The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has placed Moscow among the top seven finalists of the most intelligent city contest. Selection criteria included the level of IT development and the role technology plays in the city’s daily life. The results of the contest were announced in New York.
Apart from Moscow, the status was granted to six other cities: Edmonton and Grey County in Canada, Melbourne and Ipswich in Australia, and Chiayi and Taoyuan in Taiwan.
Melbourne has become this year’s winner. Overall, 380 cities on the planet competed for the most intelligent city title in 2017.
Robert Bell, a co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, visited Moscow before the results came out. During his three-day stay, the expert had an opportunity to judge the level of IT development in the Russian capital.
Robert Bell said he was amazed that within just five to six years, Moscow has created a digital infrastructure that is transforming people’s lives. The years of efforts allowed Moscow authorities under the Mayor’s leadership to achieve great results. The system-wide approach to development and greater transparency of all the processes are impressive, Robert Bell added.
The expert visited the Traffic Management Centre, which conducts 24-hour video monitoring of the traffic on Moscow’s roads. He also learned about the work of the Moskva Technopolis, as well as My Street improvement project and the Unified Medical Information Analysis System (UMIAS), which was set up as part of the city’s healthcare modernisation programme and is now gradually encompassing all the health facilities of the city. The project automates the functions that are needed both by outpatient clinics and patients, including remote appointment booking, electronic prescriptions, sick leaves and many other services.
Robert Bell participated in a roundtable discussion with business community representatives held at the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, which is part of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.
The expert was particularly excited to meet with students of Moscow’s School No. 627. The students showed their work in the engineering and health sciences classrooms equipped within the framework of the Moscow E-School project. The platform includes an electronic diary with an enhanced range of opportunities, a library of e-documents, interactive boards connected to the internet and the library. The cutting-edge equipment has already been installed in six Moscow schools. Interactive panels, laptops and tablets are used in the classrooms. All the city’s schools will join the project by the end of 2018.