Moscow made it to the finals of the prestigious World Smart City Awards international competition for its entry titled “City as a service platform: new concept of public services for 12.5 mln citizens”. The results of the annual competition that recognises the most outstanding urban IT achievements were announced at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona.
Andrei Belozerov, Deputy Head of the Department of Information Technology, presented Moscow’s bid. According to Mr Belozerov, the city has established a unique centralised platform allowing its residents to use over 200 mobile and online services 24 hours a day. Moscow residents use the services over 350 million times annually. This infrastructure is open for outsider developers who can also create their own services using the Open Data website and city systems’ application programming interfaces (APIs).
The conversion of the most popular services into the online format allows the city to collect substantial data on their use and to create services anticipating popular demand. In May 2016, the Mosrobot personal notifications service started operating here.
New York City, the largest mega-city in the world, received the 2016 World Smart City Award for an expert strategy for developing a smart city that will eradicate digital inequality.
Other finalists included Seoul, the capital of South Korea, India’s Pune, Jiucuan municipality in China’s Gansu Province and the Hollands Kroon community in the North Holland Province of the Netherlands. A record-breaking number of entries from 40 countries were submitted this year.
Moscow also ranked among the finalists of the 2015 World Smart City Awards competition in the City category, after presenting its Active Citizen project. In July 2016, PricewaterhouseCoopers published a survey listing Moscow among global leaders introducing applied technological solutions in the area of city management. The Russian capital outstrips London, Sydney, New York City and Barcelona in terms of digital healthcare networks.