Cisco has agreed to develop an information and communications technology master plan for the capital of Tatarstan, a federal subject of Russia.
The proposal calls for solutions aimed to address Kazan City's management efficiency and end-user service delivery using Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities initiative, Cisco said Tuesday.
These include joint IT projects with local schools, cooperation with the JSC Tatarstan Development Corp. in electronic government, healthcare, commerce and other sectors, as well as training professionals in IT and technological entrepreneurship.
“When designing new cities, special attention is devoted to advanced solutions that would differentiate new cities from traditional ones,“ said Cisco Vice President Andy Macdonald, who signed the memorandum of understanding with Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov at an investment meeting in Moscow.
Cisco says the goal of the project is to build a smart, modern city that can spur economic development in the whole region.
“Today, smart technologies are embracing all industries, including healthcare, education and tourism,“ Macdonald said.
“They are becoming one of the key factors that make projects more attractive to international investors,” he added.