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Digital Islands

Milan is smarter!

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This is a very special moment for our society: the cities in which we live are transforming and the standard is becoming more suitable for those who live in them.
Have you found yourself in the middle of the street with a dead cell phone battery? Do you need information about public transport? Are you looking for an alternative transportation and one that is green?

Finally, the city responds to your needs: Digital Islands arrive. What are these? How can they be useful to citizens?

Digital Islands - Via Hoepli, Milan (Italy)

On 14 October, as part of the "Electric City Movers" project, the first island to be inaugurated was Via Hoepli. Telecom Italia, along with other companies, sponsored the project,and made 22 totem Islands available and has made ​​the GUI by Telecom Italy Digital Solutions.

The official testimonial for the event was from DJ Francesco Facchinetti who was the first citizen of Milan to ‘live’ on the island.

The project "Digital Islands", as stated by Sergio Mancuso (Deputy Director General of the Municipality of Milan), is partly funded by the partners and from the winning of a Public Announcement of the Lombardy Region.

The project, a collaboration of Public Administration, citizens and the enterprises network, started in April 2012, and to date have been installed 15 Digital islands that will double by February 2014.

What is a Digital Island?

A Digital Island is a hyper-technological outdoor space which is open to citizens and tourists to communicate, inform and move in a sustainable manner.
Each island offers a package of interactive services that give the opportunity to have a 360° experience and explore the city easily. For example:

Looking Ahead

The project was born from a continuous synergy both public and private, it promises to further evolve over time. The main objective is the integration of services for disabled people, such as ordering taxis and emergency vehicles, wireless sensors for tracking traffic-induced pollution. For the purpose of the Expo Digital Islands represent real "laboratories".

"This project allows us to offer a preview of what we are doing together at Expo 2015 to make " smart " not only the exhibition area, but the entire city of Milan : the multimedia kiosks that we make available, 15 of which are already operational , and the connection to the cloud platform of Nuvola Italiana represents the technological heart of these areas digitized and will provide services to citizens and tourists increasingly evolved through interaction with smartphones and tablets" said Carlotta Ventura, Head of Domestic Media Telecom Italia . "Among the important projects related to technological innovation that we are involved in for the benefit of the country, we are especially proud to make common factor in the Digital Islands and in the Expo project  infrastructure and expertise of TIM and Telecom Italia in the most advanced technologies, the cloud and NFC  with the aim to simplify and improve the quality of the daily lives of citizens."

The 15 islands are also important for Expo 2015 because, as explains Piero Galli, General Manager for Event Management Expo 2015, "it is a step towards a technological network with the latest amenities, which you want to create in order to accommodate the more than twenty million visitors expected."
These 15 islands embody the efforts and expertise of the many sponsors of the experience: green energies converge here and latest technologies in networking and navigation.