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The projects of the Moscow government received the Runet Prize in five nominations at once, in particular in the nominations “State and society”, “Creative industries”, “Development of domestic tourism” and others. Among the winners are the Moscow digital ecosystem, the short-term rental service of urban spaces “Together with Culture”, the tourist service Russpass and the portal. Over a thousand entries were submitted for the competition.

This year, Moscow’s digital ecosystem celebrated its 10th anniversary — in 2011 the first e-service was launched. And now more than 380 useful digital services help residents in their daily lives. The portal of the mayor and government of Moscow, Electronic House and Our City platforms, useful mobile applications – each city project is designed to allow Muscovites to solve everyday problems as easily as possible and free time for what is really important to them.

With digitization, a fundamentally new standard of quality of life in the metropolis has been established. Moscow has become more human-centric and the old bureaucratic apparatus has transformed into a friendly 24/7 service.

In 2021, the Runet Prize was awarded in six major nominations, such as State and Society, Media and Mass Communications, Education and Personnel, Economics and Business, Science, Technology and innovation, health and healthcare, and in seven special appointments. Among them are “Development of domestic tourism”, “Cultural projects in the network”, “Game industry and eSports”, “Creative industries”.

State and company appointment

The winner of the prize in the category “State and Society” was the project “Moscow Digital Ecosystem. The city as a service”. Any technology is brought to Moscow not for the technology itself, but to make life in the metropolis as comfortable as possible. Every citizen is at the center of the digital transformation.

Moscow was the first in Russia to start providing government services online. At this point, Moscow’s digital ecosystem includes more than 10 online resources that solve various problems and more than 380 electronic services. With their help, Muscovites can make an appointment with a doctor or for vaccination, enroll a child in a creative circle or a sports club, apply for a business subsidy. 14.4 million people are registered on the municipal portal, from which online services are provided.

Unnecessary visits to establishments, the receipt and transfer of paper certificates are a thing of the past: they are replaced by a few clicks. Since 2011, electronic services in Moscow have been used more than two billion times. And their demand is growing every year: if in 2011 residents requested electronic services only 57,000 times, by the end of 2020 this figure exceeded 400 million. Almost all household issues can be resolved online.

Moscow’s digital ecosystem is a complex of technological solutions, forming a single online environment with useful tools for every Muscovite. For example, a Mos ID account provides access to more than 150 resources – portals and mobile applications, including not only city sites but also popular private sites. Thanks to the development of digital interaction between services, authorities receive almost all necessary information from each other in electronic form, which saves citizens the need to provide it and saves a lot of time.

Domestic Tourism Appointment Development

Moscow projects Russpass and were jointly awarded in the special nomination “Development of domestic tourism”.

The Russpass travel service was created on the initiative of the Moscow government. To develop the project, the Moscow government is cooperating with all regions of the country. The service started operating in the summer of 2020 and has since been used by 1.4 million people. Using the Russpass, one can plan an individual route in Russia, buy ready-made tours, plane, train or museum tickets and reserve a table in a restaurant. Today, the service collects more than 3.5 thousand offers for travelers. Last fall, Russpass introduced a mobile app. It is available in three languages: Russian, English and Spanish.

All basic information for travelers is accumulated by the official Moscow travel portal Here you can find data on hundreds of attractions: old mansions, cultural sites, museums and monuments. There you can also find a section with online excursions and virtual walks around the city, get acquainted with the gastronomic points of Moscow.

Nomination of creative industries

In the “Creative Industries” nomination, the Moscow short-term rental service of urban spaces “Together with Culture” won the Runet Prize. Since February of this year, Muscovites have had the opportunity to rent premises in a library, museum or house of culture to hold their event – an exhibition, performance or conference. Today, the service has more than 530 premises. In addition, the user can order the necessary equipment or request organizational assistance.

Other Moscow projects — winners

Two other digital projects of the Moscow government were awarded in 2021 – the use of computer vision in medicine, as well as virtual laboratories and the progress report mobile application of the Moscow Electronic School (MES) .

The Runet Prize is a prestigious national prize in the field of information technology and electronic communications. This year it was awarded for the 18th time. Historically, more than 360 organizations have received this award.

Virtual map of Moscow: city panoramas updated by

The Map section of the portal has updated virtual panoramas of Moscow. New 3D photos have been added to the selection, and for the convenience of users, a toolbar has been developed, which offers new possibilities for using maps and images. Now you can know the exact date of the last panoramic shot of a particular street and measure the distance to the required object.

The interactive map on is part of the Moscow Digital Twin system. Over the past year, nearly 1.5 million images have been added, and there are already over 11.4 million. For the first time, users have the ability to measure the distance from one object to another directly in the photo. The feature also allows you to trace through archival footage how the appearance of the city has changed. To date, this is the most detailed map of Moscow with panoramic photographs.

To use the Panorama function, go to the Map section of the portal. In the upper right corner you click on a special icon. You can move around the map by clicking on the desired point (at the bottom of the screen) or with a 360 degree panoramic scroll.

A new toolbar that helps the user to work with panoramic images is located at the bottom of the screen. It has eight icons: object information, length, distance to line, vertical distance, polyline length, area, plane, and dual screen mode. By clicking on each of them, you can get additional information about the Moscow region and scenic objects.

“Specialists produce panoramas once or twice a year. Thanks to this, the map remains relevant. Information about it can be searched by thematic sections, such as “My district”, “Repair and reconstruction”, “Landscaping””, Eduard Lyssenko, Minister of the Government of Moscow, Head of the Information Technology Department of Moscow, noted.

Thanks to the toolbar options, all panoramas are now interactive. Now you can also measure the area of ​​buildings and any other structures. And by clicking on the “Object information” button, it is easy to find out the address of the building or land plot and other data from the database of the Property Inventory and Registration Authority.

A “dual-screen mode” tool allows you to display two panoramic photos at the same time, taken at roughly the same point, but in different years. You can see how Moscow has changed over time. In addition, the shooting date is now added to each panoramic photo.

An interactive map on the portal is a useful service of Moscow that helps you easily navigate the city. The map shows Moscow in detail: with its help you can find any organization, the nearest bicycle rental or Wi-Fi hotspot in the city, as well as information about planned changes in the surroundings and much more.

The panoramic car with four cameras on the roof is used for shooting in most cases. The car moves through the streets and every 20-30 meters the four cameras take pictures simultaneously. When there is no car access, a manual photoshoot is performed. Each month, the service is used by an average of 35,000 people.

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