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December 8, 2022

Cluj IT cluster is developing the strategy for the first Smart City in Romania: Oradea

  • It’s the most complex approach of its kind in Romania; the strategy will be finalized this year


  • Ten thematic fields are targeted, from administration, infrastructure, mobility, energy and business to housing, education, culture, medicine and computer security


Cluj IT Association is developing the integrated informatization strategy of the Oradea Municipality. It’s the first structured approach in Romania to developing a Smart City. The project will provide Oradea a competitive advantage in the sustainable development and increased attractiveness for investors. The strategy will be achieved in six months. In the end, Oradea will have the needed frame to know how to connect all the services and online databases of the local institutions in a single platform. The project was presented at Oradea City Hall by the City-Manager Eduard Florea, Mayor Ilie Bolojan, General Marcel Opris – General Director of the Special Telecommunication Services (STS) and Stelian Brad, the President of the Cluj IT cluster.

“The informatization strategy of the Oradea Municipality represents the most complex approach of its kind in Romania and it will lead to creating the first Smart City of our country. We are convinced that this project will open the gates for an increased number of inventions at the local level and we are proud that the municipality of Oradea trusts our association’s expertise”, stated Stelian Brad, Cluj IT President.

According to the representatives of the Oradea City Hall, one of the major objectives of the project is to improve the life quality of the people. “When the citizen depends on the schedule of a cashier to pay a specific fee or to submit a complaint to an institution, his life quality is not a very good one. In these circumstances, technology may help us not to depend on time and space in our normal relations with an institution. The project is the most complex one in Romania in terms of the approach and makes Oradea to turn into a best practice example”, explained the Oradea City-Manager Eduard Florea. His words have been completed by the STS General Director Marcel Opris, who also mentioned the digital project for the local elections – the quick check of the voters by using tablets in the polling stations, and who underlined the importance to develop such technological projects.

The informatization strategy of the Oradea Municipality will describe all the necessary steps and procedures to turn the city in the first Smart City in Romania. This process will include all the public and private resources of the city: institutions, business environment and people. Programs will consider the simultaneous integration of ten thematic fields. The smart management will also bring the connection between all the services and online databases of all the institutions in the city; smart mobility will consider digital solutions for traffic and for parking in public places, while smart housing will include both smart houses and digital medicine. Education and culture are also considered, along with the community. Smart infrastructure will also cover the buildings, while energy will be considered by cogenerating and combining complementary energy sources. Environment, business and computer security are also thematic fields of this strategy.

The initiative of the Oradea City Hall was outlined at the beginning of this year, by using the model of Luxembourg, widespread in Western Europe. IT Cluj Association won the tender organized by the Municipality of Oradea for this project, for which seven bids were submitted; the value of the contract is RON 132,000 plus VAT. The co-opted experts by the Oradea City Hall for the selection of the winner were Bihor Special Telecommunication Service and Oradea Tech Hub.

Cluj IT is an innovative cluster association founded in October 2012. It is currently formed by 50 members: 34 IT companies with over 4,000 employees and a cumulated turnover of more than EUR 100 million, universities and research institutes, public institutions and catalyst organizations. Since it is a business initiative, the cluster aims to increase competitiveness in the IT sector and the visibility of the Romanian IT industry, as well as to turn Cluj into an innovative regional hub. Cluj IT’s mission is to become one of the most reliable innovative IT products and services and organizational support systems supplier in Central and Eastern Europe, until 2018. The cluster aims that the large majority of its members to become and remain competitive both on the Romanian and international markets. Today, Cluj IT holds the presidency of the IT Clusters Network in Balkans and Black Sea, being a member of the European Digital SME Alliance.

Photo source: www.oradea.ro

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