Case study assesses Moscow’s smart city journey

March 23rd, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

A new case study from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) offers an evaluation of Moscow’s progress in meeting the objectives of its smart city strategies and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The case study, Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Moscow​, was undertaken using the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Smart Sustainable Cities developed by the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative.

The case study traces Moscow’s smart city journey from its origins in its 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-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 the city’s performance using U4SSC indicators that measure impact on three dimensions: the economy, environment and society and culture.

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, the city has adopted vibrant policies for ICT development and proliferation. These aspects are clearly reflected in the good performance by Moscow, as presented in the report, within the sub-dimensions of “ICT” and “Productivity”.

The case study serves as a reference point to other cities in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent State countries – as well as to cities around the world pursuing greater efficiency and sustainability. The findings of the case study will feed into the work of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization 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.

U4SSC has developed a “Collection methodology for the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities” to guide cities in their collection of core data and information necessary to assess  their progress in becoming a Smart Sustainable City. 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.

This case study follows prior smart city case studies of Dubai and Singapore. These have made valuable smart cities experiences and knowledge available to other cities around the world. This reporting also solicits feedback that helps cities to refine their smart city strategies.

Contact Katya Nagibina, IT Department Of Moscow Government,

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