I believe that with a single digital platform, interest in sustainable forms of mobility will grow. It is extremely important for Celje to relieve the city centre of motor traffic and thus to further improve air quality and living
"With the introduction of an advanced and comprehensive solution of smart cities, Celje will be one of the most advanced and digitised cities, providing residents and visitors with a high level of digital services, thus contributing to a better quality and sustainable stay,” says Samo Turk, Director of Business Development at Telekom Slovenije. “Together with our partners, we will ensure that the digital transformation process is carried out as quickly and as easily and efficiently as possible.”
In terms of data collection, Prevc says that the first city in Slovenia to set up a proper Smart City project was Kranj (the third largest city), but the project didn't have the mobility focus of the cities that participated in this article series.
“They only had data collection focus and they didn't have a clearly defined use case. On the other hand Celje did it ‘properly’. They have clearly defined what kinds of use cases have to be supported in the system that is going to be established through partially European Union funds. This will see the establishment of a universal or central payment card with the great aim of green mobility enablement.”
Celje have clearly defined what kinds of use cases have to be supported in the system that is going to be established through partially European Union funds
SMART CITIES AS A SERVICE
Telekom Slovenije’s pivotal role in the burgeoning smart city sector is hardly a secret but, says Prevc, what’s now being seen and used by the populace has been a long time coming.
“Initially we started with pilot projects quite some time ago in this area. We began with the idea to prepare very various kinds of services for Smart Cities as a Service. We were trying to make it easy for the cities, and for Slovenia. There are a lot of small municipalities: in a country of 2 million people we have 212 municipalities and it’s those municipalities that have issues with manpower and competencies for running such projects, which are something new, something challenging because it's not an established technology.
“It's always a combination of infrastructure, software and artificial intelligence tools and so we wanted to make a package particular to us. We want to use advanced technologies to make life easier and decisions easier for citizens and to make the region (and the country) attractive for tourists. And of course,” he adds, “we are also taking part in what I would call the green transition, helping municipalities comply with the new green agenda. They start with small initiatives and they can increase them in size with our help.”