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An Estonian-invented robot turtle will help underwater archaeologists inspect shipwrecks (video)

The Robot Safari exhibition at the London Science Museum will see the world premiere of the Estonian-invented underwater robot, u-CAT, a highly manoeuvrable robot turtle, designed to penetrate shipwrecks. The u-CAT’s locomotion principle is similar to sea turtles. Independently driven four flippers make the robot highly manoeuvrable – it can swim …

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Who is afraid of the digital signature? Interview with Tarvi Martens (video)

In Estonia, every second citizen actively signs documents electronically and the nation saves a mountain of paper as high as the Eiffel Tower in just two months. Tarvi Martens, the development director of Estonia’s Certification Centre and one of the founders of the 13-year-old system, is now consulting cross-border digital signature issues …

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Dutch electric car charging network to use billing solution developed by Estonians

The Estonian technology developer Now Innovations and the Dutch company Fastned have signed an agreement under which the nationwide electric car charging network being put up by Fastned in the Netherlands will use mobile billing solutions developed by Now Innovations. Each of the more than 200 Fastned stations along Dutch …

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Estonia second in internet freedom in new Freedom House report

Estonia ranks among the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world, being second in the 2013 Freedom House internet freedom rankings after Iceland. With a high internet penetration rate, widespread e-commerce and e-government services embedded into the daily lives of individuals and organisations, Estonia has become a model …

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Starting from scratch: The case of e-government in Estonia

Estonia, starting from low-grade technological advancement, has been outstandingly successful in building a modern and hi-tech e-government system that is envied by the international community. This article will describe the background of the journey Estonia undertook. The period from the end of the 1980ies to the beginning of the 1990ies was …

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Estonian border queue system GoSwift ranked among world’s 40 best e-services

The international jury of the World Summit Award (WSA) has published its list of the world’s 40 best e-services that includes the Estonian border queue management system GoSwift. GoSwift is an electronic system for managing the waiting line at border checkpoints that enables drivers to wait for their turn virtually …

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Estonia to export its Data Exchange Layer X-Road to Finland

The Government of Finland has decided to create a data exchange layer of e-services and cooperate with Estonia in the course thereof as much as possible. “We will immediately and cost-effectively create a national data exchange layer of electronic services and an electronic identification system, implementing cooperation opportunities with Estonia …

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Estonia could fully switch to renewable energy sources by 2030

The head of the country’s renewable energy association says it should be possible for heat and power systems to fully switch to renewable sources by 2030, if there is political will. Rene Tammist, director of the Renewable Energy Association, told to Estonian Public Broadcasting that wind energy, supplemented when necessary …

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Start-up Spotlight: Toggl

Tallinn-based tech start-up Toggl is an online time tracking tool, which is popular with freelancers, groups, and small companies. It allows people to track the time they spend on various projects. It’s internet-based and can be up and running from scratch in less than a minute. Toggl has more than …

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