Tallinn among the seven most intelligent communities again
Eestlased Eestis 02 Jun 2010  EWR
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Tallinn was chosen as one of the seven most intelligent communities in the world for the fourth year in a row.

Tallinn City Secretary Toomas Sepp said that Suwon, a city in South Korea, was the winner this year. Nevertheless, the fact that Tallinn was among the seven finalists for the fourth year in a row in a competition with several hundred competitors is noteworthy per se.

“Tallinn is increasing its information technology-related capability, is using the newest systems, and helping to implement and improve e-services in the country. This time, Tallinn earned recognition for the speedy and widespread implementation of new and innovative information technology solutions. The City of Tallinn has guaranteed the Internetization of all schools, and there are over 300 wireless Internet hotspots in the city of which 60 have free Internet connections provided by the city. The provision of free broad-based computer training for the residents, the comprehensive implementation of e-governance solutions in the management of the city, the continual growth of the number of e-services directed at the population, use of ID cards as public transportation tickets are only some examples of the activities that characterize Tallinn as a community that functions dynamically and innovatively,” Sepp added.

“This time, 430 cities and communities were candidates aspiring to be among the seven best. This year, Tallinn was one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year 2010 finalists along with two US communities – Arlington County in the state of Virginia and the city of Dublin in Ohio – the cities of Dundee in Scotland, Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Ottawa in Canada and Suwon in South Korea.

Last year’s winner was Stockholm, which was recognized primarily for the execution of long-term objectives oriented at the future that guarantee sustainable and innovative development.

The selection of the most progressive community in the field of information technology is organized by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

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