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Smart City Innovations in Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom first in Croatia to launch NB-IoT – The Network for the Internet of Things
Hrvatski Telekom has unveiled the new Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network technology. The technology is intended for devices that do not require a continuous network connection and that send extremely small amounts of data with no need for SMS, MMS, or voice communication.

This technology will shortly provide an extremely large number of connected IoT devices on the Croatian market and secure the prerequisites for Croatian IT companies to develop a large number of IoT solutions for the domestic and foreign market. After final testing of the NB-IoT network was successfully completed in the city of Koprivnica during 2017, the NB-IoT network was available on the commercial market from 2 May 2018.

HT's EV Charging Network with more than 120 EV Chargers
Hrvatski Telekom has proved to be the leader in the segment of e-mobility solutions within the Deutsche Telekom Group with a fully developed ecosystem of infrastructure, services, and electric vehicle EV charging.

Hrvatski Telekom has opened 11 networked EV chargers on the island of Krk, offering a range of functionalities, such as an option to book charging. It is a part of Krk’s long-term strategy to become the first “smart island” in Croatia. Hrvatski Telekom's e-mobility solution is the most advanced complete ecosystem of service infrastructure and “turnkey” charging. HT's EV charging network currently has 120 publicly accessible EV chargers equipped with 165 charge points in 75 cities throughout Croatia, and the network is expanding continuously. The use of HT's EV chargers more than doubled in 2017 compared to the previous year.

The air control system
The air control system continuously analyses air quality and this is another of HT’s solutions. It provides a deeper insight into the causes of air pollution and this information is crucial for the formation of urban policies to reduce pollution in the most exposed parts of a city.

Hrvatski Telekom and Go2Digital start Modernization of Public Payphones
Hrvatski Telekom and the Croatian agency for digital out-of-home advertising – Go2Digital – have signed an agreement to modernize payphones. Existing payphones only offer telephony and they will be replaced by digital payphones and a number of IoT-based smart solutions.

This will give the public access to many new features, ranging from wireless charging for mobile devices, to information about pollen levels in the air by means of special sensors inside the booths, to the SOS key that can be used to call for emergency help in the event of an accident. Each booth is also a WiFi img Hot Spot providing free, unlimited Internet that gives users and passers-by connectivity.

The digital display will feature an interactive map in six languages to provide easier navigation in cities and give users instructions on how to reach their desired location. There will also be a digital display (Citylight) for advertisers on the back of the payphone. Initially, there was one such payphone in Rovinj and one in Zagreb, and 20 further payphones were installed in Zagreb during July and August of 2018. At least 25 payphones throughout Croatia will be replaced annually in a rolling program.

Hrvatski Telekom is making significant investments in advanced infrastructure to accelerate the digitalization of society with projects such as modernization of payphones.

Smart Parking for Disabled Persons in Split will raise the Quality of Life and reduce Traffic in the City Center
Hrvatski Telekom and its partner Mobilisis rolled out a smart parking solution for people with disabilities in Split. This will contribute to increasing the quality of life for people with disabilities in Split and reduce city traffic in the center of Split.

A total of 12 sensors from Mobilisis were installed in parking spaces intended for people with disabilities at the junction of Antun Gustav Matoš Street and Zrinsko-frankopanska Street in Split (Stari plac). The sensors operate on the Narrowband IoT network of Hrvatski Telekom. They are connected to the Split parking app that allows users to see accessible parking spaces. All this contributes to better traffic quality in the city.

It is estimated that up to 30 percent of city traffic is caused by drivers looking for a parking space. IoT solutions collect occupancy data and sensor information to provide reliable forecasts for occupancy of parking places in the city. Drivers can gain access to this resource through the smartphone application. Smart parking solutions like this help cities to reduce congestion on roads and save time for drivers.

Smart parking in Split is the first IoT project implemented on the Narrowband IoT network of Hrvatski Telekom in Croatia. The network features excellent coverage, low cost, high signal quality, and a high level of security and reliability in line with global telecommunication standards in mobile networks.

The Smart parking project is being rolled out in other parts of Split for people with disabilities and the plan is to use new technology in standard commercial parking spaces.