Study: Smart technologies could bring EUR 0.5 bln to Romanian city

Implementing smart technologies could bring large profits to the city of Alba Iulia, central Romania, says Romania-Insider.com.

The Smart Cities Research carried out by Siemens showed that implementing the smart technologies presented in this study would bring Alba Iulia direct and indirect benefits of EUR 532 million over a period of 35 years.

The Smart Cities Research was initiated last year and, besides Alba Iulia, it also included London and Aberdeen in the UK, Brussels in Belgium, and the Kartal district in Turkey. In Alba Iulia’s case, the study analyzed three priority areas, namely connectivity, transport and energy, tracing the investment directions, estimating the costs and benefits, and drawing up the next steps for the city.

“By including Alba Iulia in the global study “Smart Cities Research,” we are committed to demonstrating the concrete potential of a city in Romania to become a future city with a connected, open, environmentally friendly urban structure, with a low consumption of resources. Intelligent technologies can streamline traffic and reduce accidents, streamline energy consumption, or provide flexibility to industrial manufacturers,” said George Catalin Costache, CEO Siemens Romania.

When it comes to connectivity, the technologies analyzed in the study are geared towards improving the tourist experience, and increasing the number of visits and the amounts spent by tourists during their stay in Alba-Iulia. They include an integrated tourist platform, free extended Wi-Fi, electric bicycle rental service, geolocation and augmented reality beacons, and the possibility to get online tickets for public transport.

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