The Czech capital faces new challenges. How to approach the public space development issue in a sustainable manner, which will bring an improved comfort and new services to its inhabitants? How to respond to the growing number of the capital’s population and thus to greater demands on the city infrastructure?
The Smart Prague 2030 concept can answer some of these questions. The concept is based on the use of the latest technologies for transforming the capital to a better living space. The strategy of the city is ambitious - it fundamentally and structurally changes the city by the means of time-proven innovative technologies.
The Smart Prague concept is based on the worldwide known Smart Cities concept. It was founded based on long-term priorities of the city, particularly defined by the Strategic Plan and by monitoring the world trends in the area of technological development. Six key areas, where the introduction of modern technologies will have the greatest positive impact on the life of the Prague inhabitants, have been defined: Mobility of the Future, Smart Buildings and Energies, Waste-free City, Attractive Tourism, People and the City Environment and the Data area. The Data area forms the heart of the entire concept. It will ensure the overall interconnection of all projects. The data platform, which will be built, will cover the entire city and will allow to assess and interpret municipal data as a whole for the first time in the city history. It will be used by the city management, companies and the public. Such work with the data can, for example, predict free parking spots in real time, thus contributing to the solution of one of the tricky problems in Prague. Several technological innovations are being introduced in the city in a trial operation, which will test the given technologies. Their future expansion is subject to the assessment of their benefits. We will thus reduce the risk of wasted investments into new technologies implemented on a large scale.
Operator ICT plays the manager role in coordinating the fulfilment of the concept. Nevertheless, the city authorities decide about the actual project implementations. The authorities are particularly advised by the Council Committee of the Capital of Prague for the development of the Smart Cities concept in Prague and, when applicable, the Smart Cities Committee at the Prague City Hall. The key factor for the success of the Smart Prague concept is the involvement of individual municipal companies and municipal authorities. When addressing the projects, Operator ICT cooperates with the Technical Administration of Roadways of the Capital of Prague, the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Prague Public Transit Co. and several other Prague entities. The objective is to interconnect all activities that support the Smart Prague concept to a maximal extent. Cooperation with the academic sector is similarly important for maintaining high quality and expertise of the modernization of the city space. Intensive consulting with the Technical University in Prague, Charles University and other academic institutions is also taking place. Nevertheless, the Smart Prague project is mainly being implemented for the Prague inhabitants, and that is why we communicate with professional as well as lay public. Utilizing the “I Have an Idea” campaign, we gather ideas about how the streets of Prague should look like and we strive to put them in life.
The detection of motion, light, smoke or temperature changes - this is just a fraction of the data that can be captured by technologies and acted upon.
Access to data in real-time enables an earlier response to be coordinated to a current situation, or before it actually happens.
Technologies can make city management easier, for example, transport, energy supplies and air quality control.
It´s not just us. With the permission of Prague City, we are currently actively cooperating with Charles University and the Czech Technical University in Prague. Academics help us to evaluate the projects and create groups of qualified workers.
We work on the data platform together with the Prague Institute of Planning and Development and we participate in organizing events where interesting ideas are generated e.g. Prague hackathons.
To encourage public engagement, we ask for your ideas, too. Do you know how to make Prague a better place to live? Contact us via the web form, or via Facebook or Twitter.
We bring together specialists from the private, public and academic sectors to participate in selected projects.
Project Management Office
We will do our best to make Prague a smart city by 2030.
For me, Smart City is a concept that utilizes the most modern technologies to create a better functioning city that is both economical and provides its inhabitants, visitors and tourists with a comfortable life, as well as saves and improves the quality of the environment. The capital city will not finance the smart projects in full, it is expected that the private sector will step in to fill the gap.
We will combine different types of financing because we do not want to use only public funds. Prague sees its role as being the coordinator of ideas that are brought forward. Cooperation between the public sector, schools, citizens and companies is very important to us. To generate results, Prague needs to create the right conditions, develop the infrastructure and connect the creative part with the business community. Smart Prague is, for me personally, a city where we will all be happy to live in.
We are reviewing all innovation options and processing a plan that will be used for their implementation.
Particular proposals will help us to set milestones for the implementation of individual projects.
Individual projects are starting to appear in the public space. You may come across them on the streets and in buildings.
Modern technologies help us and have become a part of our everyday lives, and we must fully utilize their potential.