Tampere Region is best known for its strong ICT and manufacturing clusters. These sectors provide other industries a solid foundation for continuous growth and development. Tampere Region has almost 50 years of history and cumulated competence in information and communication technology. For example, the smartphone was born in Tampere in 1996.
Every 5th Nokia USPTO patent originates from Tampere.
*Data is based on USPTO public data on Nokia (and Networks/NSN) patents between 1993 and 2012. Nokia/NSN had files 10121 patents which were public at the time of analysis.
Tampere has high amount of skilled workforce to offer in the field of ICT, thanks to our three universities, reputation as the best city in Finland and to the solid backround in technology development. In Tampere technology industries employ 34.000 people in almost 3000 companies. The ICT sector alone employs 16.000 people.
ICT Talent and Nokia’s Legacy
Part of Nokia’s legacy in the region is our pool of ICT talent, who have the skills to introduce the latest technologies to traditional industries. Not too many years ago Nokia was still in dominating global market leader position in the mobile handset business. Nokia had over 10 peak years before the fast and painful collapse. Almost 20,000 ICT jobs have been lost in Finland after Nokia fell. But due to the Nokia’s collapse there are now new opportunities emerging; an opportunity to build a more solid structure to the ICT industry by improving and developing the already existing ecosystem. Traditionally, there has been an undersupply of ICT workers in Finland but now the situation is quite different. The availability of talented and qualified ICT engineers is excellent.
Research and Development Opportunities
Tampere offers an agile and responsive setting for business that is sizeable enough to promote fresh innovation. The region is also home to Finland’s hottest start-up cluster, offering innovative new operating models and technologies.
The area also offers excellent R&D opportunities through collaboration with leading international companies and universities. Furthermore, research activity in the area is generating human interaction solutions for IIoT.
When Rolls-Royce presented its vision of a future land-based control centre of the unmanned vessels (video) its interactive smart screens, voice recognition systems, holograms and surveillance drones that the crew uses to monitor what is happening both on board and around the ship were part of the human-computer interaction designed in Tampere. The research was undertaken by VTT and University of Tampere research centre TAUCHI (Tampere Unit for Computer Human Interaction) in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. It explored the lessons learned from other industries where remote operation is commonplace, such as aviation, energy, defence, and space exploration and researched what kind of interaction technology could be used in remote control.
ICT Companies in the Tampere Region
Key players include both start-ups and major global corporations such as Nokia and Intel. Companies that are growing very fast at the moment are, for instance, Basware, M-Files, Vincit, Solita, Gofore and Futurice.
More comprehensive and detailed information about companies that operate in the field of ICT in the Tampere Region can be found in our company and research directory Tampere Business Region.