: City Kolín
Kolín is a cultural, historical district town located near Prague – in the east of the Central Bohemian region on the River Elbe, founded in 1261. It has over 30,000 inhabitants, and the average altitude is 220 meters. It is an important railway junction. The chemical industry (Paramo, Draslovka, Lučební závody), the automobile (TPCA – Toyota-Peugeot-Citroën) and the printing industry are prominent. In 2005, a modern industrial
park was established on the northern outskirts of the city. More than 5,000 people are employed there.
: City Vision
In implementing measures for smart cities, I prefer functional and eff ective solutions. For Kolín we are trying to choose those we believe will be benefi cial for our citizens, for offi cials, ideally for both groups at the same time. Strategies and visions are certainly needed, but often the journey ends only with them. If, after identifying problems, we are able to respond operationally and implement life-saving measures,
it is the best way we can go - be SMART not because SMART is IN but because the solutions themselves have a high added value.
: Strategic goals
The goal is to maximally connect the Office with people; we want to implement Citizens Portal and complete electronic submissions – an interface for citizen-to-city electronic communication, a portal for dealing with various life situations, and communication with the citizens‘ (business) office in an Internet environment through ”smart” online forms. We will extensively expand the information system enabling effective clearance of clients in selected departments of the Kolín Municipal Office – making an appointment for a certain time using an Internet application. We will provide the possibility to pay fees through a payment gate without having to visit the office.
Transportation and Parking
Extension of the possibility of guiding drivers to free parking places throughout the city is already under implementation. We are already working on smart bus stops with wi-fi,
electronic timetables showing the exact location of a particular bus and the actual departure time.
With mobile application Kolín v mobilu (Kolín in Mobile Phone), we want to integrate everything that’s possible for residents, and unite all Smart City systems. It is not fragmented partial solutions, but complex interconnected systems with user-friendly
interface and high added value that are essential.
In the framework of energy management, we want to introduce comprehensive electronic monitoring of consumption and optimization of consumption in municipal buildings, schools, nurseries. Another aim is to support electromobility – charging stations, electrobikes, etc.
: Key smart projects
Kolín in mobile phone
An app designed not only for tourists but especially for our citizens. They can learn all about the city, fi nd any contact, and call or write to the responsible offi cials or directly to city government. They can also take a picture of a defect in the public space (a hole in the pavement, a damaged bench, etc.) and send it to the offi ce, where the submissions are automatically distributed to the appropriate department to be resolved by the compentent staff . This includes the aforementioned parking. The application has many other features. We are still expanding it and it is very successful. Our goal
is to implement all subsystems into one application. All this so that people do not have to visit the offi ce and can do everything from their home, for example in the evenings. We want to create a simple payment option, e.g. for waste fees or dog fees. The application has over 5,000 downloads now. http://www.eternal.cz/kolin/
The Smart Waste Management System
includes monitoring the fi ll level of containers for sorted waste. People can look at the web site to fi nd out where the nearest containers are located, what their current fi ll level is and when the next pick-up is planned: https://kolin.smartcity.cz/public/. This is
a guide for the waste management company to optimize garbage collection and the number and placement of the containers and, if needed, addition of extra containers. But from an outside perspective, the most important factor is that the container places are visibly cleaner. The purpose of the project is to optimize the collection routes and the number of containers at individual locations in the city, to achieve an increase in the proportion of sorted waste and cleaner places around the containers after the optimization of the routes. By 2024, according to the Waste Management Act, landfi
lling is to be entirely replaced by recycling, composting or waste incineration. Cities should start preparing now and motivate their inhabitants to behave in a more environmentally conscious way. The service works on a simple principle. Each container for sorted waste is provided either with ultrasonic sensors (active mode)
or a special sticker with NFC chip and QR code (passive mode). These detectors inform about the fi ll level of the container through the data network or through readings by the mobile application.
Thanks to the sensors installed in the paving, people can use a website, a mobile application or interactive signs accross the city to see the location and number of free parking places. At the same time, the application allows for an extremely simple
system of parking payment throughout the city; the driver does not have to look for a parking terminal or use a ticket. The app automatically alerts the user when the parking payment expires and can extend the paid time remotely (e.g. from a restaurant) without having to come to the car. The City Police has a detailed
overview of payments on their mobile phones and tablets and can simply and interactively check who has really paid. The parking ticket is sent to the user’s email; the app has the option of a summary in the form of a monthly tax document, displays
all the parking places on the map and can also navigate to the selected parking lot.