The first smart payphones in Croatia have been presented today in Zadar, intended as a source of all the local information required to the citizens and the increasing number of tourists, whilst they are simultaneously also provided a broad range of next generation innovative ICT services, which the citizens can safely pay using their credit and debit cards thanks to the solution provided by the Croatian Postal Bank.
Through this project, Zadar keeps abreast with Smart City development trends and is on a par with international cities such as New York and London, which have also transformed their public payphones to give them a new purpose, aiming to meet the new requirements both of the citizens and tourists. A total of 10 smart payphones will be installed at the busiest locations in Zadar by the end of the week, which will also enable free wi-fi access, whereas citizens and tourists will also be given the opportunity to purchase both parking tickets and intercity transport tickets. Moreover, BitCoin, Simpa, and BonBon Start packages are available, phone cards and vouchers for mobile phones of all operators, in addition to the opportunity of payment of a specific amount directly to subscriber’s HT mobile phone number, whilst the offer will include a broad range of Telekom products, as well as other products. Smart payphone is an example of how to combine public and digital services and the services of selling everyday items, as well as a unique selling experience available 24/7. In addition, smart payphones will be further developed in line with the requirements of the city of Zadar and its citizens.
"The installed smart payphones provide a broad range of publicly available services required in the modern life both of the citizens and the tourists in Zadar, in accordance with the development strategy of the city of Zadar and in line with the Smart City concept. The existing locations are being revitalised by this project through the construction of a segment of Smart City infrastructure, whilst simultaneously providing the potential for the development of additional digital services as an integral part of the Smart City, such as 'Smart Sensing' that enables informative measurement of environmental parameters. Furthermore, the number of locations and the time of availability for the use of public and other services have been increased through this pilot project", as stated by the sources of the city of Zadar.
It is a six-month pilot project launched by Hrvatski Telekom in co-operation with its key partner Vendotel, which was selected amongst 15 most successful start-up companies throughout Europe, out of 500 companies. Nevertheless, other partners also participated in the implementation of the comprehensive solution for smart payphones. A pioneer and innovator in mobile payment, Infoart Group Infoart Group, provided the opportunity of parking ticket purchase through Igeus integration platform, whilst the start-up Vollo, the winner of the last year’s competition entitled Startup Factory Zagreb, integrated the system for viewing, reservation, and purchase of tickets for intercity transport.
Hrvatski Telekom, along with a broad network of partners, is the only company in Croatia that provides comprehensive Smart City solutions, commencing from the initial level, from the idea to concrete implementation, according to the "turnkey" principle.