According to the Moscow Department of Transport, the Early Bird discount program has been extended until March 31. Thanks to this project, passengers can save up to 50% on fare payment for morning trips on Lines 7 and 15 of the Moscow Metro.
The Department noted that the Early Bird campaign helped to redistribute passenger flows and reduce passenger traffic of the Line 7 of the Moscow Metro, the busiest line of the network, during the peak hours. Cars on the Line 7 are now 7% freer in the morning peak hours. In addition, the crowdedness at Kitay-Gorod station has been decreased up to 18%, and Vykhino and Polezhaevskaya – up to 17%.
According to Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport, the project has proved its effectiveness, having impacted the most popular section of the metro during peak hours. In this regard, it was decided to extend the Early Bird campaign.
«Thanks to the campaign, as well as to the adjustment of fares on Kazansky railway direction for those who travel to the railway station, cars became 7% freer in the mornings on Line 7 – we managed to relieve the load on the most popular section of the metro during rush hours. In this regard, the Mayor of Moscow decided to extend the Early Bird discount program until March 31», – said Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.
The project was launched in November 2020. Discounts are valid on weekdays until 07:15 and from 08:45 to 09:15 on the Moscow Metro Lines 7 and 15. About 100 thousand passengers use discounts every day. More than 5.7 thousand Moscow residents changed their daily travel time to off-peak. By the end of 2021, passengers have made more than 25 million discounted trips.
Coding – what is it and what are the benefits?
Coding has become more popular in recent years with everyone from entrepreneurs, hobbyists, children and professionals. And with many different kits now available, it’s easier than ever to try your hand at coding.
If you’re unsure what coding is or where to begin, read on to discover more and find out the benefits of learning this new skill.
What is coding and what is it used for?
In a nutshell, coding is writing a set of instructions in a language understood by machines to enable a computer to follow to carry out a task. It’s used daily across the world in multiple applications from appliances to traffic systems and the motor industry.
With more of the world relying heavily on digital systems, there is an increased need for those who know how to code. But it’s not just for professionals. Anyone can now try their hand at coding and it’s increasingly popular amongst hobbyists who are creating exciting projects during their spare time.
A good place to start when thinking about coding as a hobby is by using a Raspberry Pi kit. Starter kits are great for beginners and allow you to develop your coding skills with everything you need in one package.
Benefits of learning to code
Whilst some benefits of learning to code such as future career options might be obvious, there are other advantages to this skill:
- You could become smarter – Coding can utilise the logical part of your brain which is useful for other tasks, not just the coding process. It can also be very creative if you use your coding skills to work on different projects.
- It increases your employability – and not just in the computer software industry. Skills learnt from coding are transferrable and the kind of qualities employers across many industries will be looking for.
- It helps you understand technology – By getting to grips with computer languages, you’ll learn how technology works at a base level – knowledge that will filter through to everyday life as well as in your career.
- Enhance problem solving skills – By learning to code you’ll learn how to address problems and, in turn, become skilled at solving them. Tools that will be transferred to other aspects of life.
- Enhances STEM learning for kids – Using coding tools as educational play will develop a child’s skills around science and technology – industries which are only going to increase in the near future.
- Coding is a universal language – so there are endless opportunities to learning this skill.
Whatever knowledge you have of coding, why not give it a go? You could be creating the next big robotics project, having fun playing games with your kids or even developing a new software programme in no time.
C-Suite Toolkit Helps Executives Navigate the Artificial Intelligence Landscape
The World Economic Forum published the “AI C-Suite Toolkit” to support executives in their Artificial Intelligence implementation decision making. The toolkit provides a holistic approach to AI, covering multiple dimensions businesses need to consider when making investments in AI. Emphasis is given on potential risks these technologies create and how to ensure the ethical and responsible use of them.
“The key skill executives need to develop is the ability to understand the art of the possible with AI while identifying the main risks it creates,” said Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum. Furthermore, Theos Evgeniou, Professor at INSEAD and Co-Founder of Tremau said, “Organizations need to adopt new data and AI risk management practices, processes and tools in order to both comply with upcoming regulations and to ensure customer trust”,
The new toolkit is the result of a collaboration among several AI experts and executives across companies and industries. It also builds on the previous World Economic Forum guide that’s targeted at Boards of Directors.
“AI is like the Internet: it feels optional until it’s too late. We were delighted to contribute Best Practice AI’s practical digital strategy and transformation experience working with executives globally to this world class effort. C-suite leadership is key to deliver data-enabled business model transformation – and senior management learning critical to ensure that this is done ethically and sustainably. The toolkit provides both,” said Simon Greenman, Partner at Best Practice AI and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council
The AI C-Suite toolkit raises and discusses key questions that company executives need to consider when making investments in AI. These questions cover aspects around AI and business strategy, the impact of AI on an organization, AI maturity and organizational change, best practices for implementing AI, understanding and managing AI risks, and adoption of ethical and responsible AI practices and processes.
“With our strong expertise in manufacturing consultancy and +100 SIRI maturity assessments, we see that the foundational knowledge of AI in operationalizing the strategy is visible as a common need. Global research on the subject confirm that using AI has benefits like providing cost reduction, inventory minimization, quality increase, profit optimization, etc., and potential risks like strengthening inequalities. Creating a platform for understanding the benefits and mitigating the risks is required, especially at the executive level. With the modularity and extensive understanding of AI, this toolkit will be a reference guide for all leaders,” said Efe Erdem, MEXT Group Director & Head of C4IR Turkey. “We are excited for this toolkit to come to life and serve as a critical guideline for the industry.”
Organizations at various levels of AI maturity can benefit from the steps laid out in the AI C-Suite Toolkit to leverage AI while mitigating possible risks. “As an advisor to C-suite executives of organizations aspiring to become AI and Data-driven, we have observed firsthand how fundamental it is for leaders to understand how to make informed decisions such that their organizations can truly reap the benefits of AI in the coming years. We believe this guide will be instrumental in helping executives identify the right opportunities to solve problems using AI and overcome the challenges and barriers they will face on their journey,” said Nihar Dalmia, Canada Government and Public Services Leader, Omnia AI, Deloitte.
The toolkit states, “a culture of large volume experimentation, data-driven decision making, and ethical AI distinguishes market leaders.” The authors and contributors urge organizations to pilot this toolkit and share their learnings of using it.
“The AI C-Suite Toolkit on Empowering AI leadership is a timely report for C-suite executives as more organizations embrace AI across their enterprise,” said Anand Rao, Global Leader, Artificial Intelligence, PwC, USA. “PwC is delighted to collaborate with the World Economic Forum on this toolkit to provide a practical and operational framework to implement AI in a responsible manner. The holistic and enterprise-wide end-to-end governance will enable C-suite executives to take advantage of the benefits of AI while also addressing the societal and ethical risks.”
Moscow’s digital ecosystem was awarded with Runet prize
Projects of the Moscow Government received the Runet Prize in five nominations at once, in particular in “State and Society”, “Creative Industries”, “Development of Domestic Tourism” nominations and others. Among the laureates are the digital ecosystem of Moscow, the service of short-term rent of urban spaces “Together with Culture”, the Russpass tourist service and the Discovermoscow.com portal. More than a thousand applications were submitted for the contest.
This year the Moscow digital ecosystem celebrated its 10th anniversary — in 2011 was launched the first e-service. And now more than 380 useful digital services help residents in their daily life. The mos.ru portal of the Mayor and the Moscow Government, the Electronic House and Our City platforms, useful mobile applications — each city project is designed to make it as easy as possible for Muscovites to solve everyday problems and free up time for what is really important to them.
With digitalization a fundamentally new standard of quality of life in the metropolis was set. Moscow became more human-centered, and former bureaucratic apparatus turned into user-friendly 24/7 service.
In 2021, the Runet Prize was awarded in six main nominations, such as State and society, Media and mass communications, Education and personnel, Economy and business, Science, technology and innovation, Health and healthcare, and in seven special nominations. Among them are “Development of domestic tourism”, “Cultural projects in the network”, “Gaming industry and eSports”, “Creative industries”.
State and Society nomination
The winner of the award in the category “State and Society” was the project “Digital Ecosystem of Moscow. City as a Service”. Any technology is introduced in Moscow not for the sake of the technology itself, but in order to make life in the metropolis as comfortable as possible. Every citizen is at the center of digital transformation.
Moscow was the first in Russia to start providing government services online. At this stage, the Moscow digital ecosystem includes more than 10 online resources that solve various issues, and over 380 electronic services. With their help, Muscovites can make an appointment with a doctor or for a vaccination, enroll a child in a creative circle or a sports club, apply for a business subsidy. 14.4 million people are registered on the mos.ru city portal, from where online services are provided.
Unnecessary visits to institutions, receipt and transfer of paper certificates are in the past: they are replaced by a few clicks. Since 2011, electronic services in Moscow were used more than two billion times. And their demand is growing every year: if in 2011 residents applied for electronic services only 57 thousand times, then by the end of 2020 this figure exceeded 400 million. Almost any household issue can be resolved online.
The digital ecosystem of Moscow is a complex of technological solutions, forming a single online environment with useful tools for every Muscovite. For example, a Mos ID account gives access to more than 150 resources — portals and mobile applications, including not only city sites but also popular private ones. Thanks to the development of digital interagency interaction, authorities receive almost all the necessary information from each other in electronic form, which saves citizens from the need to provide them and significantly saves time.
Development of Domestic Tourism nomination
Moscow projects Russpass and Discovermoscow.com were jointly awarded in the special nomination “Development of Domestic Tourism”.
The Russpass travel service was created at the initiative of the Moscow Government. To develop the project Moscow government cooperates with all regions of the country. The service began operating in the summer of 2020, and has since been used by 1.4 million people. Using the Russpass, one can plan an individual route in Russia, purchase ready-made tours, plane, train or museum tickets, and book a table in a restaurant. Today the service brings together more than 3.5 thousand offers for travelers. Last autumn Russpass presented a mobile application. It is available in three languages: Russian, English and Spanish.
All the basic information for travelers is accumulated by the official travel portal of Moscow Discovermoscow.com. Here you can find data on hundreds of attractions: old manors, cultural sites, museums and monuments. There you can also find a section with online excursions and virtual walks around the city, get acquainted with the gastronomic points of Moscow.
Creative Industries nomination
In the nomination “Creative Industries” Moscow service of short-term rental of urban spaces “Together with culture” won the Runet award. Since February of this year, Muscovites have the opportunity to rent premises in a library, museum or House of Culture in order to hold their event there — an exhibition, performance, or lecture. Now the service has more than 530 premises. In addition, the user can order the necessary equipment or request organizational assistance.
Other Moscow projects — laureates
Two more digital projects of the Moscow Government became laureates in 2021 — the use of computer vision in medicine, as well as virtual laboratories and the Moscow Electronic School (MES) progress report mobile application.
The Runet Prize is a prestigious national award in the field of information technology and electronic communications. This year it was awarded for the 18th time. For all the time, more than 360 organizations received this prize.
Moscow virtual map: mos.ru updated city panoramas
Map section of the mos.ru portal updated Moscow virtual panoramas. New 3D photos were added to the selection, and for the easiness of users a toolbar was developed, which provides new opportunities for maps and images using. Now you can find out the exact date of the last panorama shooting of a particular street and measure the distance to the required object.
The interactive map on mos.ru is part of the Moscow Digital Twin system. In the past year, almost 1.5 million images were added to it, and there are already more than 11.4 million of them. For the first time, users have the opportunity to measure the distance from one object to another directly in the photo. The functionality also allows you to trace through archive footage how the city’s appearance changed. To date, this is the most detailed map of Moscow with panoramic photographs.
To use the Panorama function, go to the Map section of the mos.ru portal. In the upper right corner, you click on a special icon. You can move around the map by clicking on the desired point (at the bottom of the screen) or with 360 degrees panorama scrolling.
A new toolbar that helps the user to work with panoramic images is located at the bottom of the screen. It has eight icons: Object Info, Length, Distance to Line, Vertical Distance, Polyline Length, Area, Plane, and Dual Screen mode. By clicking on each of them, you can get additional on the Moscow region and the panorama objects.
“Specialists shoot panoramas once or twice a year. Thanks to this, the map remains relevant. Information on it can be searched by thematic sections, for example, such as “My District”, “Repair and Reconstruction”, “Landscaping”,” Eduard Lysenko, the Minister of the Moscow Government, head of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies, noted.
Thanks to the options in the toolbar, all panoramas are now interactive. Now you can also measure the area of buildings and any other structures. And by clicking on the “Objects information” button, it is easy to find out the address of the building or land plot and other data from the database of the Property Inventory and Registration Authority.
A tool “Dual Screen mode” allows you to display two panoramic pictures at the same time, taken from approximately the same point, but in different years. You can see how Moscow changed over the past time. In addition, the shooting date is now added to every panorama photo.
An interactive map on the mos.ru portal is useful Moscow service that helps you easily navigate the city. The map shows Moscow in great detail: with its help, you can find any organization, the nearest bike rental or city Wi-Fi access point, as well as get information on the planned changes in neighboring and much more.
The panoramic car with four cameras on the roof is used for shooting in most cases. The car moves through the streets, and every 20-30 meters, all four cameras simultaneously take pictures. When there is no access by car, a manual photo session is done. Every month the service is used by an average of 35 thousand people.
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