Is it possible to install the 21st century’s smartest inventions in Monor, located in Pest county? Allegedly, it is. The newest smart city projects have started in the town to turn Monor into Hungary and Pest County’s first smart town.
Napi.hu reports that nowadays, people often see the term “smart city” on popular social media sites and the Internet, and that towns and cities need to become smart. The government also supports the smart city programme because last year, Viktor Orbán signed a contract about a smart city platform which would be tested in Monor.
Why was Monor chosen for testing? The city has approximately 18,500 residents and is one of the most significant cities in the county. It is also a critical junction point in the country and has developed a railway and bus system.
The majority of the city reported that the development of the project would start this year and will be finished by 2020.
The smart city programme includes the establishing of smart lamps which only light the roads, streets and sidewalks if they sense movement. If it does not, it will light the road with a much smoother light. Also, the city is planning to establish a smart bicycle route as well. Moreover, the city would like to launch a computer system which could control all the estates in Monor and save money for the local government.
The next investment is the smart public restroom in the centre of Monor which would send a text message to the local authorities if it senses freezing weather, lack of electricity and water, plugging or if someone is in danger.
At primary schools and grammar schools, parents could get rid of paying the finance of dining by checks. Instead, the programme would establish an app where, besides paying parents would also have the opportunity to disclaim that opportunity. Also, children arriving at and leaving from school would have to identify themselves through an electronic security system. This would ensure their safety as their parents would get a notification their children arrived or left the institution. The establishment of a smart classroom is also part of the project where children could learn on tablets and computers.
Investors also plan to turn the electronic identification card into a city card. With this card, people could use institutions with a discount (e.g. public library, swimming pool, etc.).
If everything goes as planned, the project would also like to establish the country’s smartest pedestrian zone: smart benches with phone chargers, wi-fi connection, pavilions, bicycle routes, and bicycle lockers. These lockers could be opened and closed by the city cards and if someone tries to steal it the most modern camera system alerts its owner immediately. A list of bicycle locks would be helpful for those still living in cities that are far from introducing this kind of technology. For a smart city, though, you can only expect sophisticated security equipment and people willing to be part of this technological evolution.
The government supports this project with approximately 2,5 billion HUF in 2019 (8 million EUR).
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