Moscow residents suggest over 2,000 ideas for Smart City 2030 strategy

Moscow residents suggest over 2,000 ideas for Smart City 2030 strategy
The high-level Smart City 2030 strategic long-term document sets forth the goals, tasks and directions of Moscow’s subsequent development as an innovative smart city.

Over 3,500 city residents have finished discussing the Smart City 2030 strategy on the Moscow Government’s crowdsourcing platform. Head of the Moscow Information Technology Department Artyom Yermolayev is to meet with the most active participants by late August, summing up the project’s results. The strategy will include the best initiatives supported by city residents. “Such a high-level document is being discussed with the business community and city residents for the first time. People-friendliness is the main principle of the Smart City project. People should take part in running and developing the city at every level. Moscow’s Active Citizen project and the crowd.mos.ru crowdsourcing platform carry out this concept,” Deputy Head of the Moscow Information Technology Department Alexei Chukarin said.

City residents put forward 2,069 ideas, posted 6,263 comments, gave over 12,000 marks and watched six webinars on futuristic technologies. They proactively discussed all available ideas. Project participants focused on the Smart City concept and key technologies, due to drastically change the local way of life, as well as specific long-term initiatives dealing with the social sector, culture, the Open Government, education, the urban environment, the housing and utilities sector, transport and healthcare.

They suggested creating an integral digital map of all utilities and installing the Internet of Things sensors that collect and analyse infrastructure wear-and-tear data. While discussing transport issues, they proposed installing smart lights at pedestrian crossings as well as intelligent traffic lights that would assess traffic intensity and independently preprogram green and red lights. This measure would help reduce gridlocks at intersections. Regarding healthcare, they suggested developing exoskeletons for rehabilitation purposes and called for establishing mobile apps that would monitor people’s health. 

The authors of the Smart City 2030 strategy obtained feedback from over 20,000 experts and business community representatives, as well as from all local executive agencies, before launching the discussion at the crowdsourcing platform. An estimated 500 proposals were received, with discussion participants downloading the strategy’s materials over 4,000 times. The document was discussed with experts and representatives of the IT and telecommunications sector on the ICT.Moscow aggregator platform.

The high-level Smart City 2030 strategic long-term document sets forth the goals, tasks and directions of Moscow’s development as an innovative smart city. Information and communication technologies make it possible to boost local living standards and to ensure more cost-effective management and service-provision processes. The Information Technology Department is drafting the document with the help of city residents, experts and business community representatives.