Finland's and Estonia's data exchange layers connected to one another on 7 February - the rapid exchange of information between the countries is now possible
Finland's Population Register Centre and the Republic of Estonia's Information System Authority have interconnected the two countries' data exchange layers X-Road and Suomi.fi to one another. This will make it technologically possible to transfer data electronically over the Gulf of Finland between organisations that have joined the countries' data exchange layers. A data exchange layer is a uniform data transfer method for information systems and simplifies the exchange of information. The two authorities entered into an agreement on connecting the layers to one another at the end of 2016.
Suomi.fi online service is expanding: Comprehensive data bank and advisory service opens for companies
Suomi.fi online service’s company section is published. Now all data and advice relating to company formation and companies’ operations can be found in one place - Suomi.fi. Suomi.fi’s company section will replace the previous Enterprise Finland web pages.
On 15 December 2017, the Population Register Centre opened Suomi.fi Messages, a new service intended for communication between the citizens and the authorities. This service is part of the Suomi.fi Web Service.
Finland first in the world to enable acting on behalf of another person electronically in social and health matters
Finland is the first in the world to introduce the possibility for an adult to electronically authorise another person to transact business in social and health care matters. Acting on behalf of another person requires an electronic authorization for health care on the Suomi.fi online service. South Savo community of municipalities for social and health services (ESSOTE) is the first organisation in which this is possible.
The Government appointed Janne Viskari, M.Sc. (Tech.) as Director General of the Population Register Centre on 9 November. Viskari will assume his post on 15 November. The appointment is for a fixed term of five years.
Population Register Centre of Finland works with the MyData 2017 Conference as the Main Partner. It is a forum for stakeholders to share not only ideas and theories, but concrete benchmarks and best practices in infrastructure, in legislation, and in business solutions.
As the first organisation in Finland, the Finnish Immigration Service has started using the Suomi.fi e-Authorizations functionality, in which an employer can grant electronic powers of attorney allowing a person to act on the employer’s behalf in Enter Finland, the Immigration Service’s e-service channel.
The reformed Suomi.fi Web Service is now open for the public. Among other things, citizens may use the service for checking their own data in various authorities’ registers and for managing affairs in several public administration operators’ services by logging in to a single service. In the future, the service can be used for receiving messages from the authorities electronically and for authorizing another person to manage one’s own affairs.
The Population Register Centre has chosen Reaktor Innovations Oy (Reaktor) to provide architectural expert services in the Population Register Centre’s personal data reform project (HETI project). The procurement was carried out as a tendering process at EU level.
The Population Register Centre has selected Cybercom to develop and maintain the mobile apps for Suomi.fi Messages
The Population Register Centre has selected Cybercom to develop and maintain the mo-bile apps for the Suomi.fi Messages service. The four-year contract will run from 2017 to 2021, and it is worth approximately EUR 2 million. The project is part of the Ministry of Finance's National Architecture for Digital Services programme, which is being implemented by the Population Register Centre.
The international Porvoo Group will convene in Rome 25–26 May 2017: Electronic identity in a changing world
The international Porvoo Group will convene in Rome, Italy on 25 and 26 May 2017 to discuss and share information on issues related to electronic identity and safe web services. The theme of the conference is electronic identity in a changing world.
The 19h international Porvoo Group Conference will be held in Rome, Italy on 25 - 26 May 2017.
Cybercom Finland has won the tender competition for the Population Register Centre's project Roles & Authorisations for 2017-2021. The tender competition is based on the framework agreement of Hansel's IT consulting.
The Population Register Centre has improved its services for public administration, business and organisation customers. The most central authorisation and agreement processes between the Population Register Centre and its organisation customers have been made available electronically.
Population Register Centre and Police of Finland: New alternatives for applying for an identity card and changes to the use of the card
The new identity card act will enter into force on 1 January 2017. From that date, a Finnish citizen staying abroad can apply for an identity card at those Finnish embassies or consulates which provide passport services. The application should be filed at the embassy or consulate in person, it cannot be submitted electronically.
The Population Register Centre (PRC) will introduce its new organisation from the beginning of 2017. The purpose of the organisation update is to support the implementation of the PRC’s new strategy.
Profium delivers semantic search engine, artificial intelligence and rule engine to enrich digital services.
The source codes to central components of X-Road were published on 3 October 2016 under an MIT licence. The entire X-Road source code is now publicly available for anyone to use. X-Road is a secure integration solution developed in Estonia for information exchanges across the public Internet.
The Finnish Population Register Centre and the Estonian Information System Authority (Riigi Infosüsteemi Amet, RIA) have agreed today on merging their national data exchange layers, i.e. creating a confidential relationship between the Finnish and Estonian data exchange.
Hannu Luntiala, the longstanding Director General of the Population Register Centre, leaves for pension the 1st of November, 2016.