The city of Hämeenlinna has recently started ecosystem development work aimed at improving the town's competitiveness and sustaining its surrounding region.
The pilot project is an electronic bike service, which will be detailed along with data that can be collected for further use. As part of the smart mobility concept, the bike-share operators and cities in which they operate want bike-share travel to become a viable part of the transportation system for city residents. In the Hämeenlinna bike project, yellow-and-green bikes are made available in selected locations around the city. Users can check the availability of the bikes and rent one by using a smartphone application. Open data provided by the bike-sharing service are utilized in several ways. In the direct data-based service, users are able to see the availability of bikes in the town. In the indirect services, data are used by the bike operators to ensure availability and also to maintain the bikes. The city authorities are also aiming to utilize the collected bike data to plan cycle routes and services for bikers.