Smart City pilots in Eastern Europe: next stop Bucharest
Director of Sales, Smart Cities at Cisco EMEAR
Digital Business, Smart and Connected Communities
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:
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.