It’s preferable to see Smart Cities in this approach, with the use of technologies facilitating the interaction between different utilities, infrastructures, services, and systems, with the primary purpose of supporting the sustainable use of resources and increasing city administration efficiency, benefiting inhabitants, governance, and economic growth. The City of Helsinki map service is a map portal that can be used to access the map and geographic information datasets of several departments. Thanks to our modern always-on digital lifestyle, people expect to be constantly connected.

Public Wi-Fi access points are expanding to a global network of hotspots to meet those needs. A hotspot is a physical location where people can access the Internet, typically using Wi-Fi, via a wireless local area network (WLAN) with a router connected to an Internet service provider. Most people refer to these locations as “Wi-Fi hotspots” or “Wi-Fi connections.” Simply put, hotspots are the physical places where users can wirelessly connect their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to the Internet. A hotspot can be in a private location or a public one, such as in a coffee shop, a hotel, an airport, or even an airplane.

While many public hotspots offer free wireless access on an open network, others require payment. Hotspots are becoming an essential part of public infrastructure—and our Internet experience. The Department of Social Services and Health Care gives the possibility to utilize the electronic health services by e-health cards and apply for supplementary and preventive social assistance electronically. From the national My Kanta service, it’s possible to find the information about your e-prescriptions, read the doctors’ and nurses’ case statements, and ask for renewal of e-prescriptions.

Key Activities: Regional map service, WLAN hot spots, e-health cards

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