Minister of Communications Lucian Sova at the “Different City – Smart City National Debate 2014-2020”: As far as traffic is concerned, Smart City concept could fill in for lack of road infrastructure

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The implementation in Romania of the Smart City concept could fill in, at least as far as traffic is concerned, for the lack of road infrastructure faced by most urban communities and not only, considers Minister of Communications and Information Society Lucian Sova.

“It is obvious that we greatly need to adopt technological solutions, other than classic ones. I support this Smart City concept from the perspective of the responsibilities that fall on me at the ministry. We must admit that all Romania’s urban are faced with issues related to traffic, management, public lighting. Under these circumstances, I believe the mayors need to get involved, of the ones who have to implement modern smart city technologies. At least as far as road traffic is concerned, the Smart City concept can fill in for the lack of road infrastructure faced by most urban communities and not only. I believe that this concept and this initiative that has the state’s support can move from the stage of debate to the stage of hard facts,” the minister on Tuesday told the conference “Different City – Smart City National Debate 2014-2020”.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCSI) published in a first at the end of 2016 the Smart City Guide, which the authorities describe as a community assessment tool and a review of best international practices in the field. The document practically set the foundation for the most ambitious IT infrastructure project and not only, which will be rolled out on December 1, 2018, at the Great Union Centennial celebration in Alba Iulia.

“Alba Iulia Smart City 2018” is a national project aimed at building Romania’s top modern and intelligent city. It already relies on the development of public-private partnerships that will lead to the integration of solutions from various activity sectors at local and regional level.

In this context, a survey conducted by the Alba Iulia City Hall in cooperation with experts from Siemens (one of the many leading companies involved in the project), shows that the potential value of the direct and indirect benefits generated by smart technologies in Alba Iulia could reach 532 million euro over the next three decades.

The Embassy of the Netherlands and international consultants in smart city strategies are attending Tuesday and Wednesday the second edition of the 2017 – 2020 national debate “Different City – Smart City”, an event organized by the National Foundation of Young Managers and the Different Angle Cluster – the first cluster in the field of information technology and communications based in Bucharest.

Wednesday, the second day of the event, is reserved for bilateral business meetings that will take place at the Administration Club, the organizers said.

 

Dutch Ambassador: City of future means mobility

 

“An element which sets aside a smart city is mobility, and currently, the Netherlands is the only country in the world where there are more bicycles than people, for the Dutch being as natural a thing as possible to use this transport means to work”, Stella Ronner – Grubacic, the Netherlands Ambassador to Romania told Tuesday the conference titled “Different City – Smart City 2014-2020 National Debate”.

“We have 16 million inhabitants and 18 million bicycles. Any Dutch prefers this transportation means to go to work or other places in town. Perhaps you, who work in corporations, don’t think of this as the best solution of smart mobility, ” Grubacic mentioned.

The Netherlands Ambassador pointed out the fact that a trend towards the smart development of the cities has been set in motion, but it is rather slow.

“What we witness in Romania is that municipalities are swiftly catching up. The first time, I saw a Tesla vehicle in Cluj and I talked to the city’s mayor on the topic of electrical mobility. I am glad to announce today that the Dutch Government has decided to support a group of ten city halls in Romania so that their mayors visit the Netherlands, visit smart cities in our country, sometime next year. A rather slow SmartCity trend has been set in motion, but one that is heading towards a beneficial future for their cities and inhabitants. Intelligent governance is needed in order to implement a smart city. We are happy to see many private initiatives trying to create smart solutions to the issues we are up against. These solutions need to be adapted to the local circumstances. Smart Cities rely on the private initiative strength. The public and private sectors need to be equal partners for a smart future,” the Dutch official stated.