About the event

ComNews Information Group would like to invite you and your colleagues to the 8th Federal Business Forum “Smart City & Region: Digital Technologies Paving Way to a Smart Country”.

Date: February 25, 2021

Venue: AZIMUT Hotel St Petersburg (Saint Petersburg, Lermontovskiy pr. 43/1).

The event will be held in the offline format, but online attendance will also be enabled.

Launched in 2018, since 2019 the “Smart City” project is implemented as part of the national program “Digital Economy” and national project “Housing and Urban Environment”. In two years since the project was launched, standards and requirements to cities have changed. In 2019, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation proposed to transform “Smart City” into “Digital Region”. However, in July 2020, the Government postponed the federal project “Digital Region” until April 2021. The pandemic has the world hard, so public funds were redirected to address the repercussions of coronavirus. Ministry of Communications and Mass Media requested that the project was given another brush, and that regional budgets must be excluded from its sources of funding. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us exactly how important digital technologies are for the health and safety of Russians. The restrictions imposed by lockdown served as a boost for digital transformation of Russian cities, but at the same time, digital services and solutions, which appeared during the pandemic, come with certain problems and risks that didn’t take long to manifest themselves.   

The forum is meant to enable an honest and trust-based dialogue between the government and the business community, identify mechanisms which can help address the main issues faced by all regions post-Covid; assess the situation and reflect on possible scenarios; formulate specific proposals for the national projects in need of a revision; seek new business models to address digital transformation tasks of cities and regions; facilitate exchange in models and best practices of raising private funding; exchange practical experiences in new Smart City Standards. Speakers will also look into how contactless technologies help to combat coronavirus, which comprehensive solutions are solicited in the post-Covid period, and discuss opportunities and strategies of successfully implementing Regional Control Centers.

Key topics of the Forum:

  • Will the ministerial project Smart City and federal project Digital Region be resumed after the pandemic in full? Could it happen that only one of the projects would be “unfreezed” in the aftermath of COVID-19?
  • Possible sources of funding for Smart City / Digital Region
  • Which sectors of the municipal economy got a positive boost during the pandemic in terms of digital transformation, and which were hit the hardest? How can that experience be useful in the future?
  • Which digital services and solutions, developed during the pandemic, manifested problems and risks, and why?
  • As new digital services were implemented on the go, what was done to ensure security of sensitive personal data, such as the data required to issue digital passes and social cards or to implement teleworking?
  • How can new national standards for Smart City facilitate implementation of digital technologies in the urban environment?
  • Combating COVID-19 with help of Smart City technologies
  • Innovative technologies for comprehensive digital transformation of housing and utilities sector
  • The technologies of Smart road infrastructure: digital solutions for controlling road network and traffic flows
  • Contactless technologies for municipal management
  • Regional Control Center: tasks, opportunities and successful implementation strategies


Forum audience: federal legislative and executive government bodies, administration of national project Digital Economy of the Russian Federation; regional and municipal authorities; government development institutions; regional and federal operators of wired and wireless communications; IT companies; power distribution and other utility enterprises; manufacturers of electronic metering devices; representatives of businesses looking to implement digital technologies at their enterprises – construction and development companies, retailers, transport and logistics operators, service and management companies, security providers and etc; vendors of ICT solutions; system integrators; developers of digital services; and industry media and experts.

Post-release with an overview of Smart City & Region 2020 is available here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Forum in St. Petersburg!


Best regards,

Organizing Committee


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