Intelligent transport system means the application of
information and communications technology to improve traffic flow,
enhance safety and make it more environmentally friendly.
Intelligent solutions make travel easier and more predictable for
citizens whether they choose to commute in their own vehicle or by
The aim of intelligent transport is to shift the focus of transport policy away from the construction and maintenance of transport network towards the effective functioning of travel and transportation.
The Government Programme of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
underlines the importance of intelligent transport. The Programme
has recognised that the Government will promote new intelligent
transport services, financial steering, and innovations based on
the National Strategy for Intelligent Transport.
The purpose is to support the development of transport efficiency. In addition, the Government will examine the introduction of GPS-based road user charges.
The second generation intelligent strategy furthers the melding
of intelligent transport as part of all other forms of transport
and Finnish transport policy. The strategy particularly emphasises
the cooperation between public sector and business sector.
Finland published the world's first intelligent transport strategy in 2009. Currently published second generation intelligent strategy shares the same vision, objectives and principles.
The main themes of the second generation intelligent strategy are:
Information and communication technology is used as an essential
tool in the reform of transport policy. The aim is to grow the
service capacity of the transport system and the productivity of
the infrastructure maintenance, enhance traffic safety, increase
the use of public transport, cycling and walking, and to promote
the objectives of climate and environmental policy.
Second generation intelligent strategy comprises nine priority projects, the economic impact of which has been estimated in Euro. The strategy also introduces how the distribution of duties and responsibilities among the administration, the business sector and other stakeholders as well as social interaction will be organised in the future.
The objectives set out to be achieved by the year 2020:
Vision for intelligent transport in 2020: The Finnish transport system will be one of the most advanced in the world:
The Smart Transport Corridor Helsinki - St. Petersburg project
promotes the creation of continuous and interoperable intelligent
transport services between Finland and Russia. At the same time, it
will increase the interoperability of services between the EU and
Russia. An important goal is to increase the cooperation between
Finnish and Russian private and public sector operators and
facilitate the growth of business in the intelligent transport
The aim is to improve the commuter services, enhance the traffic safety and make the traffic flow smoother, especially at the border.
Five pilot services will be carried out in 2013-2014
In addition, the project will establish the procedures for
opening the traffic data to service providers in both countries.
The project is steered by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the implementation of the pilots is steered by the Transport Agency. Services are implemented by the service consortium founded by private companies.