15 Moscow’s digital projects qualified for the final of the WSIS Prizes

March 24

15 projects of the Moscow Government are nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2021 international prize. The challengers include the Moscow Electronic School, UMIAS, Moscow’s investment portal, “Soulful Moscow”, a charity service and other digital projects.

Ecosystem that brings people together

The “Soulful Moscow” project is presented in the “Enabling Environment” category. It provides common information ecosystem that unites active residents, the non-profit sector, government officials and business representatives. Using it non-profit organizations receive electronic access to the resource support of the city and apply for Moscow Mayor’s grants. Here volunteers can get a volunteer e-book, use the bonuses of city programs and of the Moscow Volunteer competition. About 200 thousand people visit the portal annually.

Services for life

The category “Application of Information and Communication Technologies: Benefits in All Spheres of Life” present the investment portal of Moscow, the UMIAS, the Moscow Electronic School project, the Citizen Video Reception Service on the mos.ru portal, the “My Career” specialized employment center and the project aimed at reduction of water consumption in the capital.

The portal investmoscow.ru was launched in Moscow in 2014 to support investors. 30 online services for entrepreneurs are presented on a single platform that helps them receive up-to-date information about bidding, gives opportunities to participate in investment projects, send applications for financial support and consultations from the city and interact with authorities.

The project to create a Unified Medical Information and Analytical System was launched in 2011. Today, all outpatient clinics of the city, ambulance and emergency teams are connected to it. Active work is underway to connect hospitals. The service is used by more than 13 million people. Over 20 thousand doctors daily conduct appointments using the UMIAS, and the system allows citizens to arrange a doctor’s appointment online, receive prescriptions, sick leaves or certificates and other documents in electronic form.

Photo by Yevgeny Samarin, Mos.ru

A service that helps make medical decisions is presented in the “Digital Healthcare” category. It operates in all clinics for adults in the capital and helps doctors save time. The digital design is based on a smart physician assistant concept. It allows the AI to determine the three most likely diagnoses based on patient complaints. The final decision on the diagnosis is made by the doctor. The service operates within the framework of the Unified Medical Information and Analytical System.

A study, the first in Russia and one of the largest in the world, was carried out to create the system, based on the data of four million visits to medical institutions and summarized statistics of all diagnoses in outpatient treatment for one year in a large region. The system is able to make 256 different diagnoses, which is 95 percent of all possible diagnoses of Russians made at the first visit to a doctor. The service was tested during pilot tests in four regions of Russia with population of more than 20 million people. A new tool based on artificial intelligence saves the doctor from routine operations, speeds up the process of making diagnosis and thus saves the most important resource — time. Whereas the patient receives a preliminary diagnosis at the first appointment.

The use of the service in Moscow made it possible to reduce the increased workload on medical workers and shorten the time for making a diagnosis. Now more than 3.5 thousand doctors use a smart assistant in their daily work.

The service of video reception of citizens appeared on the official portal of the Mayor of Moscow in 2020. Representatives of the authorities use it to hold personal receptions of citizens by video-conferencing. The project started during the COVID-19 pandemic and is still underway.

The Moscow Electronic School (MES) is one of the most important elements of a high-tech educational environment that provides online access to a wide range of services for teachers, students and their parents. The project has over 2.7 million users. With its help teachers conduct online classes and parents monitor their children’s progress. The library of the MES educational materials provides free access to more than two million units of educational content from anywhere in the world. Last autumn’s transition to distance learning saw more than 7.5 million online lessons for students in grades 6-11 were held on the platform using the video-conferencing service built into the MES. Over 600 thousand students and teachers take part in digital lessons.

Photo by Maxim Denisov, Mos.ru

An electronic service for sending water and heat meter readings on the mos.ru portal was updated in Moscow at the beginning of this year as part of a project aimed at reducing water consumption. It is used by over one million people every month. Residents can track the dynamics of water consumption — after sending the readings to the appropriate organization the user sees a graph of the water consumption in his apartment and can compare it with the average indicators for the city.

In addition, a campaign is being implemented using augmented reality technologies — residents are shown the way of the water before getting into their homes. One can view the interactive presentation and virtually participate in the water purification process by scanning the QR code on a single payment document.

Services for those who broaden their horizons

The nominees of the category “Cultural Diversity and Identity, Linguistic Diversity and Local Content” included two Russian projects — the Russpass travel service and the Discover Moscow portal. The Russpass helps travelers plan a trip to the capital and other regions of Russia in a convenient format. On the portal, one can buy tickets to museums, theaters, cultural events, book flights and railway tickets, book a hotel, as well as learn about unique routes, cultural and historical heritage sites. More than 1200 partners’ offers are available to travelers, including ready-made tours and unique tourist routes.

“Discover Moscow” is an interactive online city guide to the landmarks of the capital, using modern technologies to popularize the branches of cultural heritage, culture, and architecture. The service offers more than 150 routes and 79 quests. The website also contains photos and descriptions of over two thousand buildings, over 650 monuments and 320 museums. The project is also available as a mobile application built on iOS and Android OS.

E-services of a modern city

Projects ICT.Moscow and the Smart City Pavilion at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh EXPO) are among nominated projects in the Media category. ICT.Moscow is an open platform about digital technologies and a communication center of IT-specialists. The project provides access to industry information and to the catalogue of technological solutions in Moscow. Moreover, ICT.Moscow regularly updates knowledge bases of case studies in various IT technologies such as smart city practices, artificial intelligence, COVID-Tech, 5G, blockchain, VR/AR and etc. Users can access the catalogue of more than 1,500 investigations and presentations about technology and digital services consumption in Russia and worldwide.

The Smart City Pavilion at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh EXPO) was opened in September 2016. The exhibition consists of 12 interactive zones presenting technologies and electronic services of the modern city. Each zone represents the main areas of urban life — education, healthcare, landscaping, transport, housing and communal services and others. A 5G demo center was arranged in October 2020 in the pavilion. It is the first Russian laboratory to test solutions based on 5G network technologies. One can visit the pavilion free of charge any day except Monday. Several times a day, excursions are conducted for all guests presenting the technologies introduced in Moscow.

Charity and help for those in need

Three Russian projects were nominated in the category “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society”. This is the “Let's Be Friends” portal, the Charitable Fundraising Service of Moscow and the Missing and Found Pets Search Service.

The project “Let's Be Friends” was launched in 2020. It helps establish the mentorship over orphans, children left without parental care and children in difficult life situations. The project's website contains photos and information about the mentee children, their stories and dreams, photos and video reports of meetings with mentors, as well as information on how to become a mentor. The mentee children can expand their social circle, immerse into a future profession, undergo professional training and education.

 Photo by Yevgeny Samarin, Mos.ru

The charity service on the portal mos.ru allows one to donate quickly and conveniently to those in need. Only verified non-profit organizations are represented on the website. Citizens donate funds to help seriously ill children, homeless animals, social rehabilitation of people with disabilities, humanitarian aid to large families, targeted assistance to women in difficult life situations. A total of 34 programs are presented in the service.

A service for searching the missing and found animals was launched on the mos.ru portal at the end of last year . The user can search for a pet in the database of published announcements using filters: by species, breed, sex, color and age of the animal. A “Contact” button is also available to find the author of the announcement. If there are no announcements matching the request, the user can place a new one to inform about the missing or found pet.

Voting for the nominated projects will continue until March 31 on the website of the international award. 18 winning projects and 72 champion projects will be determined after that date. The awards ceremony for the winners of the WSIS Prizes 2021 is scheduled for the World Summit on the Information Society on May 17-21.

Source: mos.ru

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