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Hot IoT news of Russia: ‘smart’ fabrics, new mobile IoT network and Chief Digital Officer in ministries

Hot IoT news of Russia: ‘smart’ fabrics, new mobile IoT network and Chief Digital Officer in ministries

The Internet of Things is gradually being introduced into various sectors of life of Russians, including state authorities. Follow the latest developments in Russian IoT in our digest.

Ministries of the Russian Federation will introduce the post of Chief Digital Officer

At the conference Digital Economy: Breakthrough into the Future, Konstantin Noskov, the Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, told about the introduction of a new position in the Russian government: the Chief Digital Officer.

It is expected that with the introduction of the Deputy Minister for Digital Development position the Internet economy in the executive bodies will change dramatically. The Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media itself should be transformed into the Ministry of Digital Development.

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has already given the go-ahead for the introduction of the post of Chief Digital Officer. CDOs in the ministries will be subordinated to the profile vice-prime ministers.

Russia will have a single laboratory for studying ‘smart’ fabrics

At the end of the year, the Russian Federation will open a federal testing center in Russia, which will develop new standards for the consumer goods and textile industries.

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Evtukhov, this center will test new types of fabrics, in particular smart materials capable of responding to environmental fluctuations and adapting to them. They have high level of biocompatibility and thromboresistance, can change color, activate water resistance or antibacterial properties.

Modified materials are used mainly in the military sector and medicine. For example, to equip different kinds of troops or manufacture artificial blood vessels and heart valves.

The Innovation Center will become a single place of industry standardization in the country where all technical regulations of the consumer goods industry will be conducted.

Beeline tests the NB-IoT network in Moscow

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The mobile operator Beeline recently launched a test network of the NB-IoT standard in the ‘smart’ neighborhoods of Moscow, in particular in Marino.

On the basis of IoT network since 2017, Beeline introduced the program ‘Smart Quarter’ in the area of seven apartment buildings in Moscow. It is possible to connect to the network and work using new standard free of charge until the end of the year. The network is available for projects on automated lighting of public places, automatic transfer of meter readings, accounting for resource consumption by the population, etc.

Similar pilot tests were conducted by all network operators of the Big Three. In the future, they plan to expand the test area, making it available to large corporations and advanced IoT startups.

Russian schools introduce video identification system for individuals

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The Russian Ministry of Education told about the introduction of an innovative face recognition system in schools. Now, only those related to the school can enter it.

According to the Minister of Education Olga Vasilyeva, the new video system for identifying individuals is much more perfect and profitable compared to traditional security systems.

It is not the first case of introducing new technologies in Russian schools. There are already electronic libraries, multimedia equipment, non-cash settlements in canteens, digital records management, management of school report cards and magazines.

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