An important economic and regional shopping center, Iași is the county seat and principal urban city in northeastern Romania. Its main industries are ICT, metallurgy, medications, textiles and food. While the banking and information sectors have accelerated in recent years, with many banks and software companies now being present in the city.

Iași is also home to the oldest Romanian university and to the first engineering school, making it one of the most important education and research centres of the country. Having produced the first major union, the first literary memorial museum and the first Museum of Natural History, it’s no wonder that it is also leading the way in digital transformation, where it aims to improve public services, increase citizens' level of comfort, and streamline resource consumption.

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The next three years should see plans for integrated video surveillance systems, smart parking, efficient street lighting systems, smart garbage collection, and telemedicine services all implemented. To do so, they will need help via the Digital Cities Challenge to cope with complex process changes in infrastructure, training and mentality.