Information Communication Technologies
Sweden was the first European country in the world to deploy 4G mobile communications technology, and topped a new global index evaluating the state of the web in 61 countries in 2012. Gävleborg has specialist ICT competence and research environments in the areas of GIS (Geographical Information Systems), fiber optics and industrial IT, and the region offers excellent locations for data center establishment.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
The Gävle area is home to Europe’s leading GIS research and development arena. Organizations involved in GIS include Future Position X, the GIS Institute at the University of Gävle and Lantmäteriet (the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority). Companies such as ESRI, Metria, Geomatikk and Swedesurvey have headquarters in Gävleborg, and this concentration of GIS knowledge and expertise has led to regional municipalities and companies utilizing GIS to improve their operations and processes.
ESRI is a leading global GIS software development and services company, with its Swedish headquarters in Gävle where it employs around 40 people. The company’s presence in Gävle allows close cooperation with Future Position X, the GIS Institute at the University of Gävle and Lantmäteriet.
Future Position X – Research and innovation for a sustainable society.
Future Position X is a Gävle-based cluster that is Europe’s largest research and development organization in the innovative use of GIS. The cluster is a non-governmental, non-profit arena for the testing, development and marketing of GIS services and knowledge, including Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI).
Future Position X creates sustainable development and growth, within the field of Geo Health through four different processes: research, innovation, incubation and acceleration. The cluster engages with a broad variety of actors in both the public and private sector.
Gävleborg has a fiber optics and broadband research and development center in Hudiksvall. Two key organizations are Fiber Optic Valley and the research institute Acreo Fiber Optics, which promote close cooperation between business and academia.
Acreo Fiber Optics
Acreo is one of Europe's top research institutes that works with business, academia and society to provide cutting-edge research within the fields of electronics, optics and communication technologies. In Hudiksvall, Acreo has particular focus on optical fibers, fiber optics, communications technologies, and broadband testbeds. The Hudiksvall facility is uniquely equipped for the research, development, and production of advanced optical fibers and preforms. The laboratory is also housing a National Broadband Testbed (a full scale, live network, used as a testing platform for novel technologies and services) and Acreo Fiber Optic Center (a national competence center in fiber optics). Acreo is part of Swedish ICT Research. www.acreo.se
Fibre Optic Valley – Connecting Ideas. Creating business.
Fiber Optic Valley is an organization based in Hudiksvall that works to make Sweden the world leader in the development of broadband and fiber optic sensor products and services. Such technology is the foundation for virtually all modern information technology and constitutes a dynamic and rapidly growing industry. Fiber Optic Valley has also expertise in innovative leadership and gender management.
Fiber Optic Valley’s core business is to assist the growth of local and global companies by providing research, training, financing, contacts and business development combined with a unique test environment for technical tests and behavioral science studies. www.fiberopticvalley.com/en
Traditional industries in Gävleborg have developed high-tech industrial processes that require state-of-the-art industrial IT. A number of small and medium size companies have developed in the region to meet these needs. FindIT is the regional industrial IT cluster, based in Sandviken.
FindIT (Forum for Industrial IT-solutions) is an Industrial IT development and competence cluster based at Sandbacka Park in Sandviken. The center has the objective of making the region’s small and medium size companies more effective, and to support the development of new companies, products and methods. FindIT primarily works with the region’s traditional steel, paper and pulp industries, and their suppliers, together with regional and national training and IT partners. The FindIT cluster has a regional and national network of around 250 companies and 700 people.
Sandbacka Park in Sandviken is a technology park, which specializes in industrial IT. The park is home to Sandvik’s global IT company, and several smaller IT businesses. The majority of the +50 companies and 1,000 personnel based at Sandbacka Park work within IT.
Gävleborg: the optimal location for your data center
With excellent connectivity, green and low-cost energy, free cooling, world-leading ICT competence, good access to Stockholm Arlanda International Airport and a selection of well-suited sites - Gävleborg is the optimal location for your data center.
Data centers in Gävleborg benefit from both the cool climate and free cooling advantages associated with Northern Sweden, and Central Sweden ́s excellent regional connectivity and accessibility.
Gävleborg’s Key Data Center Advantages:
- Green & inexpensive energy,
- Robust & reliable electricity grid,
- Excellent fiber optic connectivity & low latency,
- Free cooling much of the year,
- A selection of affordable sites & real estate suitable for data centers,
- World-leading regional ICT competence
- Proximity to Stockholm & Arlanda International Airport,
- Political, social & geological stability.
Low-cost, green & reliable energy
Sweden has one of the lowest energy prices in Europe, and most of Gävleborg offers the lowest electricity price class in Sweden. Only green electricity is generated in Gävleborg and the region’s network has not had a major power outage since 1983. Gävleborg’s robust electricity grid and infrastructure has evolved over recent decades to meet the needs of energy intensive regional industries, such as steel and paper.
Sweden is the most connected country in the world, with 150,000 km of fiber optic networks. Gävleborg boasts a robust fiber optic network with several independent national and regional redundant networks that connect Gävleborg to Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo and Malmo/Copenhagen. The region’s fiber optic network consequently offers excellent national and international connectivity, and peering point opportunities via Netnode in Stockholm and Sundsvall, which is the largest Internet exchange Point (IXP) in Scandinavia. Gävleborg’s fiber network also offers plenty of bandwidth capacity and dark fiber, and the comprehensive nature of the network ensures that fiber is never more than a kilometer from populated areas.
Low latency to Europe
Cool climate & free cooling
Low average annual temperatures of between 2 and 6 °C (35-43 °F) provide free data center cooling throughout much of the year, which can significantly reduce data center operating costs.
World-leading regional ICT competence
Gävleborg is home to a variety of ICT organizations and clusters that offer specialist competence related to data centers. Acreo, Future Position X, Fiber Optic Valley and FindIT, for example, are all based in Gävleborg.
Various specialist education programs offered in the region ensure a high concentration of people skilled in areas related to data centers. Specific education programs include network and broadband training offered by Iftac in Hudiksvall, and IT and Telecommunications degrees offered by the University of Gävle.
Secure & stable
Sweden is associated with democracy and peace, and is one of the most politically, socially and economically stable countries in the world. Sweden also has very low seismic activity, with minimal risk of earthquakes.
Gävleborg has a wide selection of development-ready greenfield and brownfield sites suitable for data centers. Rock shelter sites are also available to provide high-security data storage.
Regional Development Grants
Parts of Gävleborg are within regional development areas where businesses can be eligible for development grants.
Acreo Swedish ICT AB
Acreo is one of Europe's top research institutes that provide cutting-edge research within the fields of electronics, optics and communication technologies. In Hudiksvall, Acreo has particular focus on fiber optics, communications technologies, and broadband testbeds.
Fibre Optic Valley – Connecting Ideas. Creating business.
Fiber Optic Valley is an organization based in Hudiksvall that works to make Sweden the world leader in the development of broadband and fiber optic sensor products and services. Fiber Optic Valley assists the growth of regional and global companies by providing research, training, financing, contacts and business development.