Plans afoot to turn Famagusta into ‘Smart City’

A project to turn Famagusta into a ‘Smart City’ will be presented at a bi-communal conference entitled “Smart City” in early May.

International companies that will manage the implementation of advanced technological systems for Famagusta during the town’s reconstruction, will attend the conference.

The conference will be also be attended by President Nicos Anastasiades and President Mustafa Akinci, the head of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fidis Pilides announced on Tuesday.

He said the project, including the fenced-off suburb of Varosha, was presented to Anastasiades who is positive about the venture, while Akinci’s position is not yet known. However, the project will be presented to him by members of the Chamber.

Cypriot company Logicom is funding the conference and is confident that it will draw companies such as Microsoft and Intel.

Pointing to Barcelona which is a Smart City, the Chamber of Commerce’s General Secretary Marios Tsakis, said that the revitalised city can have a well-organised infrastructure, with renewable energy resources, avoiding pollution. It will also have a metro. High tech systems will control everything, including traffic lights and local administration, he said.


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