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IDC: Baku may become best example of smart city in region

Thursday, July 27
“Baku has all the prerequisites to become the best example of smart city in the region,” Andrew Beklemishev, regional director of the International Data Corporation (IDC) for Central Asia, Azerbaijan and Mongolia, told Trend.

He claims that this will require a unified strategy and approach as well as a clear vision of how it is possible to achieve objectives with the help of modern digital technologies, based on the experience of other cities and given the specifics of Baku.

“It is the smart technologies that will allow achieving the objectives in a short time at minimum cost. Technologies alone can make a city smart with their rational and efficient use. I am sure that in Baku people are able to qualitatively implement projects while meeting set deadlines,” said Beklemishev.

As for the cost of the smart city concept’s implementation, it is necessary to see the current plan of Baku’s development and what can be done with the help of digital technologies, he noted.

“Creating a smart city concept will not necessarily be expensive,” Beklemishev said, adding that everything depends on cooperation between civil society, business and the government. (