Lessons from Moscow in how to do smart city

As cities rush to embrace smart technology globally, it seems that there could be ‘platform’ lessons from Russia

For the thousands of football fans travelling across Russia for the World Cup, smart technology was unlikely to be on their ‘check it out’ lists. Yet, the digitally savvy could have saved themselves local hassle on transport at least – Moscow is one of the world leaders in Smart City development and another 18 cities are taking part in a national smart technology project.

Developing countries are in the lead when it comes to building Smart Cities, according to a report just out from international consultants McKinsey. Apart from Moscow, cities topping the McKinsey list include Dubai, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Shanghai. Transport solutions are the most often accessed, according to the report, with over 60% of the population using them. (Read more…)