Hrvatski Telekom presented smart solutions for the future of cities and demonstrated the use of e-charging stations
On 9 June, Hrvatski Telekom, in cooperation with the Association of Cities, organised a business event on the island of Cres under the title “Application of Smart Solutions for Cities in Croatia”, where representatives of the private sector and local self-government bodies had the opportunity to get informed about the latest smart technology solutions that generate savings for local budgets, while raising the overall quality of life of citizens.
On this occasion, Saša Kramar, Member of the Management Board and Chief Operating Officer Business of HT, pointed out that HT, being the leading provider of telecommunications services on the Croatian market, is promoting global trends in technology. One of them is the Smart City technology framework which, within the scope of the Internet of Things, is one of the strategic directions to be taken in the Company’s future development. “Hrvatski Telekom is making significant investments in their own network infrastructure, and by the smart pilot projects we directly participate in transformation changes that contribute to the development of local communities. We want to be a high-quality partner in the solution of problems of cities and regions, by cooperation with our unique partner network. The smart solutions applied in local communities generate savings in the budgets, preserve the environment, raise the citizens’ quality of life, and contribute to the establishment of an entrepreneurial climate attracting new investment,” said Saša Kramar.
For instance, the waste management system which modernises waste disposal tracking, the Heat Maps service, the network of e-charging stations, the e-invoicing system, as well as parking, traffic and energy efficiency solutions for cities are just a part of the smart solutions. Implementation of ICT solutions from the point of view of the City of Koprivnica was presented by taking the example of municipal waste disposal digitally tracked by sensors, along with e-invoicing as the optimal way of billing of municipal services; the City of Dubrovnik presented the Smart Street project which had turned the city into the first innovation, testing, and reference Smart City Centre of HT, and the story of the island of Krk was presented, showing how Krk was developing to become the first Smart Island in Croatia.
And the very island of Krk was the travel destination for HT representatives who, at the Dobrinj municipality, demonstrated how simple it was to use e-charging stations of which there were as many as ten on the island. The charging station network covers a set of functionalities, such as visibility on the leading eRoaming platform puni.hr, options to book charging times, access by SMS and smart application connecting more than 40,000 locations throughout Europe, a special solution for signalling of parking violations at the charging spots, along with video surveillance of the location and free Internet access, plus real time measurement of energy consumption. In addition to the charging station network, within the “Krk Smart Island” project at Dobrinj municipality, state-of-the-art LED lighting was installed, fully equipped with sensors and software support managed by the Ponikve company. The lighting system offers a remote operation option, while the system is also monitoring electricity consumption. The same application uses sensors to monitor vacant parking spots for electric vehicle charging and will send information on parking violations. Safety has been raised to the highest level by application of integrated video surveillance, which is fully independent of the electric power supply and which features two-way communication between the control centre and the location. At the same time, wireless Internet access is provided as part of the overall solution