TestEat research and pilot project restaurant was opened in IBM's Munkkiniemi premises in Helsinki. The crEATe innovation ecosystem launched by Fazer, VTT and IBM studies and helps to
create future solutions for eating and food production in a real
restaurant environment with the help of artificial intelligence, for
example. For customers, TestEat is a cosy café and restaurant that
serves well-balanced and healthy lunch on weekdays.
heart of the ecosystem established by Fazer, VTT and IBM is the new
research and pilot project restaurant TestEat in IBM's Munkkiniemi
premises. The restaurant makes use of a lot of modern research
technology, such as a depth camera system and an IoT platform, enabling
seamless data collection from various items of equipment in the kitchen
and the dining room.
"According to our recent trend study,
responsibility and well-being are upward trends in the everyday lives of
Finns. Food is also important for developing one's identity and mental
wellbeing. The trend is towards comprehensive wellbeing where
functionality meets feeling. At the same time, the green revolution is
expanding. New technologies and innovation ecosystems help us create
increasingly more individual solutions", says Hannu Rahnasto, VP, Commercial at Fazer Food Services Finland.
new TestEat restaurant was opened in IBM's Munkkiniemi premises. It's
open for all – you don't have to work in the building to have lunch
there. The restaurant includes a comfortable coworking space right next
to the restaurant services.
"Artificial intelligence, analytics,
IoT solutions and blockchain technology are also transforming the food
sector. It is extremely interesting to participate in this cooperation
with Fazer and VTT and to be able to use the received data to study and
verify how people eat and behave in a lunch restaurant. Our personnel
have eagerly waited for the new restaurant all autumn", says IBM general
manager Mirva Antila.
New kind of food solutions: the crEATe ecosystem
between Fazer, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and IBM aims
for an open crEATe innovation ecosystem that produces solutions related
"Applications for the latest technologies are developed
together with the end users. In the TestEat environment, we can observe
the consumers' choices and attitudes in a real use situation. New
sources of protein, snacks that are finalised at the time of purchase,
smart packages, digital recommendations and modifications of the eating
environment are examples of research subjects that will make use of the
restaurant", says Kaisa Poutanen, Research Professor in VTT.
crEATe ecosystem invites various operators, such as start-ups, to
network, study and develop solutions involving future food and food
production in a genuine consumption environment. The ecosystem will
facilitate the creation of a competency network and produce future
solutions in the food industry. The carrying themes of the research and
development work include supporting people's vitality, promoting
responsible and sustainable food production, as well as producing good
user experiences and enhancing the restaurant business.
Have lunch at the research restaurant TestEat:
Address: Laajalahdentie 23, Munkkiniemi, Helsinki. Opening hours: The
restaurant is open Mon–Fri from 8 am to 4 pm Lunch is served from 10:45
am to 1:30 pm
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