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Tallinn looks to become the world’s smartest city

Tallinn has set itself the target of becoming the smartest city in the world. The city’s latest initiative, carried out in cooperation with the technology university TalTech covers a wide range of projects from self-driving vehicles to the use of artificial intelligence to create personal routes for tourists.

“This is only the beginning. We hope to revitalise all those areas currently under development, offering smart and innovative solutions,” the deputy mayor of Tallinn Andrei Novikov told Emerging Europe at MIPIM, the world’s largest property market.

The smart programmes will include transport and mobility, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, construction and architecture, urban management and civic engagement, digital city, and IT solutions.

“MIPIM can help us connect to the private sector and it gives us the possibility to share our e-solutions with other cities and country across the region,” Mr Novikov added.

Aivar Riisalu, another of Tallinn’s deputy mayors, underlined the importance of the city not only when in terms of digitalisation but also for the real estate sector.

“It’s important to make people more aware of Tallinn as a trustworthy investment destination, one which is on the radar of consultants who influence investment decisions,” he explained.