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For the 7th consecutive year the Smart Cities exhibition will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (16 - 18 April). The event brings together leading specialists in the sector and their potential clients working in the following fields: architecture and construction, electronics, energy, education, building automation, lighting, transport; as well as consultants, network operators, municipal and state representatives.
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 Interview with Mr. Popov, Chairman of the Management Board of the National Cluster for Intelligent Transport and Energy Systems. NCITES will participate in the Smart Cities exhibition for the second year.
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Intelligent systems in transport, energy and administrative management - Trust the specialists
Mr. Popov, how did the idea of clustering arise?
"National Cluster for Intelligent Transport and Energy Systems" or in brief NCITES is a non-profit organization working for private benefit. At present, the members of the cluster are 12 Bulgarian companies and 3 persons. We, the cluster makers, have been looking for a platform to unite our efforts to achieve greater efficiency in the financial and human resources of each company. The theme that united us was the construction of intelligent systems in the fields of transport, energy and administrative management. The members of the cluster, with the financial and human capabilities they already have, are able to design, build and implement mega systems for the needs of large enterprises and government e-government. The consortia we can build in the cluster provide more convenient conditions for our members to participate in bidding procedures for private and public bodies. A reference model in this direction is our participation in an international consortium building the model of 
an early forest fire prevention system funded by the European Commission and the consortium. It is more effective to use the financial means of advertising and marketing, without which it is impossible to promote the activity of our members.It also created the possibility of building common platforms for the provision of online services to legal and natural persons. Our organization has already been recognized by the Ministry of Economy, the SME Agency in the cluster development class, which is a formal assessment of the established organization. There are many things that need to happen, but all of us who are members of the cluster know that we are on the right track.
Briefly describe the project you are currently working on.
In May 2017 we joined an international consortium with a contract with the European Commission to build an early warning system for forest fires as a platform that is not geographically limited and working in real time. The project is codenamed ASPires. Click here to read the full interview
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