Pafos is the first municipality to go through the holistic transformation into a Digital and Smart City.

An agreement setting up a Pafos Data Centre was signed between Mayor Phedonos and Cyprus Telecommunications Authority CEO Andreas Neokleous, in the presence of CYTA President Rena Rouvitha Panou. It marked the second part of their strategic cooperation.

The Data Centre will be hosted at Cyta facilities.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mayor Phedonos said that Pafos was a leading force in the modern-day effort to forge digital and smart cities. ‘But we don’t want to be alone in this’, he added, calling on other municipalities to follow suit so that similar solutions can be implemented across the island’s urban centres.

Working alongside Cyta, he stressed, is a mark of our confidence in the capabilities and know-how of the semi-governmental organisation, so that we can move forward in developing our common vision for the benefit of citizens and our country.

For her part, Cyta President Rena Rouvitha Panou noted that cooperation with the Pafos Municipality ‘brings the future today’. And it’s digital.

The Municipality of Paphos, she added, is the first in Cyprus to move in this direction and further expressed her satisfaction that Cyta, with state-of-the-art networks and infrastructure, is a trusted partner of local authority.

Cyta CEO Andreas Neokleous pointed to the organisation’s fundamental goal of bringing cutting edge technology to the daily life of the citizen and expressed the hope that is being launched in Pafos, will soon be replicated by other municipalities across Cyprus.

The Pafos Municipality Data Centre includes full backup and multi-level infrastructure and data security systems, connected through Fibre Optics to ensure the quality and uninterrupted performance of all services that will be produced through it.

The Centre will also host the Municipality’s computer systems, such as the geographic information system ( GIS ), the citizens’ bill payment system and all databases. It will also serve the needs of the Smart and Digital City such as management of data collected by security cameras, the information screens and the atmospheric data collection sensors that will be placed on the “smart” poles and the “smart” parking spaces, the “smart” water management sensors and so on.

The signing of the agreement was also attended by Deputy Mayor of Paphos Christos Makariou, the member of the Cyta Board of Directors Yiannis Konstantinidis, Municipal Councillors Linos Tsokkas, Charalambos Pazaros and Filippos Filippou, as well as officials from both organisations.

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