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Experts noted the achievements of the capital in the development and use of communications, participation of residents in urban governance, training of IT specialists, increasing digital literacy, as well as support and implementation of innovations.

Moscow has reached the final stage of the Intelligent Community Awards ranking for the second time since 2017. It includes cities that are examples of best practices in the development of communications, training, the use of innovation, digital inclusion, the involvement of residents in city management and maintaining the principles of sustainability. The prestigious international rating is annually compiled by the organization Intelligent Community Forum(ICF, USA).

“At the first stage, which took place in February this year, 21 cities from eight countries of the world were selected. At the second stage, an international group of independent experts selected seven finalists. Along with Moscow, these include cities from Canada, Australia, Vietnam and Brazil. The winner of the Intelligent Community Awards will be announced in the fall, ”said

Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

The jury of the competition assessed not only how the city infrastructure was developed, but also how effectively it was adapted to new economic challenges. In the field of developing broadband Internet access, Moscow presented a project city ​​network Wi-Fi… It includes more than 21,000 free Internet access points, as well as 5G pilot areas, launched in conjunction with telecom operators to study the application of fifth generation communication technologies.

“Thanks to the continuous development of urban digital technologies over the past four years, Moscow has been included in the list of smart cities for the third time according to Smart21 and for the second time in the top 7 Smart Communities. This undoubtedly testifies to the high appraisal of our work by foreign experts, ”said the Minister of the Moscow Government, head

Department of Information Technologies of the city of Moscow Edward Lysenko.

In the field of the formation of highly qualified personnel in Moscow, educational projects of the Moscow Government were noted. They are dedicated to pre-vocational education, within the framework of which various specialized classes have been created in Moscow schools, and the voluntary qualification exam. It is organized together with corporate partners to assess and select students according to the requirements of employers for further employment.

The project was also presented as important initiatives employment center “My career”… Here, residents can get assistance in finding suitable vacancies, advice from a professional career expert, psychological support, and also become a participant in training and webinars useful for employment. The center pays special attention to the most vulnerable categories in the labor market: women with children, youth, applicants of pre-retirement age, people with disabilities, low-income families.

The “Innovations” section presented the “Moscow Accelerator” – the flagship project of the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development, aimed at scaling innovative solutions in promising industries in partnership with large corporations – market leaders. Another project in this direction is the Moscow Innovation Cluster. It was created for the development of innovative organizations, projects and cooperation between large companies, industry, small and medium-sized businesses, educational, scientific organizations and the city. Opportunities for interaction between cluster members are provided by the online platform.

The Moscow Innovation Ecosystem is also included in the rating. The program allows developers to test their technologies in urban and commercial facilities even before they are released to the market, and for authorities and potential customers to analyze their effectiveness.

In the field of developing inclusion, creating intelligent communities and improving people’s access to digital technologies, a project was awarded “Moscow longevity”aimed at creating a network of free leisure activities for Muscovites of the older generation and expanding opportunities for their participation in cultural, educational, physical culture, health and other events.

A visual demonstration of new technologies offered in Moscow for residents of all ages is presented in the Smart City pavilion. This is a permanent exhibition of Smart City technologies, located on the territory of VDNKh. You can visit the pavilion free of charge, and there are guided tours for all guests several times a day.

“The 5G demo center, which is located in the“ Smart City ”pavilion, is part of the capital’s innovation pilot testing program. At this site, several technological projects are already being tested using fifth-generation communication networks. These are wireless optical communication in the 5G standard, VR and AR in architecture and construction, training in virtual reality through 5G, computer vision for drones and access control control with remote temperature measurement, “said the head of the capital

Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development Alexey Fursin.

The Moscow Demo Center is open for cooperation and continues to accept applications for testing from technology companies and universities. Citizens’ involvement in improving the quality of life is realized in the digital ecosystem of interaction between the city and residents. Project “Active citizen”allows each resident to take part in voting on topical issues of city development, the portal “Our town” – report a problem in the field of housing and public utilities and improvement, and with the help of “Cities of Ideas”you can offer your ideas as part of crowdsourcing projects.

The city also presented social projects. Among them is a charity service on the portal that helps residents make donations to trusted Moscow non-profit organizations and foundations, and service “Search for lost and found animals”, which helps the townspeople find their lost pet. A number of projects are aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability. We are talking about a set of services aimed at reducing water consumption in Moscow (a service for transmitting water meter readings, an interactive test and the “Price of Water” project based on AR technologies), as well as a portal Mosecomonitoring… It allows residents to monitor the condition and quality of air in their city or area online in real time.

The Intelligent Community Forum is a nongovernmental organization headquartered in New York. The ICF rating has been compiled since 2005. Tallinn is the current holder of the title and the Intelligent Community Awards.

Moscow Innovation Agencycreated by the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development. It brings together representatives of city authorities and businesses, as well as technology companies to jointly solve the problems of creating, testing and implementing innovative solutions in Moscow.

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