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Breakfast in the Digital Realm: Roscongress and NPO Data Economy launch round of online discussions

6 May 2020
Росконгресс и АНО «Цифровая экономика» запускают цикл онлайн-дискуссий «Завтрак в «Цифровой среде»

The Roscongress Foundation, the Innovation Space project and the independent non-profit organisation Data Economy are set to launch a new project entitled Breakfast in the Digital Realm which will draw on the topical themes of the Digital Economy national programme and take the form of online discussions with state and business representatives. The first round of discussions will take place on 7 May at 9:00. Experts and market leaders will discuss the Internet of Things as a ‘cure’ for the economic effects of coronavirus over their morning cup of coffee. 

The quarantine measures adopted all over the world in response to the spread of coronavirus have led to radical changes not only to our everyday lives and habits but to the economy as a whole. Industry, agriculture and other sectors are looking for ways to adapt to ‘people-less’ scenarios. For many of them, digital transformation has become a kind of black swan event. The need to create fundamentally new infrastructure communication networks, on which the Internet of Things will be launched, has never been so critical.

In 2019, the framework to create narrowband wireless IoT communication networks in Russia was approved by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. The framework outlined five main sectors:

  • Housing and public utilities
  • Industry 4.0
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Transport and logistics

Is the framework still relevant, and how have sector-specific demands for communication networks changed in light of the pandemic? Can the Internet of Things help save industry, agriculture and other sectors? Will coronavirus accelerate the spread of 5G in Russia?

You can find out the answers to these along with many other questions during the Breakfast in a Digital Environment session on 7 May between 9:00 and 10:30.

Online discussion participants:

  • Andrei Kolesnikov, Director of the Internet of Things Association
  • Alexey Rokotyan, Head of Product Development Strategy at ER-Telekom Holding
  • Alexander Smolensky, Deputy General Director and Business Development Director at Zyfra
  • Nikita Utkin, Head of Programmes at “Russian Venture Company” and Chairman of Technical Committee 194 on Cyber and Physical Systems
  • Gleb Boreskov, Head of a project to organize a dedicated fund to support innovative projects in the fields of navigation and communication technology, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and microelectronics (GLONASS)

Online discussion moderator:

  • Roman Yakovlev, Director of IT Infrastructure at Data Economy.

You can watch the online discussion on the Roscongress TV YouTube channel or the Roscongress Facebook page.