Rome launches its plan to become a "smart city"

Rome's Smart City Plan for 2021
Rome's Smart City Plan for 2021 / Gtres
1 April 2021, Redaction

The Rome Smart City Plan (known in Italy as "il Piano Roma Smart City") has been approved. This plan to boost Rome's smart potential as a city envisages the use of new digital technology and the construction of a smart city, tailored to the needs of its citizens. A document released about the plan describes 81 projects that are already underway and the guidelines for the capital's smart future. Let's have a look at the details of how Rome plans to become a "smart city".

Among the priority areas of intervention are:

  • Security
  • Economic Development
  • Cultural Participation
  • Urban Transformation
  • Tourism
  • Education and Schools
  • Social aspects
  • Energy
  • Environment and Mobility

The Rome Smart City Plan is the result of a process shared with the Laboratorio Smart City di Roma Capitale (the Rome Smart City Laboratory), a body composed of all stakeholders in the co-design of Rome's future. The projects already launched include an initial investment of 200 million euros and have been assessed by the Digital Transition Support Office in Italy. These include:

Rome Data Platform: the Smart Data Platform is a platform capable of collecting, analysing and displaying internal and external data relating to Italy's capital city. This data will be available to everyone (open data) and experimentation of services and models of cooperation with institutions and private individuals are planned. The ultimate goal of the project is to promote tourism and economic development, but also to increase security and introduce new services to the community.

Star: this is the platform for Signalling and Tracking of Anomalies on the roads of Rome, created with the aim of managing surveillance and emergency work on the roads of the Grande Viabilità (approximately 800 km) of the Municipality of Rome in a more effective and efficient manner. The new Pavement Management System (PMS) method will make it possible to map the roads to be resurfaced, with the aim of optimising expenditure, planning work to make them more efficient and saving up to three times in the long term.

Life-Diademe project: this project introduces a new system to control street lighting, aimed at reducing energy consumption by 30% and, consequently, light and air pollution. A network of 1,000 sensors - positioned in the test area in the Eur district of Rome - will acquire data on noise, traffic and air pollution.

QR Codes: interactive tourist signs will be installed at 100 sites of major historical and artistic interest in the city. An innovative orientation and multimedia content service (which links to a special section on the official website) will be accessible from your smartphone by scanning a QR Code.

The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, explained: "With this plan we are adding a further element to the many initiatives already launched in recent years. I want to underline that Rome has made great strides in the use of technology, winning fourth place in the ICity Rank 2020 and climbing the ranking of smart and sustainable cities presented by Forum PA. In 2019, the city found itself in 15th place: now we are among the most digital cities in Italy and our path continues".

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