The Know Moscow Photo application has become a finalist in an international award competition in the category “best mobile app for state services in 2017.” Winners will be announced at the World Government Summit in Dubai on 12-14 February.
The Moscow application competed against over 20 products. The jury picked five; among them was the project by Moscow’s Department of Information Technologies.
The award was established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai. The award is aimed at stimulating governments to introduce innovative services that make government more open to the people.
The Know Moscow Photo app is the next step of Know Moscow, a joint project of the Department of Education, the Department of Cultural Heritage, the Department of Culture and the Department of Information Technologies. The project was launched in October 2015. It features 3D images of famous people placed in city streets using virtual reality technology and geotagging.
A compass shows the distance between the user and the nearest object, as well as directions. When arriving at the site, users can see the historical figure on their phone and even take a photo with the figure.
The app features high-res digital images of historical characters; users are able to view the details of the clothes of that time. Actors, dressed in costumes were used as models; they were scanned and then designers added more details to the images.
Users can meet nine historical figures in Moscow Streets: Viktor Tsoi, Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lomonosov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Yury Gagarin.
The project is aimed at promoting the history and culture of the city among young people. The app is popular among foreigners; in November 2016, Know Moscow Photo was translated into English.