Ridango’s validator in a Tallinn tram (Ridango).
How Estonian-developed digital solutions can help in a contactless world
Estonia, one of the most digital nations in the world, has several practical solutions either in development or in active use that could help overcome some of the global challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis and lockdown.
The global transport and logistics industry have been hit hard during the COVID-19 outbreak, as countries have declared lockdown measures one after another, with massive build-ups of various cargo vessels at airports, borders and ports. Many other industries have suffered a great deal as well, among them restaurants and classic retail operations.
But consumers still need access to medical supplies and other vital equipment, not to mention comfort food from their favourite restaurants for beating the blues. As we are getting increasingly used to contactless interaction with vendors and service providers, there could be other intelligent transport solutions available as well.
Estonia, one of the most digital nations in the world, already has several practical solutions either in development or in active use that could help overcome some of these challenges. Maarja Rannama, the head of the intelligent transportation network, ITS Estonia, is convinced that Estonia is rather well-prepared for social distancing and for conducting business remotely due to being used to digital services in everyday life. The same solutions can be implemented all over the world – some examples are presented below.