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Technoparks of Moscow: effective infrastructure for innovative future

Moscow is already the capital of the future.

At least according to a recent study of the Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence (member of the Financial Times Group) the capital of Russia ranks 6th out of 301 cities of the future in Europe, and first in Eastern Europe.

The city systematically raises investment attractiveness in all of its spheres, ensuring the building of infrastructure and platforms for all the participants of the market. One of such directions of the city is the creation of modern technoparks and technopolises (or science or technology or research parks) under the aegis of the Moscow City Investment Agency.

The first technopark in Moscow was opened in 1991 at the National Research University of Electronic Technology in Zelenograd. It is a part of Moscow, so called Soviet Silicon Valley, one of many science cities of the USSR. So there is no surprise that Zelenograd became first to map technoparks on Moscow science landscape.

By the beginning of 2010s the IT sector of Moscow has formed a comfortable environment for the development of technoparks due to three main aspects.

1)    Entrepreneurs and leading tech companies were in a pursuit for new legal and spatial formats. Existing ones could not meet the growing requirements for efficiency, flexibility, accessibility and compactness.

2)    Young geeks were looking for better opportunities to apply their groundbreaking skills in IT and tech sectors. Graduates of such universities as MIPT, MEPhI and MSU are considered one of the best and are in a great demand all over the world.

3)    Last, but not the least, city policy and federal agenda ensured new investment into technoparks. Since the end of 2000s the city has been withdrawing manufactures from Soviet era due to ecological and economic reasons. Industrial territories occupied 30% of city area that now can be revitalized into more effective usage. Moreover, ex industrial areas are already provided with all infrastructure needed and are located in middle part of the city. At the same time, the economic branch of city administration has been conducting new legislative policy in order to implement attractive economic conditions both for investors and future residents. And finally, Moscow City investment agency introduced a new b2g and b2b platform – Moscow Investment Portal. On the part of the federal government large state investment programs and the development of the federal legislative base were ensured.

technoparksAs at the beginning of 2018 there are 33 technoparks in Moscow, 25% of all parks in Russia. This figure seems even more significant compared to global indicators: London – 4, Hong Kong and Singapore – 2, the whole Japan – 23. There is ample evidence that the market will continue to grow. Also this growth is supported by existing high demand: technoparks vacancy rate is about 5% (with an average of 14.4% in the city).

The total investment for 2011-16. has reached almost 50 billion rubles (about $900 m).

Nowadays, technoparks are becoming one of key drivers of city development. In 2016 Moscow technoparks collected 60 billion rubles of revenues (more than $1bn). In comparison, in Hong Kong for the same period, the revenue was 10 times less. There are about 1700 resident companies operating in technoparks and providing more than 45,000 jobs.

Such success is largely due to the synergy of comfortable conditions for both the investor and the resident of the technopark. Thus, the reduction of the tax burden after the assignment of the status of the technopark may amount to 25%, which includes the abolition of the property tax, a 99.3% tax decrease on land payments and a 26% reduction of income tax. A resident of technopark is provided with high-tech infrastructure, consulting support of the management company, the opportunity to receive city subsidies for the promotion and support of business, and, if certain parameters are met, can apply for a rebates on income by becoming an anchor resident of technopark.

This tendency makes Moscow one of the key players in Russian innovation landscape for the next decade, declared on a federal level to be a time of digital economics. This means that technoparks are becoming fundamental for national development.

Room Locator now makes it possible to control smart home devices in individual rooms automatically

Room Locator now makes it possible to control smart home devices in individual rooms automatically

Room Locator is a smart motion detector that triggers smart home actions when entering or leaving a room.

Room Locator now makes it possible to control smart home devices

Munich, March 6, 2017 Room Locator by LinkDesk is the smart motion detector that controls smart home devices simply upon entering or leaving a room. A smartphone or tablet uses Bluetooth to recognize Room Locator and on doing so, triggers preselected actions. When combined with the iOS app “Devices”, it enables HomeKit devices to be easily managed, conveniently linked, and simultaneously controlled. An IFTTT connection provides additional application options when used with additional smart home devices and online services. 

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The facts at a glance:

  • Room Locator is the smart motion detector that makes it possible to control smart home devices automatically, when entering and leaving a room
  • A smartphone or tablet recognizes Room Locator via Bluetooth and triggers programmed actions
  • It manages, links to and controls HomeKit devices, thanks to the intuitive “Devices” app (iOS 9.0 or later)
  • An IFTTT connection makes it possible to link additional smart home products and online services
  • Suitable for room sizes between 10 and 40 square meters
  • Compact design: 5,1 centimetres in diameter and 1,2 centimetres deep
  • Weight: 19 grams
  • Battery-powered with a service life of two years
  • Items delivered: Room Locator including battery
  • The Room Locator is now available for €29.95 in stores and online on Amazon and other retailers

The room as a control unit

Early in the morning, upon entering the kitchen, the light goes on immediately, the heat is turned up, the radio is switched on, and the coffee machine is already brewing coffee. This scenario has been triggered simply by an inconspicuously mounted motion detector. Working in conjunction with the “Devices” iOS app, the Room Locator by LinkDesk has automatically turned on HomeKit devices to increase comfort inside the four walls of the kitchen. Upon entering the room, the iPhone or other Apple device has recognized the smart motion detector via Bluetooth and automatically triggered programmed actions. It is just as easy to define what is supposed to happen upon leaving the room.

The Room Locator is optimized for room sizes between 10 and 40 square meters, is battery-operated, and can be mounted anywhere in the room using the adhesive pad that comes with it.

Intuitive app for the operation of HomeKit devices

The “Devices” app by LinkDesk was specially designed for managing and controlling HomeKit devices. It provides an organized overview and an intuitive user interface. HomeKit-enabled lamps, electric sockets, thermostats, and many other devices can be logically grouped and allocated to individual rooms. By establishing scenes, the actions of these devices can be networked and controlled simultaneously. The Room Locator triggers the relevant scene in each case. In order to optimally match smart home activities to individual needs, additional settings such as time or the status of particular devices can be set as conditions. For example, the light is only switched on if the room is entered after a certain hour. Or the baby monitor is only activated after leaving the room if the night light was left on.

IFTTT opens up even more possibilities of usage

With an IFTTT connection, the Room Locator can be combined not just with HomeKit products but also with other smart home devices and online services. With simple if-then commands, the smart door lock can lock the front door, for example, as soon as the entry area is left. Or, when you enter and leave your home office, the time you spent working is automatically recorded in a document and filed online.

Availability and price

The Room Locator by LinkDesk is now available in stores and online at Amazon at a price of €29.95.


LinkDesk is a future-oriented startup, founded in 2014 in Munich. The company’s goal is to simplify significantly the use of modern smart home technologies, and thus enable a particularly intuitive kind of smart home best suited to everyday life. The young developer team has put lots of love into its software and hardware solutions, offering users an unusually simple and yet outstanding user experience.

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