The expert said that stopping the rapid creation of smart cities

Self-isolation due to pandemic coronavirus pushed the Russians to the development of modern technology, but a number of factors still hinder to accelerate the creation of smart cities in Russia, told RIA Novosti Director of the "Urban agriculture" Fund "Institute for urban Economics" Irina Gentsler.

According to experts, limitations opportunities events increased the level of interaction of Russians with the technology and modern communications, including online.

"There's such a thing as accelerated development of digital technologies themselves and the backlog of the users, especially when we are talking about ordinary citizens who want to use some services of the city. And the ability to support people to develop their skills to use these systems is very important. In this sense we are significantly behind the technology ahead of user experience. Now actually occurred a jerk - people are less afraid of some things today," - said Henzler.

In her opinion, another limiting factor is that not all Russians have access to the Internet and modern technology. "To allow people to use smart technologies, they often need at least Internet access or a good computer at home, or a modern cell phone. Not always we have the standard of living allows people to have the same equipment when they become an active participant in all digital things," she said.

"In fact, this economic level, the income level of the population - it is very important. Because no matter how much you teach a person to use something if it has a push-button phone or an old model, he will not be able to log on to the Internet, you will not be able to request any service online. That is, it is a deterrent is essential, of course," added the expert.

The project "Smart city" was launched in Russia in 2018 in pilot mode, and since 2019 became mandatory in the framework of two national projects – "Housing and the urban environment" and "Digital economy". It aims to introduce in the Russian city of "smart" systems utilities, a comfortable and safe urban environment, creation of innovative infrastructure and digitalization.