Tel Aviv to be the world’s first ‘digitalized’ city

Published on Monday, 20 May 2013 by Webmaster

Tel Aviv to be the world’s first ‘digitalized’ city
If you’re planning a beach day in Tel Aviv this coming summer, bring your laptop along – the wifi will be free for the taking. It’s part of what Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai is portraying as “a digital revolution” that the Big Orange will be undergoing in the coming months.

The ambitious plan, called "Digi-Tel," will allow residents to do all municipal business online, from paying real estate taxes to filing requests for permits, license applications, and renewals. Not only that: Residents will be able get tailor-made information about events in their neighborhoods based on their preferences, reserve and pay for tickets to the theater and sporting events, sign kids up for school (and after-school activities), and avoid traffic by checking out up-to-the-minute reports on what streets are closed for construction and where an accident has just taken place. The project will even provide Tel Aviv residents with a discount card that will get them cut-rate admission to museums, plays, concerts, and more.

“We have a lot of young people here who are involved in the high-tech industry,” Huldai said at a press conference this week, introducing the program. “We have done a lot to encourage creative entrepreneurs to move to the city, including providing incubator environments for entrepreneurs to work, and working closely with the many start-ups that have opened offices in the center of the city. Now we want to marshal this talent to developing ways that will make life easier for residents. It’s part of our vision of making everything as accessible and open to residents as possible.”

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