The Nappula project aims to increase everyday leisure: give more time for the children. The project rises from the needs and challenges of the City of Helsinki’s daycare organisation. It aims to test and research how to best utilize contactless technologies (such as RFID and NFC) in daycare centres.
We hope that new technologies will aid in presence monitoring and reporting, which are done manually at the moment. This brings more time for pedagogic work and time together with the children.
The project runs in two daycare centres in the Herttoniemi area. The personnel of the centres, as well as parents of the children, play an integral part in the development. Cooperation is important, since the project is not about testing a finished product, but rather about developing the entire concept together with the users.
The project is carried out in stages. This makes it possible to take full advantage of all the experiences gathered along the way. The project is conducted with the City of Helsinki Social Services Department. The daycare centres participating are Herttoniemi and Tuorinniemi.
Forum Virium Helsinki coordinates the project, being in charge of the planning and execution. The project is done in close co-operation with the City of Oulu that is working on a similar pilot. WhileOnTheMove, a Smart Urban Spaces project partner is in charge for the development of the application for monitoring presence. Other collaboration partners include Design agency Nordkapp.
Forum Virium Helsinki’s Nappula -project took place during 2009-2012 after which the City of Helsinki continues the service development and piloting. Below the final report of the project (in Finnish).