Warsaw adopts a digital transformation policy

Warsaw adopts a digital transformation policy

By 2030, the Polish capital is expected to offer the highest level of digital services

Warsaw has adopted a policy document for its digital transformation by 2030, the authorities said on their website on Wednesday. The strategic document sets out a clear path towards digitization that the Polish capital is preparing to take for the next decade.

The focus is on people and their needs, with particular emphasis on privacy, security and sustainability.

Making people’s lives easier with digital services

The digital transformation policy of the capital Warsaw describes the concept of the development of the capital in the field of new technologies and digitization. It indicates the values ​​to which this development is subordinate and the operating principles of the institutions of the city.

The focus is on people and their needs, which can be met in a more practical and economical way, with particular attention to privacy and security as well as to the sustainable development of the city, as explained on the municipal website.

“Warsaw, as the largest provider of local public services, has embarked on the path of digital transformation. The current approach to digitization has been written and declared in an official city document … This places Warsaw next to centers such as Berlin, London, Vienna, Amsterdam and Helsinki, that is, cities with high quality of life that implement declared policies in the field of digital development ”, said Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski.

Set the conditions for digitization well before Covid-19

Work on Warsaw’s digital transformation had actually started about two years before the coronavirus pandemic forced local governments to adopt long-awaited technological solutions. The preparation of the 17-page document followed a report of over 200 pages.

For the said report, the city authorities organized workshops, one-on-one interviews and online consultations with representatives of non-governmental organizations, universities and private companies. In the process, they collected and analyzed over 450 comments related to the issue in question.

Putting words into action

As a result, the city will launch a platform this year where it will gradually make available digital services, such as requests, taxes, tickets for public transport or cultural institutions.

In addition to this, the guidance document suggests other opening of the Warsaw datasets, which the city has been doing since 2015. Currently, it has around a hundred collections, mainly related to transport.

In addition, this year Warsaw will launch the Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The IoT refers to a system of items and devices that can process or exchange data over the Internet (e.g. street lights informing of damaged lighting, free parking spaces).

The IoT platform will show hundreds of metering devices located in the city and allow the reading of current data, for example from air quality sensors, noise sensors, bicycle stations, parking lots . The analyzed data (called Big data) makes it possible to better manage the city.

Finally, the new urban digital policy promises a analytical approach to new technologies – 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) or blockchain, and those that remain to emerge. It will therefore implement only proven and safe technologies and will use them in order to facilitate the daily life of the inhabitants of Warsaw.

The digital transformation policy is part of the broader strategic vision of urban development called # Warszawa2030. You can find more information about these two in English on this link.

Overview of Warsaw’s digital policy. Image of the city of Warsaw

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