Smart City program in Moscow: implementation plans
Smart City is a space integrated with communication technologies and the Internet of Things. It combines city community services, educational establishments, public utilities, and security control systems into a single network. Projects of such cities are at early stages now: various countries are trying to create a smart city from scratch or integrate similar solutions into existing megalopolises.
In April 2018, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered to run the Smart City program in Moscow. According to him, one should unite existing e-services into a single complex.
What has already been done
The smart city is aimed at providing citizens with maximally comfortable and personalized environment with an easy access to goods, services, and electronic services. Moscow has developed a good foundation to be turned into the smart city: PwC researchers have included it into the top 5 megalopolises prepared for innovations.
The Russian capital has already launched a variety of e-services that significantly simplify citizens’ life:
- Public Services Portal. It allows people in Moscow to arrange a visit to a doctor or get in line at a nursery school.
- Troika Transport Card. A travel card for the majority of means of transport, including the monorail.
- EMIAS: a service for arranging visits to doctors.
- Intelligent transportation system that collects and analyzes data as well as predicts a traffic situation and provides a display board.
Smart city aspects also include Wi-Fi. There are about 2000 free hotspots within the Garden Ring Road; vehicles are integrated with the seamless network: connection is kept during transferring from one mode of transport to another. Besides, Moscow is ahead of the rest cities in terms of video camera covering.
Therefore, Moscow is Russia’s smartest city, which is ready to keep advancing in this sector.
Sobyanin explains that further efforts will focus on combining all the services into a single system and integrating the urban infrastructure with the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and voice and face recognition services. The Smart City project is based on the concept supposing that users will require only one entry point to get an access to all services.
The first steps towards the integration of the Smart City project in Moscow were done in 2019. To implement this system, Moscow is going to share experience with Helsinki. Their cooperation program will be effective from 2018 to 2021.