Who are we? –Part I: Ilkka Rinne

1.) Name, title, how long have you worked at Spatineo? Ilkka Rinne
Ilkka Rinne, co-founder and CTO (Chief Technology Officer). This is a title that does not fully describe everything I do, but it gives an idea. Spatineo was originally launched based on my ideas at the end of 2010, and it has been a pleasure to see those ideas shaping and developing into a growth company, which is quite well-known in the spatial data field also on an international scale.

2.) What do you do at Spatineo in practice? Tell us about your typical work day!
Above all, I am responsible for the user experience, i.e. the user interfaces of Spatineo services and that their functionality meets the needs of the clients. In addition, I act as an expert in matters related to the implementation of the Inspire Directive and international standardisation of the spatial data field. If I am at the office, my work day usually consists of making user interface drawings and programming, as well as discussions with other developers. When working with a client, I usually act as a technical consultant or, for example, with design and implementation work related to open data publication. I also take good care of our espresso machine at the office, which keeps our team awake.

3.) What is the best thing about your work?
I enjoy being able to realize myself, designing functional and even stylish solutions for people’s everyday work tasks, such as quality control and improvement of spatial data services. As Spatineo’s founder and co-owner, I can influence the direction that the company is taking. On the other hand, in a small company also responsibilities are carried willingly and broadly. It is amazing to work in a team where everyone is a top expert in a certain area, and still willing to constantly learn more.

4.) If you are a tourist in a foreign city, which map service do you use and why?
I must admit that most of the time when I travel abroad I still use paper maps, because the map applications in mobile devices require a good internet connection, which is not always available. In Finland, I routinely use Google Maps -based map and navigation applications, because they are easy to use and usually sufficiently accurate for urban use. One of the spatial data services I use most often is the excellent ReittiGPS application by Essentia Solutions (https://sites.google.com/site/reittigps/), which makes using public transportation easy even when travelling in unfamiliar areas.