Skolkovo solutions and smart cities in Russia: digest of IoT news
Discover in our news’ digest how Skolkovo offers to control employee performance, what IoT solutions will be presented in Novosibirsk, and what the installation of facial recognition system will lead to.
Russia to integrate smart city system at the state level
Russia will launch a Smart city system. The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation has started selecting technologies that can be integrated into the urban environment, making it convenient and technological. There are more than 100 options qualifying for the smart city project.
Know-hows include mobile apps for citizens and managing companies, remote counter data collection systems, smart children's playground and bicycle lanes, sleeping traffic signals, underground dumpsters, and many other things.
Now, the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities is preparing a list of pilot cities to test these solutions. It is existing city challenges related to traffic signals, traffic jams, garbage, etc. that will play a critical part in selection. Some of the cities are already known.
Novosibirsk to become one of the first smart cities
Novosibirsk is included in Russia’s top 18 pilot cities where one will implement a project on integrating intelligent systems into the urban resource management.
Novosibirsk is going to test both comprehensive technological solutions and point smart developments, which are able to make inhabitants’ life more comfortable. For example, mobile apps for managing companies synchronized with the state information system of housing and public utilities.
Self-driving cars to enter Moscow and Tatarstan roads this spring
Autonomous cars will be tested on the roads of Moscow and Tatarstan in spring 2019. UAV testing procedures will require about three or four months.
“We were planning to begin this project in November 2018, but the Ministry of Transportation and the Russian Highways State Company (Avtodor) delayed project procedures,” stresses Alexander Gurko, Head of Autonet National Technological Initiative.
According to him, designing will take place in December, while the first UAVs will enter the roads in four or five months after it. Such companies as Scania, Volvo, GAS, AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, and Volkswagen have expressed interest in the project.
Moreover, the М-11 speedway will test self-driving cars connected to the V2X system in 2019.
“The integration of V2X communication technologies into the road infrastructure will allow to reduce the amount of road accidents by 80%,” Mr. Gurko adds.
Skolkovo to design personnel control system
Skolkovo’s new solution will allow to monitor staff moving within the company. A multi-purpose smart bracelet will be able to constantly track employee’s health and workload. It will help employers to allocate tasks among team members in the best possible way. Specialists believe that the integration of similar systems can significantly increase work performance.
The solution is called CPS: it is a hardware and software system consisting of a multifunctional bracelet put on an employee’s hand and various signal receivers (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio beacons and so on) installed in the territory of the enterprise. The kit includes unique software processing bracelet data.
Moscow authorities plan to install facial recognition systemthrough the city in 2019
Within 2018, the authorities of Moscow have replaced 40% of all the city cameras with smart observation systems with a human identification option.
According to Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, the first experiments carried out in the Moscow Metro and several regions gave positive results: one found dozens of wanted criminals. By the way, Mr. Sobyanin has not disclosed detailed information about criminals caught due to the facial recognition system.
This is not just about equipping the city with video cameras, but about the facial and action recognition system. If someone quickly runs, holding a prohibited item such as a weapon, emergency services are automatically called. These technologies will be adopted as part of the Smart city project.
Besides, means of transport in large cities are already equipped with passenger monitoring cameras, which means that the infrastructure for such a system is created, at least partially.