Smart Prague concept launched

New technology should transform the city by 2030

A more comfortable life in Prague and a more prosperous city with sustainable development are the main goals of the long-term Smart Prague concept, which should be implemented by 2030.

The municipal company Operátor ICT wants to achieve the goals with the active use of modern technologies. The concept has six areas where the introduction of technologies will have the greatest impact: Mobility of the Future, Smart Buildings and Energy, Waste-free City, Attractive Tourism, People and the Urban Environment, and the Data Arena.

The full concept for the project was introduced June 5. “I'm glad we managed to set up and start the Smart Prague concept in this spirit. Everyone nowadays tries to be 'smart' because it is modern, and if it is done well, it is also effective. On the other hand, it would not be good if the individual projects were prepared in isolation and uncoordinated. For such large projects it is important that cooperation takes place at all levels, both in the implementation and in the subsequent work with the data. The analysis and use [of data] will be absolutely crucial in the future of the city,” Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) said in a press release.

Operátor ICT (OICT) was commissioned at the end of last year to implement the Smart Prague concept. The city-run company will not take over any responsibilities from existing city agencies. It will be “competency neutral” and simply support the city's technological changes into the future.

“I believe that a clear concept, together with the highly competent OICT project team, will help the city react to modern technological trends more efficiently and proactively. We are already implementing the first steps toward its fulfillment. These will be more visible to the citizens of Prague from the second half of the year,” Vladimír Zadina, the board member responsible for Smart Prague, said in a press release.

“Thanks to the long-term focus of the concept, we can, in cooperation with the public, the Czech Technical University, Charles University and other city companies, support the sustainable development of Prague until 2030. The Smart City is not just technology by itself, it's also its clever use to bring the maximum benefit to the city inhabitants,” Zadina added.

The concept is built on the city's long-term priorities as stated its strategic plan. Development will include monitoring global trends in technological development and using the best practices from similar projects. The system will use a citywide data platform that allows data to be evaluated and interpreted by citizens and companies.

The Czech Technical University (ČVUT) and Charles University will be the Smart City project's strategic partners whose experts will be involved in the preparation and implementation of individual projects. ČVUT will cover the area of technology, while Charles University be involved with the direct use of technology by people.

OICT will appeal to the lay and professional public to engage in the project creation and preparation. Interest will be supported by the Smart Prague website and on social networks. Any citizen or visitor to Prague can use a simple form on the web to send an idea or suggestion for change. OICT will evaluate the ideas in cooperation with university experts and the city management. Selected proposals will then be included in the forthcoming pilot projects.

Operátor ICT is not new to implementing projects for the city. The company operates the Lítačka card system for public transportation.

You can follow the Smart City project of Facebook www.facebook.com/SmartPrague and Twitter twitter.com/Smart_Prague or on its website smartprague.eu

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