Moscow's digital ecosystem was awarded with Runet prize

Moscow's digital ecosystem was awarded with Runet prize
Moscow projects became the best in the categories "State and Society", "Creative Industries", "Development of Domestic Tourism" and others.

Projects of the Moscow Government received the Runet Prize in five nominations at once, in particular in “State and Society”, “Creative Industries”, “Development of Domestic Tourism” nominations and others. Among the laureates are the digital ecosystem of Moscow, the service of short-term rent of urban spaces "Together with Culture", the Russpass tourist service and the portal. More than a thousand applications were submitted for the contest.

“This year the Moscow digital ecosystem celebrated its 10th anniversary — in 2011 we launched the first e-service. And now more than 380 useful digital services help residents in their daily life. The portal of the Mayor and the Moscow Government, the Electronic House and Our City platforms, useful mobile applications — each city project is designed to make it as easy as possible for Muscovites to solve everyday problems and free up time for what is really important to them. I would like to thank all the specialists who create and develop services in Moscow. Continuously improving such a powerful digital ecosystem is a lot of work. Congratulations on your well-deserved award!" commented Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Moscow Mayor.

According to her, with digitalization a fundamentally new standard of quality of life in the metropolis was set. Moscow became more human-centered, and former bureaucratic apparatus turned into user-friendly 24/7 service.

In 2021, the Runet Prize was awarded in six main nominations, such as State and society, Media and mass communications, Education and personnel, Economy and business, Science, technology and innovation, Health and healthcare, and in seven special nominations. Among them are "Development of domestic tourism", "Cultural projects in the network", "Gaming industry and eSports", "Creative industries".

State and Society nomination

The winner of the award in the category "State and Society" was the project "Digital Ecosystem of Moscow. City as a Service”. According to Natalia Sergunina, any technology is introduced in Moscow not for the sake of the technology itself, but in order to make life in the metropolis as comfortable as possible. Every citizen is at the center of digital transformation.

Moscow was the first in Russia to start providing government services online. At this stage, the Moscow digital ecosystem includes more than 10 online resources that solve various issues, and over 380 electronic services. With their help, Muscovites can make an appointment with a doctor or for a vaccination, enroll a child in a creative circle or a sports club, apply for a business subsidy. 14.4 million people are registered on the city portal, from where online services are provided.

Unnecessary visits to institutions, receipt and transfer of paper certificates are in the past: they are replaced by a few clicks. Since 2011, electronic services in Moscow were used more than two billion times. And their demand is growing every year: if in 2011 residents applied for electronic services only 57 thousand times, then by the end of 2020 this figure exceeded 400 million. Almost any household issue can be resolved online.

The digital ecosystem of Moscow is a complex of technological solutions, forming a single online environment with useful tools for every Muscovite. For example, a Mos ID account gives access to more than 150 resources — portals and mobile applications, including not only city sites but also popular private ones. Thanks to the development of digital interagency interaction, authorities receive almost all the necessary information from each other in electronic form, which saves citizens from the need to provide them and significantly saves time.

Development of Domestic Tourism nomination

Moscow projects Russpass and were jointly awarded in the special nomination "Development of Domestic Tourism".

The Russpass travel service was created at the initiative of the Moscow Government. To develop the project Moscow government cooperates with all regions of the country. The service began operating in the summer of 2020, and has since been used by 1.4 million people. Using the Russpass, one can plan an individual route in Russia, purchase ready-made tours, plane, train or museum tickets, and book a table in a restaurant. Today the service brings together more than 3.5 thousand offers for travelers. Last autumn Russpass presented a mobile application. It is available in three languages: Russian, English and Spanish.

All the basic information for travelers is accumulated by the official travel portal of Moscow Here you can find data on hundreds of attractions: old manors, cultural sites, museums and monuments. There you can also find a section with online excursions and virtual walks around the city, get acquainted with the gastronomic points of Moscow.

Creative Industries nomination

In the nomination "Creative Industries" Moscow service of short-term rental of urban spaces "Together with culture" won the Runet award. Since February of this year, Muscovites have the opportunity to rent premises in a library, museum or House of Culture in order to hold their event there — an exhibition, performance, or lecture. Now the service has more than 530 premises. In addition, the user can order the necessary equipment or request organizational assistance.

Other Moscow projects — laureates

Two more digital projects of the Moscow Government became laureates in 2021 — the use of computer vision in medicine, as well as virtual laboratories and the Moscow Electronic School (MES) progress report mobile application.

The Runet Prize is a prestigious national award in the field of information technology and electronic communications. This year it was awarded for the 18th time. For all the time, more than 360 organizations received this prize.

Moscow virtual map: updated city panoramas

Map section of the portal updated Moscow virtual panoramas.  New 3D photos were added to the selection, and for the easiness of users a toolbar was developed, which provides new opportunities for maps and images using. Now you can find out the exact date of the last panorama shooting of a particular street and measure the distance to the required object.

“The interactive map on is part of the Moscow Digital Twin system. In the past year, almost 1.5 million images were added to it, and there are already more than 11.4 million of them. For the first time, users have the opportunity to measure the distance from one object to another directly in the photo. The functionality also allows you to trace through archive footage how the city's appearance changed. To date, this is the most detailed map of Moscow with panoramic photographs,” Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor, said.

To use the Panorama function, go to the Map section of the portal. In the upper right corner, you click on a special icon. You can move around the map by clicking on the desired point (at the bottom of the screen) or with 360 degrees panorama scrolling.

A new toolbar that helps the user to work with panoramic images is located at the bottom of the screen. It has eight icons: Object Info, Length, Distance to Line, Vertical Distance, Polyline Length, Area, Plane, and Dual Screen mode. By clicking on each of them, you can get additional on the Moscow region and the panorama objects.

“Specialists shoot panoramas once or twice a year. Thanks to this, the map remains relevant. Information on it can be searched by thematic sections, for example, such as “My District”, “Repair and Reconstruction”, “Landscaping”, ” Eduard Lysenko, the Minister of the Moscow Government, head of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies, noted.

Thanks to the options in the toolbar, all panoramas are now interactive. Now you can also measure the area of buildings and any other structures. And by clicking on the "Objects information" button, it is easy to find out the address of the building or land plot and other data from the database of the Property Inventory and Registration Authority.

A tool "Dual Screen mode" allows you to display two panoramic pictures at the same time, taken from approximately the same point, but in different years. You can see how Moscow changed over the past time. In addition, the shooting date is now added to every panorama photo.

An interactive map on the portal is useful Moscow service that helps you easily navigate the city. The map shows Moscow in great detail: with its help, you can find any organization, the nearest bike rental or city Wi-Fi access point, as well as get information on the planned changes in neighboring and much more.

The panoramic car with four cameras on the roof is used for shooting in most cases. The car moves through the streets, and every 20-30 meters, all four cameras simultaneously take pictures. When the has no access by car the photo session is manual.  Every month the service is used by an average of 35 thousand people.