Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava in the Slovak SMART City Index project
In Trnava, researchers evaluate smart cities in Slovakia (Source: http://fsvucm.sk)
The first Slovak SMART City Index took stock of data for 2020 and compared them with 2019 in six reference areas. The most intelligent city in Slovakia is Bratislava, which has covered its surrounding cities in the index. Researchers from the Department of Public Administration of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius based on statistical data have unique data on the state of Slovak smart cities.
The Slovak SMART City Index was created as an academic project as a result of the cooperation of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (FSV UCM in Trnava) and the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic on the occasion of cooperation on the creation of Smart Cities Workshop under the umbrella of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The first data comparing Slovak smart governments were presented on 25 November 2019 in the Hotel Bôrik in Bratislava at the Smart Cities Workshop event.
The comparison is based on 6 reference areas (pillars), which are smart governance (public affairs), people (and communities), environment, life (and services), mobility and the economy. These areas are based on a study by Professor Giffinger of the Technical University of Vienna. Likewise, the indicators that are evaluated for individual municipalities are defined as much as possible and evaluated with the same type of data as defined by the mentioned Austrian study.
"Slovakia is in the stage of implementing the agenda for Smart Villages rather than Smart Cities. Therefore, it is difficult to compare data between Slovak municipalities. At the same time, we theoretically have about five places that could be compared at the European or world level, “says the project implementer Dr. Andrej Kóňa from FSV UCM in Trnava. The Smart Cities Index compares those municipalities with at least 3,000 inhabitants. On the website http://www.inteligentnemesta.sk you can also find the categorization of local governments according to the number of inhabitants and their comparison in this category.
After registration, the data are made available to users and displayed not only statistically for individual years, but also within the profiles of individual evaluated municipalities, districts and regions. "We perceive great added value in the use of our data at the present time, when local governments are creating their PHSR and SMART strategies. At the same time, we want to connect local governments in the future based on their needs with suppliers of SMART solutions, "recommends why data should be adopted not only by local governments, head of the Department of Public Administration FSV UCM in Trnava at the academic level, but also by sector, the need to monitor and acquire new types of data, ie indicators that are already commonly available abroad, for the needs of the development of smart cities. "
The Slovak SMART City Index is also a suitable tool for entrepreneurs who, thanks to defined critical areas (eg safety, environment, public participation in public affairs) of individual local governments, have the opportunity to present their innovative solutions in a more targeted manner. In the future, academics from FSV UCM have a vision of creating an online space in which they will be able to directly connect local governments and solution providers based on the established requirements of both parties.
The Slovak media also informed about the results of the Slovak SMART City Index. The researchers published a press release and answered several questions from reporters. With the research, they got into the evening news of TV Markíza, the supplements of the Reality daily Hospodárske noviny, as well as the entries for Radio Regina Západ and Radio Regina Východ for Slovak Radio and Television. They also gave an interview for a monthly magazine published by the city of Trnava - Novinky z radnice.