Digitisation of Reindeer Husbandry

A study financed by the RDP, aimed at finding new digital solutions to make Reindeer husbandry a more efficient and profitable business.

Project summary: 

Reindeer husbandry is the traditional source of living in Lapland, North of Finland. The study project aimed at finding new digital solutions to make the business more efficient and profitable. The project activities consisted of literature reviews, research interviews, field studies and participatory observation.

Project results: 
  • The study suggested further development of smart clothing for herders. The clothing could have more sensors than now, reacting to temperature, light, speed, quick stops etc.
  • Digital accounting and reporting systems. Mobile reporting on predator damages and submitting subsidy applications should also be made possible.
  • Develop the usability and accessibility of the reindeer herding’s GPS data from the herder’s level through all the steps of other stakeholders, including authorities.
  • The training institutions in Lapland should continue focusing on providing training, information and good practices, especially on the use of GPS data.