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October 24, 2019

Experts discussed what data is needed to create Data Driven Cities

Data become an integral part of any process in today's world. Cities are no exception. Data-driven city - the concept of data-based cities has become one of the key concepts in urban planning, urbanization and digital transformation of states and countries. What is needed to create data-based cities, experts talked about at the session "Data Driven City. A city that knows" during the Open Innovations Forum. The session was moderated by Andrey Sharonov, President, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management

Aleksey Parabuchev, Director General of the Agency for Innovations of Moscow, told how the capital works with data. "The city of Moscow produces a huge amount of data. Also here there is a considerable quantity of the corporations which are making the data: cellular operators, financial institutes and other companies". From the latter: the city has introduced an intelligent traffic system, a project to build its future "Profliner" for schoolchildren, a project to collect garbage based on information about the occupancy of tanks.

VEB Ventures CEO Oleg Teplov noted that "the introduction of at least a small share of innovations in a large number of cities at once gives immediate effect. However, municipalities often lack the funds to implement it. Businessmen and PPP projects come to the rescue here.

Karen Malkhasyan, Deputy Director of the Department of Regional Cooperation of Rosatom, spoke about how small towns can afford to implement innovations. "The sector of digital technologies and smart solutions in cities will grow. The only difference is the speed of implementation in different cities. "Technologies will come to cities. Cities should only be able to accept them. The main thing is how to ensure the entry of technologies, who will pay for their implementation. There are no funds in the budgets for this. Some technologies become cheaper over time and come to the cities themselves. Others do not. The city's Big Data can become a vivid example, becoming the most accessible development tool.

Boris Glazkov, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Rostelecom, noted that the most difficult thing is to "launch the data market". There is data, but there is no experience of its use. "It is important to create an innovative environment where ideas come from. Boris noted that one tool should be used several times in different ways. This is an excellent growth point.

Speakers agreed that in most cities the current state of infrastructure is not ready to accept technology - there are no 5G networks, data-centers and work specialists. However, the synergy between business, cities and people is changing the situation for the better.

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