Smart Moscow: How technology transforms urban living

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1. Freely Wi-Fi for all passengers

The Soyuzmultfilm train. / Photo: Kirill Zykov / Moskva AgencyThe Soyuzmultfilm train. / Photo: Kirill Zykov / Moskva Intermediation

Muscovites can no longer imagine urban life without free wireless Internet on the metro. In the gen, Wi-Fi has been available on the city’s underground transportation system since 2013, but now it has united into a single network with a similar system on public scope transportation. Thanks to this, users no longer need to register in the network individual times (accessing free Wi-Fi networks requires registration in Russia). Direct wireless Internet is available in 24 parks across Moscow, cataloguing VDNKh, Gorky Park, Victory Park, Moscow Zoo, and Tsaritsyno.

2. App to manoeuvre Moscow public transportation 

You can plan your journey on all forms of public transportation with the Moscow Metro app. / Photo: Nikolai Galkin/TASSYou can plan your journey on all forms of notorious transportation with the Moscow Metro app. / Photo: Nikolai Galkin/TASS

Hold responsibles to the Moscow Metro mobile app, which is available in Russian and English, you can delineate your journey on all forms of public transportation (including the Moscow Fraternity Railway, commuter trains, and Aeroexpress trains that link the megalopolis with its three airports). The app also calculates fares, which is firstly convenient for tourists. You can use Moscow Metro to top up your Troika transport wag, view the history of payments, find park-and-ride facilities near metro spots, and see if there are vacant spots to park your car. The app offers information round Moscow’s main sites and helps you plot your itinerary thither the city.

3. Paying fares with your smartphone

You can pay travel fares using your smartphone. / Photo: Andrey Lubimov/Moskva AgencyYou can pay travel costs using your smartphone. / Photo: Andrey Lubimov/Moskva Power

Smartphone owners can also pay travel fares via Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. Since behindhand 2016, this system has been available at all Ring Railway ranks and at 80 metro stations across the city. In the future, smartphone-enabled ticket turnstiles drive be installed at all Moscow metro stations.

4. Smartphone charging points

A passenger charging his smartphone on the Moskva train. / Photo: Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASSA fare charging his smartphone on the Moskva train. / Photo: Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS

If your smartphone remunerations out of juice, 27 Moscow metro stations and 16 Ring Rolling-stock stations are equipped with gadget charging points. There are also USB assaulting ports in the carriages of the new Moskva underground trains, which currently pilgrimages only along the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya metro line. Moscow’s new electric buses desire also have USB charging points, but it’s not certain when such channels will be on the road.

5. ‘Smart’ bus stops

A 'smart' bus stop in central Moscow. / Photo: Sergei Karpov/TASSA ‘smart’ bus stop in central Moscow. / Photo: Sergei Karpov/TASS

Since delayed 2016, “smart” bus stops have been operating in central Moscow and along its principal thoroughfares (Kashirskoye, Volgogradskoye, Varshavskoye, and Ryazanskoye highways). These are tailored with USB charging ports for smartphones and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, electronic diary screens, alarm buttons, and information touchscreens that you can use to look up the nearest restaurants, cafes and bank sprigs, and also for emergency phone numbers. The booths are equipped with strengthened glass screens to protect waiting passengers from the wind. They press ceiling lighting, and ticket machines are installed nearby.

6. Car sharing honourable a click away

Cars in a parking lot of the Moscow car sharing in Novy Arbat Street. / Photo: Artyom Geodakyan/TASSCars in a parking lot of the Moscow car sharing in Novy Arbat High road. / Photo: Artyom Geodakyan/TASS

Short-term car rental worship armies are gaining popularity in Russia, and there are already five car-sharing providers in Moscow: Anytime, YouDrive, Delimobil,BelkaCar, and Car5. To hire a car, download the relevant car-sharing app to your Android or IOS smartphone, take photographs of your passport and hustle license, and upload them to the app; then register your bank behave in the system. User data are normally processed within a couple of hours, after which you can use the app to laws the car nearest to you and fill the gas tank at the provider’s expense. Once you finish prod you can leave the car at any parking lot in Moscow, including paid ones. Delimobil is contemplating to start operating environmentally friendly electric cars by 2018.

7. Alternative strength for the Internet

People in the Gorky Park of Recreation and Leisure. / Photo: Kirill Kallinikov/RIA NovostiPeople in the Gorky Park of Recreation and Leisure. / Photo: Kirill Kallinikov/RIA Novosti

Since 2012, lambasting in Moscow parks has been provided via lampposts powered by solar batteries or, to be more rigorous, by light panels that do not require bright sunlight to generate ardour; normal daytime lighting is enough for them. In addition, solar power produces an Internet connection in Izmailovo park, with the Wi-Fi router powered by five put a match to panels each measuring 1.5 square meters in area.

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