Sistema companies leverage smart tech to drive efficiency, sustainability


Smart technology is penetrating virtually every industry – from agriculture and transportation to manufacturing and construction. PwC estimates that the economic impact from the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology alone may reach USD1.2 tn globally by 2020. As market players realize the effect that onboarding next-generation tech can have on their businesses, adoption rates continue to rise and many businesses are already reaping the benefits.

In Russia, Sistema companies are spearheading the smart tech movement across a number of sectors. Sistema real estate developer Leader Invest is rolling out a range of smart tech innovations at its new Moscow residential projects; Sistema’s agricultural holding Steppe, is building next-generation smart farms; and MTS, our telecom operator and digital service provider, is leading the way with IoT solutions. These and other smart tech initiatives are driving improved economic efficiency and sustainability across the Sistema portfolio.

Leader Invest is partnering with Panasonic to leverage the benefits of new technologies in areas of urban sustainability, energy efficiency technologies, security systems, video surveillance and analysis, and modern approaches to education. Green technologies are another key area of focus. Leader Invest and Panasonic will partner to build hi-tech vertical greenhouses to grow vegetables at select Leader Invest residential developments. Leader Invest’s residential complex The Wings, which is currently under construction in the Ramenki district of southwest Moscow, is set to be the first project to include a greenhouse.

Steppe, one of the major players in the Russian agricultural sector, has joined the smart tech revolution across a number of divisions. Steppe dairy farms in Southern Russia deliver milk yields per cow that are twice the Russian average thanks to smart tech systems that monitor the herd’s diet, health and environmental factors. Steppe’s grain division leverages smart technologies across every stage of the production process: from planning and accounting to monitoring and data analysis. The company also uses satellite imagery, drones, ground survey of fields and maps of agrochemical analysis to assess the state of soil and plants and improve its field management decision-making.

MTS launched Russia’s first integrated Smart City pilot project based on the NB-IoT network (Narrowband Internet of Things) to support the housing and utilities sector in the city of Arsk, Republic of Tatarstan. The solutions will not only reduce costs due to fully automated intelligent systems, but also make life in residential areas more comfortable and secure.

In Arsk, MTS, together with its partners, is piloting five innovative solutions including a system of remote collection of electricity and water consumption metrics; a video surveillance system for crime prevention; an environmental monitoring solution that analyzes temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, noise and other data; video monitoring of parking space availability and video monitoring of waste containers. The Smart City pilot project was launched as part of the agreement between MTS and the Arsk municipal district signed in April 2018 within the Digital Economy state program in Tatarstan. The solutions were first tested by MTS and Ericsson at the companies’ joint Innopolis R&D Center. The rollout and testing of the new standard network in Tatarstan is part of a larger Russia-wide program. By the end of 2018, MTS will provide NB-IoT coverage together with integrated services for smart devices in all large cities across Russia. According to research by PwC, the economic impact from integrating IoT into urban environments could reach RUB 375 bn in 2018-2025.