A 5G demo center for testing promising technologies and city services is to be set up in Moscow. The center will be accessible for both Russian and foreign companies. This was announced by Alexander Gorbatko, deputy head of Moscow’s IT Department, at the Moscow Urban Forum.
The new laboratory will facilitate access to 5G technologies for entrepreneurs, create a local center of excellence, and help companies to find and retain specialists.
“This space will provide businesses with the opportunity to test new technology solutions and assess the merits of industrial application. The latest urban 5G technological solutions will also be tested at the demo-center.
The demo center will be open to major companies, as well as startups and research institutions. Access to the laboratories will be given to companies from different markets, not only the telecom sector. We are interested in finding joint business models for players in various markets - industry, medicine, transport, and other sectors of strategic importance to the city,” - said Gorbatko.
The demo center will operate on the principles of vendor neutrality, openness towards business, info security and compatibility, and “patent and technological integrity” in regards to equipment.
Agreement with the participants in the new 5G demo center will be signed in the near future.
As announced earlier this year, by the end of 2019 four 5G pilot zones will be developed in Moscow. Each of the zones will be operated by one of Russia’s four major telecom providers. The zones include VDNH park, Skolkovo, Tverskaya street and Sparrow Hills.
The Department of Information Technologies of Moscow (DIT) has been rapidly developing and actively growing for the past 5 years. During these years we have created over a thousand systems and services and we are pursuing the target of launching around 300 new projects annually. Today, we are proud of having digitalized over 166 state services, this is obviously more than any other region of Russia. Moreover, within the last years we have created an outstanding number of 178 portals, including the official Mayor and Government of Moscow web-site "mos.ru". Our systems cover over 60 industries and penetrate into each aspect of Moscow citizens' everyday lives, our products and services include:
- • Electronic queue for Civil registry office;
- • Arrangement of remote medical appointments;
- Personal electronic medical records;
- • Children assignment to kindergardens/schools/extracurricular activities;
- • Providing schools with cutting edge technological equipment;
- • Obtaining references, enquiries and services remotely;
- • Numerous projects in housing and public amenities, starting from telemetrics and
- • energetics to the possibility of submitting water usage information.
Current structure of the Department distinguishes up to 30 unique products and programs, including medical and education systems informatization, creation of crowdsourcing platforms, development of various resources and portals for Moscow and its citizens. We are aimed at continuing the process of effective informatization of the city with an emphasis on innovation development and advanced technologies application.