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ITU shines light on Moscow’s ‘smart city’ strategy

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The International Telecommunication Union has released a study showing Moscow's progress in meeting the objectives of its "smart city" strategies and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

The ITU case study traces Moscow's smart city journey from its origins in Moscow's Information City strategy launched in 2011 to its successor the Smart Moscow 2030 strategy – and highlights the role of Moscow's Government in co-ordinating the implementation of a wide-array of smart city projects in the city and how these projects have substantially improved the quality of life for city residents.

The report assesses Moscow's smart city performance using U4SSC indicators that measure impact on three dimensions: the economy, environment and society & culture.

The study reveals that Information and Communication Technology is a recognised key contributor to the Moscow economy, and building on its strengths and maintaining ICT as a strategic lever, Moscow has adopted vibrant policies for ICT development and proliferation.

“Home to more than 12 million people, Moscow is the largest urban area on the European continent," said ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao.

“Considering the size of Moscow and its population, this case study offers a unique set of lessons learned for other cities around the world developing a 'smart city' strategy. I commend Moscow's leaders for their efforts to share these experiences and this knowledge with the international community, towards creating a 'smart' world for everyone, everywhere."

Strategy and Innovations adviser to the chief information officer of Moscow, Andrey Belozerov, said Moscow had made a “rapid smart city journey from 2011 and we are keen on keeping up with the pace”.

“No matter whether it is Moscow, Singapore or Barcelona, every city has the same task to make their residents' lives enjoyable, safe and comfortable.

“We are happy to contribute to this research as it is important to develop universal metrics to access city performances all around the world."

The findings of the case study will feed into the work of ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Sector Study Group 20, the expert group leading the development of ITU standards for the Internet of Things and smart cities. These standards assist in optimising the application of ICTs within smart cities, in addition to supporting efficient data processing and management.

The Moscow case study follows prior smart city case studies of Dubai and Singapore which the ITU says have made valuable smart cities experiences and knowledge available to other cities around the world – with feedback that helps cities to refine their smart city strategies.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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