Smart Street

A street in the Marasti neighbourhood of Cluj-Napoca will be the first street converted into a state-of-the-art, “Smart Street”, during the introduction of a pilot project.

The smart street will have more space for pedestrians, high tech facilities and charging stations for electric bicycles or scooters. However, parking spaces in that area will be reduced to accommodate this project, and if residents of the area accept the transformation of the street, then the city hall plans to extend the project to other areas around the city.

The streets will contain state-of-the-art LED lighting, which have a built-in WiFi system which will provide public internet services, charging stations incorporated into benches for mobile phones, bikes and scooters. 50 trees will also be planted on the street, according to the project coordinator, Ovidiu Câmpean.

Right now, the central-Romanian city of Alba Iulia is the city with the most “smart-city” projects implemented or ongoing with over 60 projects in May of 2018, receiving praise from the World Bank, as one of the best communities when it comes to drawing funds for community development. Cluj-Napoca also has a number of smart-city projects including the first Virtual Public Clerk, named Antonia.

There are over 35 cities across Romania that have already implemented smart-city projects according to Romanian Association for Smart City and Mobility. The Smart City projects identified for this study were grouped into six categories, namely Smart Economy, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Living and Smart Governance, classified according to recent EU reports.

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