The future of the “Digital city” and change of the urban environment discussed at the “Open innovations” forum

20.10.2020

On Monday, October 19, the Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” started, which in 2020 is being held completely online. One of the first sessions of the forum was the discussion “Digital City and Smart Development. How the urban environment will change thanks to new urban technologies ”, in which the Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services Maxim Yegorov took part.

The panelists touched upon the topic of introducing new solutions into the urban environment and increasing its comfort, discussed how technologies are changing the life of cities and townspeople, as well as the future of “smart” cities in Russia and the role that business plays in them.

Maxim Egorov spoke about the work of the Ministry of Construction in terms of creating conditions for creating a comfortable urban environment, as well as for introducing “smart” technologies into city management.

As the deputy minister noted, the ministry is implementing several federal and departmental projects: “Formation of a comfortable urban environment”, “Smart city”, “Ensuring a sustainable reduction of unsuitable housing stock”, “Pure water” – and all of them, one way or another, are aimed to improve the quality of life in Russian cities.

“The urban environment includes literally everything that surrounds us: from utilities to public transport stops. All of these elements must be comfortable. Nevertheless, the environment itself is no longer only in the construction of facilities, but also in the digitalization of the urban economy. Thanks to such decisions, cities become more convenient and safer, as well as more “responsive” – ​​thus, residents can take a direct part in their transformation, influence decisions. Therefore, our task as a government body is to help, stimulate and remove barriers in the implementation of the latest technologies, as well as scale and standardize effective solutions, ”said Maxim Egorov.

Thus, according to the “Smart City” standard, digital platforms are being created in the regions to involve citizens in decision-making processes for the development of cities. In more than half of the subjects, events are being held to create digital platforms for engaging citizens, primarily for conducting rating voting; in 16 regions, these platforms are already fully prepared. A total of 1.3 million people have already taken part in online events.

For better city management in many regions, “Digital twins” are being created that allow synchronizing and linking together all internal structures – water supply, electrification, gas supply, road congestion, health services, which accelerate the exchange of information between city structures. At the same time, Regional Governance Centers (SDGs) enable the use of big data for decision-making at different levels.

Energy-efficient technologies and control systems for organizing street lighting can significantly reduce costs, freeing up resources for other projects, and the introduction of systems for automatic photo and video recording of traffic violations, violations in courtyards makes the city safer.

Source: Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation