Technology

IT Minister: Cybersecurity investments to match the new threat landscape

05.10.21 NEWS ... Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Andres Sutt (Reform) has made a call to action on cybersecurity aimed at creating a set methodology to assess the level of cybersecurity and set a benchmark for investments into it, along similar lines to NATO's 2-percent of GDP benchmark for member states' contributions.

TalTech issues spam email warning

03.09.21 TECHNOLOGY ... Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) has issue warning after spam emails purporting to be from is rector, Tiit Land, have been found. If opened the emails can activate malware on the recipient's computer.

Tartu self-driving bus trials next month

27.08.21 NEWS ... A self-driving bus starts work in Tartu on a trial basis next week, ferrying passengers between the city center and the Estonian National Museum (ERM) on the outskirts, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reported. The buses' manufacturers ask local drivers to be patient as the vehicle gets up and running.

Bolt posts 2020 losses of €45 million

17.08.21 TECHNOLOGY ... Tech unicorn Bolt has reported losses of €44.9 million for 2020, though its revenues rose just under seventy-five percent, to €221.4 million, the company says. Bolt operates taxi ride hailing, food couriering and scooter, bike and car rental services, all via an app, and says it is the third-largest peak season e-scooter rentals firm Europe-wide.

Government sets aside €500,000 to update state portal following July hack

13.08.21 TECHNOLOGY ... The Estonian government has allocated half-a-million euros for updating the state portal, the public online interface for a whole host of state services, following last month's cyber attack which saw a lone individual gain access to close to 300,000 personal ID photos.

Hacker downloads close to 300,000 personal ID photos

28.07.21 NEWS ... A hacker was able to obtain over 280,000 personal identity photos following an attack on the state information system last Friday. The suspect is reportedly a resident of Tallinn.

Estonian-founded ultra-capacitor firm signs deal with Spanish firm CAF

13.07.21 TECHNOLOGY ... Estonian-founded ultra-capacitor producer Skeleton Technologies has inked a deal with rail, tram and bus manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) Power & Automation to supply ultracapacitors for its trams.

e-Residency scheme reports record revenue, profits for 2020

15.06.21 TECHNOLOGY ... Estonia's nation e-Residency program has reported a 2020 revenue of €19.7 million, the highest in its six-year existence, with profits also topping previous records.

AK: Tallinn students unveil new, driverless race-car

15.06.21 NEWS ... Tallinn students have been putting the finishing touches to a self-driving open-wheel race car, due to compete against other universities soon, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reported Monday night.

Daily: Court rules Bolt, not driver, responsible for accident damages

19.03.21 NEWS ... A court has set a precedent that in the event of an accident involving a vehicle using the Bolt taxi-hailing platform, the latter, rather than the driver, is culpable for any ensuing injuries, daily Postimees reports.

Lithuania launches own national e-residency scheme

02.01.21 NEWS ... Lithuania is to launch an e-residency scheme in January, joining Estonia in providing a service which allows, among other things, foreign nationals to set up companies registered in that country, to open bank accounts, and to declare taxes online.

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies raises €41.3 million

03.11.20 NEWS ... Estonian-founded Skeleton Technologies has raised €41.3 million of equity capital from investors.

HOIA app downloaded nearly 50,000 times since launch last week

24.08.20 NEWS ... The new HOIA coronavirus exposure notification app has been downloaded close to 50,000 times so far, developers say, with two people who have downloaded the app reportedly coronavirus-positive.

Pärnu hosts interactive robot exhibition

17.08.20 NEWS ... An interactive robot exhibition in Pärnu has brought cutting edge tech from all over the world to the resort town, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Sunday night.

Elisa CEO hits out at ministry Huawei tech ban draft

28.07.20 NEWS ... CEO of telecoms provider Elisa Estonia Sami Seppänen has hit out at a Ministry of Economic Affairs and communications draft regulation which would restrict non-EU telecoms tech in Estonia's 5G network, including those from Huawei.

Ministry drafts bill aimed at curbing Chinese 5G tech

27.07.20 NEWS ... The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is preparing a regulation which would allow restricting the use of high-risk technologies in telecoms networks, a move which would bar Chinese tech giant Huawei, for instance, from constructing Estonia's 5G network.

Technology expert: US plans to ban TikTok

08.07.20 NEWS ... Hans Lõugas, a senior technology analyst at CybExer Technologies, said the United States (U.S.) is planning to ban one of the world's popular social media applications, TikTok, as it is allegedly collecting large amounts of data.

Sales of Estonian electric bikes manufacturer spike

14.06.20 NEWS ... Estonian electric bicycles manufacturer Ampler Bikes managed to boost sales by 86 percent in the first five months of the year. The company's turnover came to €5.7 million last year.

First ever drone flight carrying coronavirus patient sample in Estonia

23.04.20 NEWS ... A drone was used for conveying a coronavirus sample from Estonia's second-largest island, Hiiumaa, for testing in Tallinn, for the first time.

Skeleton Technologies joins pan-European energy harvesting project

22.04.20 NEWS ... Estonian tech firm Skeleton Technologies has joined a €7-million, pan-European initiative aimed at implementing innovative material systems for energy harvesting and electrical energy storage, with a view to ensuring the sustainable and efficient use of resources in line with a circular economy perspective. Energy harvesting can even make use of simple walking in its operation.

Coronavirus effects bringing reduced banking transactions, cash machine use

21.03.20 NEWS ... The volume of bank transactions has fallen in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Estonia, with cash machine use similarly falling, many of the country's main banks say.

Government discussing agreement paving way for Estonia CERN membership

06.02.20 NEWS ... The government is discussing a draft agreement on Thursday for Estonia's accession to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as an associate member. Should the agreement be approved by both government and parliament, it would pave the way for full membership some years later, Baltic News Service reports.

Riigikogu committees disagree with 5G petition

23.09.19 TECHNOLOGY ... The social affairs and environment committees of the Riigikogu decided on Monday not to agree with the petition titled "We demand a halt to the installation of 5G technology in Estonia" made to the parliament

Gallery: First passengers ride driverless bus in Tallinn

29.08.19 NEWS ... The first passengers traveled by self driving bus in Kadriorg, Tallinn after a new bus line was launched on Wednesday.

Starship Technologies plans campus expansion after $40 million funding win

21.08.19 NEWS ... Estonian company Starship Technologies has announced plans to expand its robot delivery service to 100 U.S. university campuses with the goal of reaching one million students after raising $40 million in funding.

Bolt launches cross-border service in Valga/Valka

31.05.19 TECHNOLOGY ... Taxi-hailing app firm Bolt, formerly Taxify, has launched a cross-border service in the Estonian and Latvian border towns of Valga/Valka, bringing the number of Estonian towns the company operates in to 15.

Prime Minister in Germany presenting digital Estonia

13.11.18 NEWS ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) is in Germany, where he has already presented an overview of the business landscape and prognosis to a group of German entrepreneurs considering, or already, investing in Estonia.

PPA say no to ID card compromise, Gemalto still hope for accord with state

07.09.18 NEWS ... International digital security company and former supplier of Estonian ID cards Gemalto AG has said that it wants a compromise with the Estonian state. The stance of the latter so far has been to pursue a lawsuit against Gemalto regarding compensation to to the Estonian state to the tune of €1.5 million following a security flaw in ID cards made by Gemalto which came to light in summer 2017.

Estonian ride-hailing app Taxify expands in Romania, Mexico

24.06.18 NEWS ... Estonian-based ride-hailing app provider Taxify has expanded its activities in Romania and Mexico, countries where it already had a foothold.

Riigikogu President Nestor presents e-state to St. Lucia premier

31.05.18 NEWS ... President of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) Eiki Nestor met with the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Michael Chastanet, yesterday, Wednesday, and gave him an overview of the principles of e-governance in Estonia.

New €4m investment for Estonian ultracapacitors startup could change energy storage market

28.01.16 TECHNOLOGY ... Skeleton Technologies, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors, has been backed by a new 4 million euro investment from sustainable innovation investment firm KIC InnoEnergy whose shareholders include ABB, EDF, Iberdrola and Total. The company aims to reach the ambitious target of 20 Wh/kg energy density for its technology by 2020.

Ilves: Europe’s digital development is falling behind

26.01.16 TECHNOLOGY ... Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves urged the European Union and its member states to contribute towards a digital future.

TeliaSonera and Ericsson to go 5G in Tallinn and Stockholm in 2018

22.01.16 TECHNOLOGY ... TeliaSonera and Ericsson have entered into a strategic partnership to let customers in Stockholm and Tallinn experience 5G services already in 2018.

Deal with Estonian LHV bank helps TransferWise challenge traditional banking industry

22.12.15 TECHNOLOGY ... The money transfer company TransferWise has struck a deal with Estonian retail bank LHV that sees its international payment service integrated directly into the bank's smart-phone app.

GALLERY: Robotex now Europe's largest robot battle event

07.12.15 TECHNOLOGY ... Tallinn's Robotex became Europe's largest robot competition event after a record 530 robots battled it out in 17 competitions over three days at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT).

Indian IT giant HCL Technologies opens development center in Estonia

03.12.15 TECHNOLOGY ... Leading global IT service provider HCL Technologies, one of eight technology companies in the world to earn a revenue of over a billion dollars in 2014, opened its brand new development center in Tallinn today. The opening was attended by the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Minister of Entrepreneurship Liisa Oviir.

E-residency program celebrates first birthday

02.12.15 TECHNOLOGY ... The Estonia's virtual residency program is celebrating its first birthday today, December 1. The program currently has over 7,000 members from 119 countries. That is three times more than initially hoped for.

TUT scientists help create new crisis management simulation system

01.12.15 TECHNOLOGY ... How to prepare for crises like snowstorms, forest fires, floods, earthquakes, and industrial and traffic accidents? Scientists at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) have created a simulation system for professionals to carry out computer-based trainings. The system was created in cooperation with scientists from 15 EU nations, as well as Israel and several private and public sector organizations.

New ultrafast internet solution piloted in Estonia

25.11.15 TECHNOLOGY ... An Estonian startup is testing out the new LiFi technology, a superfast alternative to WiFi, in a commercial context in Tallinn, Estonia.

UK, Estonia launch new cooperation platform during D5 summit in Tallinn

20.11.15 TECHNOLOGY ... The British Embassy and its partners in the UK and Estonia are today launching TechLink, a brand new platform building partnerships between the two countries in technology, innovation and science. The launch is part of the Digital 5 summit held in Tallinn from November 19-20.

Estonia, Netherlands to create cooperative platform for cyber security studies

18.11.15 TECHNOLOGY ... Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand and Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Bert Koenders agreed on Monday to the creation of a cooperative platform for studying and promoting international law, relevant political norms and state practices applicable to cyberspace.

Transferwise founders named European Web Entrepreneurs of The Year

12.11.15 TECHNOLOGY ... The European Commission today announced the winners of the 2015 European Web Entrepreneurs, or Europioneers Awards. Among this year's winners are Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann from Estonia.

Estonian-developed electoral compass helps Americans choose next president

09.11.15 TECHNOLOGY ... The software developed for ERR is now used in the United States to help voters learn which of the presidential candidate best aligns with their personal views, values and priorities.

Estonia creating conditions for transnational data exchange

04.11.15 TECHNOLOGY ... The Information System Authority (RIA) launched a next generation central server of X-Road on Monday. The server allows to manage secure data exchange between the databases of Estonia and other countries.

Estonian company takes international exhibitions to Internet

29.10.15 TECHNOLOGY ... An international company OnlineExpo International launched its international online exhibition platform in Tallinn. Preparation and sales of the first exhibitions have also been launched in Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Russia, with the first international trade show set to take place in early spring of 2016.

Estonian researchers developing quick blood test for detecting pregnancy complications

28.10.15 TECHNOLOGY ... Estonian researchers are leading a translational research project in reproductive biomedicine with the aim of developing a quick blood test to predict, and consequently prevent complications at a very early stage of pregnancy.

ID card bug could damage Estonia's IT image

27.10.15 TECHNOLOGY ... A mistake caused by the Estonian Certification Center, the state-owned company behind the software of ID cards, means that 250,000 ID cards and 5,000 e-residency cards will not be compatible with new Google Chrome web browsers, and while the bug can be fixed, the damage to the nation's image as an IT pathfinder, is done.

Garage48 hackathon to find innovation in tourism

27.10.15 TECHNOLOGY ... Garage48, in co-operation with the Estonian Tourist Board of Enterprise Estonia, is organizing a tourism hackathon in Pärnu to find innovation in the global tourism industry.

Japan to implement ID card following Estonia’s example

26.10.15 TECHNOLOGY ... Japanese Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari visited Estonia last week to get acquainted with Estonian e-services and discuss developing digital societies and closer economic relations between the two countries.

Skeletons from Estonia help to shed light on history of plague

23.10.15 TECHNOLOGY ... A new study, featuring Estonian researchers and DNA evidence from Estonia, suggests that Black Death, one of the most ferocious diseases known to man, has literally plagued people for much longer than previously thought. Moreover, it originally spread by human-to-human contact, not fleas.
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