The Russian Digital RevolutionIntroduction
The framework of the Russian Digital Revolution has been laid out since 2011. Moscow’s high-tech foundation is being shaped by leveraging hardware infrastructure, automation of municipal facilities, provisioning digitals services, and citizen engagement. The juxtaposition of the industrial and digital revolution in Russia is that the Industrial Revolution hit the Russian Empire later than most other European and Western nations; most European and Western nations industrialized between 1760 to 1840s whereas the Russian Empire industrialized around the 1880s. Contrary to the late development of the Russian Industrialization, Moscow has become one of the forerunners in truly implementing a smart city within the next decade. Successfully employing IoT, data analysis tools, and advance technologies within education, healthcare, transportation and safety projects will not only allow cities like Moscow to improve their efficiency in measuring energy expenditures and coordinating technological activities but also most importantly grant third-party systems such as HEX’s Dynamic System to easily integrate into their IoT framework so that security and safety is ensured throughout the whole city.
Integration of Smart Technology
Since the establishment of Smart City Lab in August 2016, Smart City Lab has influenced Moscow to deploy a large-scale functional system and thus increasing the quality of life of Moscow citizens such as bolstering the efficiency of decision-making and competence of managing, and facilitated budget savings. The employment of Smart IoT within the city has allowed all city vehicles “including a public transport and municipal vehicles” to be linked to a centralized platform which data is collected with installed sensors leading to an optimized route and schedules. Another IoT platform in Moscow is their automatic metering system; this system has been incorporated into over 3500 municipal buildings and these buildings have automated water and power consumption metering and billing. The plan is by 2020 that every household in the city will be provided with the benefits of smart metering. The integration of automatic metering systems will provide consistent information from the client to the supplier and lead to better coordination between both parties. Water and power consumption control can ultimately lead to lower expenses for the user as well. Eldar Tuzmukhamedov believes smart cities shall should not spend its entire budget alone but it should attract other investments. Smart Cities must be a public-private partnership. An example is their free city Wi-Fi investment model: companies will invest their money on infrastructures, and then make profit on advertisements or the city’s CCTV system is installed and maintained by mobile operators. This type of partnership between the public and private sector allows mutually beneficial cooperation between the two, and thus ultimately allows the city to cut their expenses and businesses to gain profit. Overall the implementation of Smart Technology in Moscow has been relatively successful and it will only exponential improve as the years progress.
Foresight of HEX and the future of Smart Buildings
As more and more cities and gearing towards building a smarter city, HEX Safety has already developed a smart evacuation system that can be incorporated into all buildings. HEX’s Dynamic Evacuation Panel is a centralized system which collects data and analyzes the hazard potential within each premise it is integrated in. If there were a fire within the building, the system would begin routing the most optimal and safest egress route out of the building. HEX’s Dynamic Exit Sign will interpret the data calculated within the panel and visually communicate the egress route for civilians within the premise. Alike smart cities and building, HEX uses data driven analysis and research to improve the lifestyle of people. HEX understands the psychological behavior of people and incorporates Dynamic Evacuation Panel in order to bring security and safety to their lives. Smart Cities such as Moscow and HEX’s Dynamic Evacuation system are the new “norms” that need to be integrated to all cities so that governments and enterprises can maximize efficiency and safety.