The Security Committee granted the 2016 Timanttiteko (Diamond Act) award to the 112 Suomi application, developed by the Emergency Response Centre Administration and Digia Plc. The award ceremony took place at the Erve Forum of critical communications for security professionals, organised by the State Security Networks Group on 16 March 2017.
When the emergency number is dialled via the 112 Suomi app, the Emergency Response Centre automatically receives the caller’s location information. The main benefit of the app is that it speeds up the provision of assistance in an emergency.
"Because the 112 Suomi app affects the operations of all safety actors, it is a prime example of a practical, overall safety application. “I sincerely hope that this recognition inspires all parties promoting preparedness in society", commented Paula Lehtomäki, Deputy Chair of the Security Committee.
Finns want to be prepared for emergencies
Launched in 2015, the app has been downloaded almost 916,000 times and has been used to make more than 37,000 emergency calls.
“We are delighted by how the application has been received in Finland. The number of emergency calls made through the app has grown steadily since its introduction; in less than two years, almost one million Finns have downloaded it. 112 Finland has also attracted international interest, for instance various European countries are willing to follow Finland’s example in using a similar app. This level of interest proves that a phone app that speeds up the provision of assistance during emergencies makes people in Finland feel more secure. We gratefully accept this recognition and will humbly continue to raise awareness of the app,” says Marko Nieminen, ERC Service Director of the Emergency Response Centre Administration.
“We are delighted that the ERC Administration's long-term work in the development of emergency response centre services is being recognised and that we have had the privilege of contributing to such work. The award granted for the 112 Suomi app continues a wonderful run for us – the HUOVI portal of the National Emergency Supply Agency, implemented by Digia, won the 2013 Timanttiteko Award. We are proud to be able to cooperate with public actors in promoting everyday safety", says Sami Rantanen, Head of Industry, Public at Digia.
“The 112 Suomi app is an excellent showcase of the opportunities presented by digitalisation in the safety and security sector. Agile development, the use of modern tools and “the world of Apps” is not a prerogative of the young who play games, or the world of entertainment and leisure only. Similar development is expected to be harnessed for safety purposes as well", says Timo Lehtimäki, CEO at State Security Networks Group.
Promoting safety in society
The Timanttiteko award is granted annually by the Security Committee, based on a proposal agreed during a meeting of heads of preparedness within the various ministries. The award was presented for the ninth time to an exemplary activity, development and innovation enhancing public safety.
The award criteria included assessing the importance of the proposed party or activity to society as a whole, state security, and its range of uses across administrative sectors. Further criteria included the cost efficiency of the activity or its results, and their scalability, innovativeness and topicality.
Read more about the 112 Suomi app and the Timanttiteko award in Erve Uutiset (in Finnish): http://erveuutiset.erillisverkot.fi/
For more information on the award, please contact:
Jari Kielenniva, General Secretary of the Security Committee Secretariat, tel. +358 295 140 702, jari.kielenniva(at)turvallisuuskomitea.fi
Security Committee Secretariat: tk(at)turvallisuuskomitea.fi
Further information about the 112 Suomi app:
Emergency Response Centre Admisnistration, Marko Nieminen, Director, ERC Services, tel. +358 295 480 112 (switchboard), marko.nieminen(at)112.fi
Digia Plc., Sami Rantanen, Head of Industry, Public, tel. +358 40 772 2920, sami.rantanen(at)digia.com
State Security Networks Group – Building security together
The task of the State Security Networks Group is to secure the critical leadership of society and information society services in all circumstances. The State Security Networks Group provides the organisations responsible for the security and functionality of the society with mission critical services, situational awareness services and services securing critical infrastructure. State Security Networks Ltd is a wholly state-owned specialpurpose company. The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for the ownership steering of the company.
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