USB-equipped benches and a robotised sports ground: Testing innovative technology at VDNKh

August 11
Parks and pedestrian areas

VDNKh will become a testing ground for innovative developments and solutions under the city’s innovation testing programme that focuses on pilot projects in urban development, education, leisure and sports.

Some of the first projects that park and exhibition centre visitors will be able to see include a robotised exercise facility, interactive educational projects for pre-school children and many others. The programme was organised by the Moscow Agency of Innovation, which is supervised by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

“The innovation testing programme currently comprises 65 platforms, including commercial enterprises that will have an opportunity to use high-tech developments to optimise their business processes and increase performance. Moreover, various city platforms where many Muscovites can assess the benefits of new technologies are actively joining the programme,” commented Alexei Fursin, Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

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As part of the programme, benches equipped with solar panels, Wi-Fi modules and USB chargers will be installed all over the grounds of VDNKh. During the day, the benches will accumulate energy in the embedded solar cells to power LED lights that will switch on automatically after dark. Some benches will be additionally fitted out with heating and fans, as well as temperature, motion and light detectors.

Innovation in sports is another area for experiments at VDNKh. One such project is a robotised football pitch with cannons on each of the four sides that will shoot out balls for footballers training to receive long passes and shoot at a marked target. The robotised sports facility will be available to both amateur and professional players.

Another new facility, for pre-school children, is called Live Drawings. Using modern computer technology and a projector, drawings created by participating children will be projected on the wall and will move like an animated film. This educational facility can be an addition to the pre-school study programme. For example, interactive games are an easier way for children to learn the alphabet.

Other innovative solutions to be put into practice include waste sorting facilities with automated equipment for collecting and recycling aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. This will not only help to protect the environment but also give Muscovites bonuses in the city’s loyalty programme.

The Moscow Agency of Innovation plans to scale-up the successfully tested projects and recommend them for implementation at other public venues.

On 27 May, Sergei Sobyanin signed the resolution On Pilot Testing of Innovative Solutions in Moscow. Under this resolution, high-tech businesses will receive system-wide and continuous support with conducting trials of their developments. The programme was earlier carried out as an experiment.

Almost 100 pilot tests are planned before the end of the year, in commerce and consumer services, energy efficiency, IT and communications, healthcare, the environment, security, transport and education.

Companies and startups developing or producing unique services or products are invited to participate in the programme. More detailed information and the application form can be found on the website of the Moscow Innovation Cluster.

The programme is operated by the Moscow Agency of Innovation, which brings together representatives of the city administration and businesses as well as tech companies to work together on creating, testing and implementing innovative solutions in Moscow.


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