Findings of the case study will feed into the work of the ITU’s expert group leading the development of standards for smart cities
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies, has undertaken a study of Moscow’s smart city journey.
Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Moscow assesses Moscow’s smart city performance using the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Smart Sustainable Cities, developed by the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative. These measure the impact on the economy, environment and society and culture.
It traces the Russian capital’s smart journey from its roots in Moscow’s Information City strategy launched in 2011 to its successor the Smart Moscow 2030 strategy. It highlights the role of Moscow’s Government in coordinating the implementation of a wide range of smart city projects in the city and how these projects have substantially improved the quality of life for city residents.
“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."
Information and communication technology (ICT) is a recognised key contributor to the Moscow economy. Building on its strengths and maintaining ICTs as a strategic lever, Moscow has adopted vibrant policies for ICT development and proliferation.
“No matter whether it is Moscow, Singapore or Barcelona – every city has the same task to make their residents’ lives enjoyable, safe and comfortable”
The case study also serves as a reference point to other cities in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent State countries as well as to cities around the world, which are pursuing greater efficiency and sustainability.
“Moscow has made a rapid smart city journey from 2011 and we are keen on keeping up with the pace,” said strategy and innovations advisor to the chief information officer of Moscow, Andrey Belozerov. “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 (ITU-T) 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 findings will also be taken up by the U4SSC initiative, which advocates for public policy to ensure that ICTs, and ICT standards in particular, play a definitive role in the transition to smart sustainable cities. U4SSC also promotes the adoption of international standards in reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the reporting of associated experiences.
The Moscow case study follows prior smart city case studies of Dubai and Singapore.
U4SSC has developed a methodology for collecting KPIs for Smart Sustainable Cities to guide cities in gathering core data and information necessary to assess progress. It is supported by 16 United Nations bodies, including ITU, and is open to the participation of all stakeholders interested in driving smart city innovation.
The collaboration encouraged by U4SSC has led more than 50 cities to measure their smart city strategies using the KPIs, which are based on the ITU international standard.
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