the road structure and transmits the data via low-power LoRa radio connection to the cloud environment. Temperature data is collected from the asphalt layer of the road structure, and based on the measured temperature data, weather forecasts are made for predictive road maintenance.

More details:

VR demo for a mining company

Client profile: Comadev (Industry, mining industry: Drilling machinery for mines,

Client needs: Comadev developed special drilling machine specifically for narrow spaces in underground mines. The company needed a solution to visualize precisely the versatility and operations of the drilling machine in the actual environment.

Provided solution: FrostBit Software Lab created a VR experience that can be used by the company to show case the Geopard drilling machine. In the VR experience, the user can operate the drilling machine and try out different functionalities that represent the real-life operations. The solution enabled a safe demo which could be experienced anywhere without the need to go to the mines.

More details:

Charging Station for electric snowmobiles

Client profile: The idea came from the electric snowmobile producer and safari organizer Aurora Powertrains.

Client needs: The company was looking for a practical way to provide charging for electric snowmobiles especially during their emission free snowmobile safari tours.

Provided solution: A prototype for a northern lights themed and illuminated charging station was designed and tested in winter conditions and then produced in bigger quantities to accommodate larger fleets of snow mobiles.

More details:

Kalasydän – Fish recognition system

Kalasydän – Fish recognition system

Client profile: The idea for the prototype came from Rovaniemi based company Kalasydän Oy.

Client needs: The entrepreneur wanted to create a solution for a fish recognition system for the Kalasydän process (fishway hydraulic solution for migratory fish).

Provided solution: The goal for the prototype was to help the system to be more automatized and therefore save energy as the process would only start when there is a fish waiting to be lifted. While the fish swims into the Kalasydän system, data is collected by photographing the fish. The data is then sent for analysis and the process to lift the fish safely over the dam.

More details:

Solarkit – Power plant on the go

Client profile: SolarVoima, a company that specialises in solar panel systems.

Client needs: The entrepreneur wanted to create a solution for a compact learning kit that teaches the basics of solar power and works as an entry level product for consumers interested in personal green energy production. The entrepreneur needed help with the design, usability and functionality of the system.

Provided solution: Solarkit is a mobile solar power plant and works as an entry-level prototype to learn about solar power. Solarkit is designed to be unfolded from a briefcase to work as a stand. Every item on the kit is placed carefully for easy usability. Heavy battery is located on the bottom for a low centre of gravity to achieve good balance while the kit is in stand mode.

More details:

VR environment for playground and sports equipment manufacturer

Client profile: Lappset Group Ltd. (Industry: Playground and sports equipment manufacturer,

Client needs: The company sought creative and innovative ways to showcase their new product. In this case, they needed a creative solution that would enable the sales and marketing team to show a demo of their newest playground to potential clients.

Provided solution: FrostBit Software Lab utilized VR technology to create an immersive virtual experience where the user can interact with the playground in real-time. Through VR glasses, the user could climb in the playground and slide through the tube in the same way as in reality. In addition, the playground was situated between large buildings, illustrating how it would blend in a big city. The solution provided the client will a creative and immersive way of marketing and sales for their new product.


Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • SMEs (<250 employees)


University of Lapland

Partner Type



Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Regional Council of Lapland

Partner Type

Regional government


Arctic Design Cluster

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Arctic Smart Industry and Circular Economy Cluster

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Arctic Smart Rural Community Cluster

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Arctic Safety Cluster

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Smart and Sustainable Arctic Tourism Cluster

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization



  • Organic and large area electronics
  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services
  • New media technologies
Last updated: 24/02/21 07:19