Nordic countries taking the lead in renewable energy for transport

driving-sustElectricity and biofuels are quickly changing the way people power their cars while also having a positive effect on people’s finances and the environment. The leadership role of the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland in this field are highlighted at the upcoming Driving Sustainability conference in Reykjavík in September.

In Norway, over three thousand electric cars are on the road. Government policy dictates that charging their batteries is free of charge, zero emissions EVs get free parking, can drive on bus lanes in the city, get free rides on state run ferries (there are a lot of them in Norway) and there is no VAT on electric cars in Norway, so they’re reasonably priced. ‘Think’ is the leading producer of competitive electric city cars in the world. In addition, Norway produces the tiny Buddy EV electric car. Continue reading

Finnish Technology Academy announces Millennium Technology prize finalists

The finalists for the 2008 Millennium Technology Prize have been announced by the Technology Academy Finland. Those competing for the world’s largest technology prize are:

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys
Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, UK
“For his invention of DNA fingerprinting used in identification of criminal suspects and in paternity and immigration disputes. No other development in modern genetics has had such a profound impact worldwide on the lives of many millions of people.”

Professor Robert Langer
Institute Professor, MIT, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, USA
“For his inventions and development of innovative biomaterials for controlled drug release and tissue regeneration that have saved and improved the lives of millions of people.”

Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi
President, Viterbi Group LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California, USA
“For the invention of the Viterbi algorithm, the key building element in modern wireless and digital communications systems, touching lives of people everywhere.”

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Fujitsu Services in IT deal with Berner

Fujitsu IT servicesFujitsu Services in Finland has won a contract to implement a SAP production system for Berner Ltd.

Helsinki (eNewsWire) 29 January 2008 – Fujitsu Services, a leading European IT services provider, has concluded a deal with Finnish company Berner Ltd to expand its existing SAP system to also cover production operations.

Berner, which has four production facilities in Finland, is a trading company with a wide range of operations including import, manufacturing and marketing. The company is expanding in the Baltic region, particularly in Sweden and Estonia where its subsidiaries are located.

Berner has previously used SAP based financial and payroll management systems. The company’s SAP system will now also include production planning and management of the facilities, procurement management, inventory management, quality management, product development, sales operations and product cost accounting.

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Fujitsu Services extends Finnish bakery IT contract

Helsinki (eNewsWire) 20 December 2007 – Vaasan & Vaasan has renewed its IT infrastructure outsourcing agreement wih Fujitsu Services in Finland for the next three years.

More than 400 of Vaasan & Vaasan’s desktop computers in 15 towns across Finland are managed by Fujitsu’s Patja service. The Patja ICT operating model assumes overall responsibility for the support services, operation and development of customers’ IT infrastructure and operational applications.

The renewed agreement has been expanded to cover printing management, server capacity, Mobile Professional and lifecycle management for mobile devices. In addition, Vaasan & Vaasan’s e-mail and application platform, Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server, will be provided as service.

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