Dubrovnik paves the way to become a Smart City
Director of Sales, Smart Cities at Cisco EMEAR
Digital Business, Smart and Connected Communities
“The smart solutions applied in this street directly address our citizens’ day-to-day problems, such as traffic jams and the search for parking lots,” – said Mayor Andro Vlahušić, inaugurating Obala Stjepana Radića as the first Smart Street in Dubrovnik. But the mayor’s plans go beyond that: “We will continue to work on the comprehensive Dubrovnik Smart City project”, he added.
Croatia’s first Smart Street pilot features public lighting with a multi-functional sensory network and a variety of access technologies, from optical links to 4G and Wi-Fi. These technologies allow residents and visitors to obtain free of charge Internet access at high speed and throughput (50 Mbit/s).
The Smart Street project also includes a traffic management solution that uses cameras to identify traffic violations, in addition to innovative parking technology. The parking management system will recognize vehicles and automatically charge parking fees. It will also, both via smartphone application and via digital panels, provide real-time information on available parking spots, not only in Dubrovnik’s Smart Street, but all over the city.
An important part of the Smart Street pilot is the monitoring and control of environmental data, such as air pollution. All solutions are connected with the city’s existing systems, and the Cisco Digital Platform keeps all collected data open for development of new solutions.
Often called the “Pearl of the Adriatics”, Dubrovnik is one of the world’s top tourism destinations. For Mayor Vlahušić and the leaders of the city, this means meeting the needs of almost a million tourists a year, next to those of some 50,000 inhabitants. The Smart Street pilot and the Smart City plans are designed based on the specific requirements of the city and aim at addressing these with the help of technology. At Cisco we are proud to partner with Dubrovnik and Deutsche Telekom Group’s Croatian subsidiary Hrvatski Telekom to pave the way for Dubrovnik’s Smart City future.