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Smart City pilots in Eastern Europe: next stop Bucharest

Smart City pilots in Eastern Europe: next stop Bucharest
Telekom Romania and Cisco presented the first integrated Smart City pilot in the 4th district of Bucharest.
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Smart City pilots in Eastern Europe: next stop Bucharest

Smart City pilots in Eastern Europe: next stop Bucharest

Markus Wissmann
Cisco
Director of Sales, Smart Cities at Cisco EMEAR

April 26, 2016
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A month ago, I had the privilege to join Dubrovnik Mayor Andro Vlahušić and executives of Deutsche Telekom Group’s Croatian subsidiary at the inauguration of Croatia’s first Smart Street pilot.

Four weeks and 1,000 kilometers further, I am in Bucharest, where together with Telekom Romania we just announced the first integrated Smart City pilot in the 4th district of Bucharest. Based on Cisco  technology, the Telekom Romania team implemented several solutions, including Smart Parking, Wi-Fi connectivity, City Safety and Smart Lighting. These solutions are integrated on Cisco’s digital platform that aggregates all data and makes it visible on one single dashboard.

Smart City solutions such as these can help unlock data hidden away in departmental and agency siloes and make it available to address citywide challenges, from traffic to lighting or parking. Combined with data coming from intelligent sensors in a standardized format, municipalities are able to create new revenue streams, reduce costs and operate more effectively. At Cisco, we are proud to contribute to the digital transformation of cities and enable them to see their infrastructure assets as opportunities.

Thanks to Telekom Romania, we have some videos to share, so you can check out how some of these solutions work in practice:

  • Smart Parking with Tap & Park mobile app: helps drivers identify available parking spaces. The app is now available for IoS and soon for Android and Windows mobile. The solution also has a module that gives visibility to the local authority or parking administration on the parking space occupancy and traffic situation.
  • In the designated area of the Smart City pilot, visitors can use free Internet access. The Wi-Fi solution can be extended to include data analytics, for example for traffic monitoring purposes.
  • The City Safety solution includes a video surveillance system and an application which is able to alert authorities in case their intervention is required, such as in case of vandalism or illegal parking. See video.
  • Smart Lighting is deployed on eight poles. These are equipped with LED lights and controllers sensitive to movement and ambient light intensity. They can be controlled remotely or automatically to increase the light intensity whenever somebody passes by.

All these solutions were implemented in Tineretului Park, a large and very popular public park in the Southern part of Bucharest. The park has a lake, fountains, numerous playgrounds and a mini-town for children. And from today, it also has some great smart city solutions.

Where will the journey continue? Watch this space for more exciting Smart City news.

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