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Developing circular economy services in the MORE area

The circular economy services of MORE, the largest industrial area in Southern Finland, are being developed through the KAP – Circular Economy Autonomous Digital Services – project implemented by Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK). The project aims to enhance self-service, 24/7 customer interactions within the circular economy area and improve services in the region, thereby aiming to prevent or even reduce waste management fees for residents.

HAMK, in collaboration with several partners, seeks improvements in the operation of the MORE industrial area’s circular economy zone. The automation and optimization of the circular economy area’s operations are believed to mitigate or even decrease the growing waste management fees for residents and significantly streamline the operations of the MORE circular economy area, and eventually all service points in the Kanta-Häme region.

The first phase of the project involves a comprehensive mapping of digital circular economy solutions. Based on this mapping, the project will develop safety services for circular economy area interactions, promote the independence of service usage, and enhance traffic control in the region. The objective is to enable 24/7 customer interactions, self-service options for customers, and traffic safety. The development work incorporates the latest digital technologies, automation, and methods of autonomous or independent traffic.

The planned measures of the project will result in four concrete outcomes: 1) Circular Economy Digital Services Road Map 2025, 2) A service prototype for customer identification and a prototype for real-time monitoring of the circular economy area, 3) Automated guidance for movement within the area and guidance for self-service unloading of waste, and 4) Prototype of a traffic control center. In the longer term, the project will advance the capabilities of businesses and residents in the Kanta-Häme region for flexible waste recycling and improve and streamline related services.

The project is scheduled to be carried out by Häme University of Applied Sciences from August 1, 2023, to July 31, 2026. The project is funded by the European Union and The Regional Council of Häme. The budget for the project is 460,000 euros.

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