Moscow Named One of World’s Most Intelligent Communities for First Time

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Moscow has made it to the final round of voting for the top seven intelligent communities of 2017 during the Intelligent Community Forum, or ICF, in Taiwan, according to the portal Mos.ru. The Russian capital is the first Russian city to make the finalists' list.

Along with Moscow, the top seven smart cities include two Australian cities, two Canadian cities and two Taiwanese cities. The jury appreciated Moscow’s technological parks, public voting system, transport system and educational reform. Experts also noted that the Russian capital is second in the world in terms of the number of Wi-Fi spots. The winner will be announced in June.

The ICF has been handing out awards since 2002. Past winners include Eindhoven, Stockholm, Singapore, New York, Seoul, Glasgow and Toronto.

The jury considers several criteria: the level of Internet accessibility, college-level education, the interactivity of city websites, social life, infrastructure development and its effectiveness in preventing crises. The assessment takes into account geographical location and population density so that the jury can objectively compare cities of different sizes on different continents.