ESPON 2020

Main purpose is to develop the nation-wide mobility database which contains data about the regular movement patterns of Estonian residents

• The main data input is coming from passive mobile positioning

• Based on anchor point model, the meaningful locations (home, work, leisure, household etc) are calculated from the mobile positioning data

• The innovative aspect of the study is the usage of mobile positioning data in production of a nationwide (official) mobility

The aim of this proposed service is to strengthen the knowledge-base for evidence-based planning in the Northern Growth Zone (NGZ), which is currently mostly leaning on more traditional data sources in its planning and development processes. The main objective of the service is to find and evaluate new available data sources for evidence-based policy making regarding growth corridors and to research the potentials of big data and locations-based data mining to better inform comprehensive spatial policy in growth corridors. Therefore, the service contributes to Specific Objective 2 of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme in supporting stakeholders in utilising territorial evidence in their policy development.

The project lasts from May 2018 to May 2019


  • University of Turku (lead contractor)
  • University of Tartu

Further information:

Official homepage for the project:

The project team of Mobility Lab:

Head of research: research scientist Anto Aasa,

Research coordination: research scientist Siiri Silm,

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