Nicosia has officially taken the first step to become the first smart city in Cyprus. On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, two contracts were signed for the launch of the project "Supply, installation and operation of smart city infrastructure and systems", paving the way for the realization of the Integrated Smart City Strategy 2018-2028, of the Municipality of Nicosia, which is being implemented in the last five years.
The Municipality of Nicosia aspires to make this project a model project for the development of similar smart city projects. It will be co-funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds, the Republic of Cyprus and the Municipality of Nicosia and is divided in two lots that will be implemented via the strategic cooperation of leading organisations, led by Logicom Solutions for Lot 1 and CYTA for Lot 2.
EY proudly participates in the implementation of Lot 2 as a strategic partner of CYTA along with Newcytech, Nokia and Yodiwo. Lot 2 relates to the design and implementation of Smart City Systems and includes among others, the installation of smart lighting, sensors monitoring environmental parameters, a smart waste monitoring system, the development of an integrated system of sustainable mobility, the development of applications for traffic monitoring and smart parking solutions.
EY, will leverage its experience in transformation projects of public entities and organizations, to contribute effectively to this major project by providing services related to project management, the required transformation of operational functions, change management and training, information security and the architecture of smart solutions.
The duration of the project is expected to be 36 months; however, the first smart city infrastructures and systems will be available within 2021.
Charalambos Constantinou, Partner and Head of Consulting at EY Cyprus, commented: "The pandemic's socioeconomic impact has accentuated the need for smarter, more sustainable cities that will be able to meet citizens' increasing needs and expectations. Smart cities integrate digital and other new technologies into a city's structures and leverage data to assist providing innovative and additional customer-oriented services. EY Cyprus is proud to participate in this challenging project, which aims to turn Nicosia into the first Smart City in Cyprus and an example to be followed".
Sakis Moyseos, Associate Partner and Government Sector Leader at EY Cyprus, commented: "Digital solutions have the reach and efficiency that is necessary for governments to meet the ever-increasing challenges, and rising citizens' expectations from the services they use. Smart cities solutions, which help societies and economies to function better are an example of this. At EY, we help governments to design and execute digital transformation projects which aim to improve services provided to citizens and will have as a result better quality of life".