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October 22, 2021 09:01 am

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32 percent of residents have smart appliances at home, and every second family has a TV with Internet access. This became possible due to the quality and availability of mobile Internet in the capital.

Muscovites have begun to use mobile devices more often not only for making calls, but also for solving everyday tasks. In general, 91 percent of city dwellers aged 18 and over own a smartphone. 78 percent of them use mobile banking, 73 percent make purchases in online stores, 65 percent make contactless payments. O survey resultsHeld by the Metropolitan Department of Information Technology, told Natalia Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow.

For many residents, a mobile phone has become equivalent to a stationary computer or laptop. 73 percent of Muscovites who own a smartphone use it as often as a personal computer to shop online. A smartphone for games is used by 31 percent of respondents, 70 percent listen to music on it, 79 percent read books and news. In addition, the phone is used to watch movies and videos (58 percent). For comparison: in 2018, 40 percent of residents watched movies and videos on a smartphone, and 60 percent listened to music.

“Such studies help us assess the pace of digitalization and understand what devices Muscovites prefer to use for different purposes. Let me give you an example: 60 percent of the traffic on the portal in Moscow today comes from smartphones and tablets. That is why, for the convenience of residents, we are developing mobile applications as well. The main set of city services and online services is already available in them, ”noted Natalya Sergunina.

According to her, most of the public services in Moscow have been converted to electronic form. In total, over 380 services and services for residents have been digitized in the capital, more than 200 of which are intended for entrepreneurs.

According to the survey, Muscovites are increasingly purchasing additional devices for their smartphones – wireless headphones, fitness bracelets and smart watches (including for answering messages and calls). 32 percent of residents have smart appliances at home, and every second family has a TV with Internet access. This has become possible thanks to the quality and availability of the mobile Internet, as well as the growing interest in new online services and digital solutions.

“Thanks to the quality and availability of Internet services and the development of communications in the capital, digital technologies have penetrated all key spheres of life of Muscovites. This, in turn, stimulates the development of the IT market, promotes partnership between the city and business in creating a digital ecosystem. Over the past three years, the level of consumption of mobile Internet and media content using a smartphone has significantly increased in Moscow. In many functions, a mobile phone has already become equivalent to a stationary computer, moreover, it has practically replaced payment instruments, cameras and navigators. The city is continuously developing the digital environment, increasing the number and quality of electronic services, responding to the needs of residents, “- stressed

Edward Lysenko, Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the City Department of Information Technologies.

Smart city

Now you can make an appointment with a doctor, pay utility bills and fines, find out the water cut-off schedule, call a foreman and read the latest news not only on the portal, but also in the My Moscow and Moscow State Services applications, which are used by more than 5 people. 5 million people.

City services also support the trend for additional devices. So, users of health applications that are integrated with smartwatches, bracelets and other gadgets can set up synchronization of received data with electronic medical record… Today more than 1.3 million citizens use a medical card in the EMIAS.INFO mobile application. They have made over 96 million entries in the Health Diary section of their electronic medical records. Moreover, more than 90 percent of them are entered automatically using mobile devices synchronized with smart gadgets.

Moscow is ranked among the smartest metropolitan areas in the world, thanks in part to its well-developed urban Wi-Fi network. More than 21.5 thousand points of free Internet access cover streets, parks, public spaces, transport, cultural and other institutions.

The development of digital technologies in the Russian capital has been repeatedly noted by foreign experts. So, Moscow became one of the first 10 cities that have received a certificate of compliance with the international standard ISO 37122 “Sustainable cities and communities – indicators for smart cities.”

ISO 37122 certification reflects the effectiveness of technological solutions designed to improve the quality of life. These are 80 parameters that demonstrate the introduction of technology in such critical areas as urban planning, healthcare, education and others. The indicators were double-audited, first reviewed by representatives of the International Urban Data Council (WCCD), and then by independent experts.

Also Moscow is included in top-7 authoritative rating Smart Communities. When compiling it, the achievements of the capital in the development and use of communications, training of specialists in the IT field, increasing digital literacy, support and implementation of innovations were taken into account.

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