SOFFA & SMART PRAGUE
CAN YOU IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT SMART GADGETS? COULD YOU DO WITHOUT YOUR PHONE, TABLET, E-READER OR COMPUTER? MOST OF US CANNOT FATHOM MANAGING OUR BUSY LIVES WITHOUT SMART TOOLS. CITIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE RECOGNISING OUR COLLECTIVE DEPENDENCE ON SMART TECHNOLOGIES AND ARE WORKING HARD TO SIMPLIFY AND IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE OF LIVING IN AND MOVING THROUGH THE URBAN SPACE. JOIN US ON A DISCOVERY OF THE SMART SOLUTIONS BEING READIED BY THE CITY OF PRAGUE.
Every city is a large source of data, and Prague is no exception. The Prague data platform will collect, analyse and share data for the benefit of the city, its residents and businesses. The platform will provide up-to-date information about traffic, public transport, air quality, available parking and many other areas of interest, and some of the data will be available for the development of mobile applications. The data will be provided by various city companies and offices, and utilised, among others, by the city’s integrated life-saving system. Academics have been involved in the development of the platform, which is slated for release in 2018.
Virtual Public Transport Card
Daily travel to and within Prague via public transport should become significantly easier in 2018 with the introduction of a virtual version of the public transport travel card known as Lítačka. Thanks to a new mobile application and the ability to add purchased fare to other cards in their wallet – such as a debit or a credit card – travellers will no longer need to carry the green Lítačka card nor purchase paper tickets or prepaid fare coupons. The consolidation of various payment methods and applications to make travel for work and fun easier is a major development for Czechia’s main metropolis.
Keeping Energy Use in Check
Many households would welcome the opportunity to review their ongoing energy use in order to avoid unpleasant surprises after end of year readings. In 2018 the Vrtbovský Palace residential building owned by the city will become a pilot site for a new digital system for ongoing monitoring of electricity, gas and water use. All information about usage will be available through a web platform. The pilot project should encourage more efficient energy use and help residents lower their utility costs. Digital readings will also avoid errors that can occur with manual readings and assist in resolving disputes over levels of usage.
Electric vehicles are the future of travel and electro mobility is one of the main themes being explored by large cities, Prague included. The city is planning to develop a network of electric car charging stations for both fast and medium charging time. The first such charging station will be sited near Karlín Square and other stations will follow at strategic locations including P+R parking lots and key city streets. By the end of 2019 Prague plans to have installed some sixty charging stations. In addition, the Smart Prague 2030 strategic vision includes plans for an electric car share programme.