Hrvatski Telekom, the Croatian subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, took its first step as a technology partner to the city of Dubrovnik by opening a smart street pilot project.
The pilot forms part of a broader Dubrovnik Smart City project, which in turn is a part of the city's bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2020. Hrvatski Telekom has teamed with Cisco and local partners to offer smart street lighting, free Internet access over 4G, Wi-Fi and optical networks, and a traffic management service that includes a smart parking service.
Hrvatski Telekom was named a technology partner of Dubrovnik after the operator signed a cooperation agreement with city authorities. Deutsche Telekom said the agreement means Dubrovnik is the first "T-City" in Croatia, turning the city into an innovation, testing and reference smart city centre for its local subsidiary.
Andro Vlahušić, Mayor of Dubrovnik, said the smart street pilot is the first step towards offering smart services throughout the city. "The smart solutions applied in this street will directly deal with the citizens' day-to-day problems, such as traffic jams in the city and the search for parking spots, which will improve the quality of life in Dubrovnik and at the same time generate savings for the city in terms of energy and finance," he said.
In a statement, Deutsche Telekom explained that the pilot project combines a variety of ICT solutions and is based on Cisco's Digital Platform, which it explained is an open, scalable, secure and manageable environment that manages the integration of "various solutions and applications."
The operator said the smart parking service is a "world premiere" of technology that automatically recognises vehicles and conducts contactless charging of parking fees. The service will also offer real-time information on the availability of parking spaces on smartphones and dedicated digital panes.
Deutsche Telekom separately announced that KPN is the first international telecoms operator to join its connected home ecosystem.
The Dutch operator launched a smart home service based on Deutsche Telekom's Connected Home QIVICON platform, an open architecture designed to integrate with multiple connected devices. The commercial launch followed trials KPN conducted using the platform in 2015.
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