Husqvarna AI solution focusing on urban green spaces selected as top innovator by the World Economic Forum

Source: press release, 28 January 2022

Illustration: Husqvarna
Illustration: Husqvarna

Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index (HUGSI) an AI-driven satellite solution focusing on urban green spaces, has been selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 15 Top Innovators in a recent challenge within the UpLink innovation network.

UpLink is the open innovation platform of the World Economic Forum, launched in Davos 2020. The platform centres around innovation challenges and digital communities, which are dedicated to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each new cohort is selected by an independent group of international experts, and for this new cohort of Top Innovators, the World Economic Forum was looking for new digital technology capabilities to support urban development in harmony with nature. HUGSI measures and analyses urban green space in select cities across the globe. With objective and recuring quantification of urban green space, cities can track their development and benchmark with global pairs.

“Urbanisation is accelerating and thus the need for developing and managing urban green spaces is becoming a focus area for cities across the globe. We developed the AI-driven satellite solution to raise awareness about the value of urban green spaces among citizens and to support decision makers and politicians to make decisions based on data to create smart, green and sustainable cities for the future,” says Glen Instone, President of Husqvarna Forest & Garden Division.

Husqvarna Group continues to shape great experiences and demonstrate technology leadership by leading the industry transformation into electrification, autonomous solutions and connected devices.  Through the company’s passion for innovation Husqvarna aims to make a difference to those who shape green spaces and urban environments. Last year Husqvarna Group launched the HUGSI report 2021 report focusing on green spaces in 177 cities across 60 countries, which has now grown into more than 250 cities.