Last week, the head of Yakutsk, Sardana Avksentieva, met with a delegation of the Japanese Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on the implementation of the Smart City project in the capital of Yakutia. Following the meeting, a working group on the feasibility study was created with the participation of deputy heads and heads of departments in the District Administration of Yakutsk.
Sardana Avksentieva reminded that in September, as part of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the parties signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of the Smart City project in the city district of Yakutsk.
Preparation for the implementation of the Smart City project is in keeping with the content of a recent decree of the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on the further development of IT technologies in the city of Yakutsk and relies on projects already developed and implemented by the city, such as Smart Quarter, Smart Parking, Safe City, stressed Sardana Avksentieva.
The meeting was attended by the Head of the Process and Project Management Department of the Executive Office of the Head and Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Natalia Chlenova.
“Specifically, under the Smart City project, we can single out the direction Resources and Energy Saving, in which we achieved the first success in installing smart sensors that provide automated data transfer, not only in apartment buildings of the secondary stock, but of those under construction as well. Other areas of the Smart City include infrastructure of road facilities, environmental safety, electronic payment service and safe city,” said Natalia Chlenova, who had previously overseen the implementation of the Smart City project in the territory of Yakutsk.
Representatives of the Japanese company presented the strategy of Mitsui’s Smart City, aimed at creating new values for the city. As is known, Mitsui & Co. is the main division of the Mitsui Group, one of the largest Japanese financial and industrial groups in the world.
Senior manager Kaori Nakajima said that the company has long-standing ties with Russia, back in 1907 the first Mitsui office in Vladivostok was opened. Today, Mitsui ranks first in Russia among Japanese companies in terms of investment, which amount to more than $ 5 billion annually.
“We are very interested in cooperation with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and were looking forward to today's meeting,” Ms. Nakajima assured.
The company has extensive experience in various areas, including infrastructure projects. In particular, at a meeting with management, project manager Ken Nozawa spoke about a joint national project with the Malaysian government for the development of Johor province with the city of Iskandar for the period 2006-2025.
“Creating the Smart City in the extreme conditions in the northernmost capital on the permafrost will give people more time and opportunity to live, create, love, and dream. Our task is to combine existing developments and new projects into a single system, into a single living organism. The development of the Smart City can go in two directions, and one of them could be the demolition of the residential quarter 17 and the erection of a completely new modern block. At the same time, we can promote the development directions of the entire city, presented by the company,” concluded Sardana Avksentieva.