HXRC to boost the use of AI through the Finnish AI Region FAIR innovation hub

Jun 23, 2022

Helsinki XR Center is proud to be a part of the Finnish AI Region (FAIR), now funded by the European Union! Together, we will use artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technology to boost SMEs in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

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European Digital innovation Hubs (EDIHs) are a part of the new Digital Europe program. They are meant to help businesses develop products, processes or services using digital technologies. The Finnish AI Region FAIR provides knowledge-based support for companies especially in the fields of AI, augmented reality, and cybersecurity. Its main focus areas are digital services, smart cities, and health services.

HXRC is proud to be a part of the FAIR consortium under Metropolia UAS together with cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, VTT Technical Research of Finland Ltd, University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Haaga-Helia UAS, CSC, KIRAHub and EIT Digital. It also cooperates with the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI), and is supported by seven associated partners.

FAIR also works closely with other hubs selected for funding from Finland and builds strong cooperation relationships with other European hubs. The aim is to provide new channels for application scaling and replenish any skills that might be lacking nationally or internationally. For the customers, this means a more comprehensive service portfolio.

Together, we hope to overcome the obstacles currently hampering the widespread adoption of AI by regional companies.

In the FAIR innovation hub, Metropolia is increasingly attached to national and European innovation environments through HXRC. FAIR will enhance especially the business of small and medium-sized enterprises in solutions based on smart city and future-based health. These areas are at the forefront of Metropolia’s innovation activities, for which we have a wide range of capabilities. As confirmation are also our Turbine operations and experimental platforms provided by our campuses.


– Anna-Maria Vilkuna, Director of RDI Services from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

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