Learn something new and make the city better: electronic services available in Moscow

On the eve of the Youth Day, we will tell you about Smart City, hi-tech in libraries and much more.

Moscow services help not only to solve current issues (for example, payment for utilities or making an appointment with a doctor), but to broaden your mind, too. They are always within easy reach: in Moscow mobile apps and on mos.ru portal.

"When it comes to new technology, young people are particularly quick on the uptake, since gadgets have become an integral part of their life. With this in mind, Moscow offers a lot of applicable and useful services to make your summer entertaining and insightful: to take a fresh look at libraries, learn about unusual Moscow sites and technologies constantly changing the city life, and contribute to Moscow development,'' said Eduard Lysenko, Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Information Technology.

Watch films and listen to music: new technologies in libraries

Smart technologies have penetrated into libraries too, so now this place is not for reading only, you can also watch films, listen to music, take photo shoots and videos. 334 reading rooms have now 2,000 free city Wi-Fi hotspots, and the halls have co-working areas. In addition, they regularly host cultural, insightful and educational events.

Moscow citizens may have a unified library card issued, as a key to 249 libraries. Front side of a plastic card has bookshelves against a turquoise background and inscriptions reading 'Moscow Libraries' and 'Unified Library Card'. Over 147,000 Moscow dwellers have already taken advantage of this card.

Thanks to 'Discover Moscow' portal, a joint project of the Department of Education and Science, the Cultural Heritage Department, the Department of Culture and the Department of Information Technology, walks around Moscow have become more insightful. Users showed interest in routes developed on the occasion of the Victory Day telling about the most important events of Moscow defence, theatre route by Irina Apeksimova and space sites tour prepared by cosmonaut Alexander Laveykin.

New themed routes regularly appear on the portal. In particular, you can take a walk following the footsteps of 'Eugene Onegin' characters (on the occasion of Alexander Pushkin's birthday) and the sites you have seen in cartoons (on the occasion of Soyuzmultfilm Studio's birthday). Interactive guides offer descriptions of over 1,700 buildings and facilities, 609 monuments, 304 museums, 170 areas, information about 207 historical figures and 82 themed walking routes.

Smart City: virtual body diagnostics and robotics workshops

Get acquainted with hi-tech in Smart City Pavilion at VDNKh. The display consists of 12 interactive zones, each telling how technologies develop the key facets of life and the benefits they bring to Muscovites.

Put a VR headset on and become a driver of a new metro train, conduct virtual body diagnostics, try to manage a smart home, explore the Moscow Electronic School's library, and talk to the robot.

The Pavilion regularly hosts free master classes, quests, programming workshops inviting participants with any level of knowledge, laser technology, neurotechnology, 3D printing, robotics and blockchain training courses.

Free city Wi-Fi hotspots

It is easy now to stay in touch, walking in the streets and parks, with more than 16,000 Wi-Fi hotspots already installed around Moscow,  3,000 of them available in the streets inside Sadovoye Koltso and locally within the Third Ring Road. Enjoy wireless hotspots in 199 culture centres, 16 museums, 13 Moskino cinemas and Eldar Cinema Club and Museum.

With the beginning of the season favourable for pleasant walks, Muscovites connect to free Internet network more often. According to the Department of Information Technology, from 1 May to mid-June, Moscow residents and guests most frequently used free Wi-Fi in Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve (about 74,500 users), Poklonnaya Gora (60,700 users) and Sokolniki Park (about 60,000 users). Manezhnaya and Pushkinskaya squares (about 8,700 users each), Teatralnaya Square (6,800 users) and Sapozhkovskaya Square (5,700 users) also became popular Wi-Fi spots.

Most often, Muscovites connect to the city Wi-Fi to open search services, social media and messengers or watch videos. The official Moscow Mayor and the Moscow Government website has also ranked among the TOP 10 most popular websites.

Active Citizen and Our City

Due to the Active Citizen voting platform, over 2.2 million Muscovites help to improve their city. Almost two-thirds of them are young Moscow residents with a third comprising schoolchildren and students. High school students also take part in the voting: they choose artists to perform at their school graduation party, and post reviews of  Moscow festivals.

Thanks to the project's participants, over 833,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in Moscow within the Million Trees program. In addition, users have rated streets' improvement and chosen the name of a metro’s Big Circle Line.  Thanks to them, commuter trains have free Wi-Fi now. In total, about 2,000 initiatives have been supported.

In addition, Muscovites set trends and participate in Moscow management through crowd.mos.ru and Our City portals. It is due to active young citizens that culture centres, libraries and museums have changed, and night bus routes have started running.

Source: https://www.mos.ru/en/news/item/57801073/