Wednesday, 18 May 2022

HZZO to Cover Cost of Pregnancy Termination in Slovenia for Mirela Čavajda

ZAGREB, 18 May 2022 - The Croatian Health Insurance Agency (HZZO) will cover the cost of pregnancy termination for Mirela Čavajda in a hospital in Ljubljana.

The HZZO said this in a statement issued after earlier in the day the Jutarnji List daily reported that Čavajda would most probably not have the cost of her pregnancy termination abroad covered by the HZZO.

Čavajda is a woman six months into her pregnancy who who could not have her pregnancy terminated in Croatia despite the fetus's serious malformations.

Jutarnji List says is has learned from unofficial sources that Croatian doctors, even though they refuse to perform the procedure guaranteed by law, are also unwilling to put their refusal down in writing, and that hospitals have sent the HZZO notifications saying that Čavajda has been offered the necessary medical procedure - induced labour.

"Since she does not want that procedure but insists on pregnancy termination, the HZZO considers this to be a refusal of the medical service offered in Croatia, which makes it questionable if there are legal grounds for the HZZO to cover the cost of the medical service she will seek in Slovenia", the daily says.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Only 24 of 500 Government Bodies Provide Information on Advertising via Media

ZAGREB, 18 May 2022 - The Electronic Media Council (VEM) has confirmed that following its request, only 24 of some 500 government bodies, public institutions and legal entities whose majority owner is the state have submitted reports on their advertising via local media programmes in 2021.

Public institutions and legal entities have until 31 March every year to report to VEM on their advertisements published in the previous year, and post the relevant information on their web sites.

The response by public institutions was relatively poor, with 24 reports having been submitted by 31 March, while one was submitted after that deadline.

Of the institutions that submitted their reports, many submitted incomplete reports.

VEM nevertheless says that it is worthwhile noting that reports were submitted by the FINA financial agency, Ministry of Culture and Media, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Croatian Employment Service, Agency for Vocational Education and Training, Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, and the Market Competition Agency.

Of the large public companies, reports were submitted, with subsequent numerous objections by the regulator, by Croatia Airlines, the forest management company Hrvatske Šume, Hrvatske Autoceste highway operator and the Croatian Lottery.

Reports were also submitted by the Vukovar Homeland War Memorial Centre, the national parks Paklenica, Risnjak and Krka, the State Archive in Pazin, and only one local government unit - the town of Ploče.

VEM says that the relatively small number of reports is due to the lack of fines for noncompliance with the recently adopted Electronic Media Act.

The Office of Information Ombudsman Zoran Pičuljan notes that financial transparency and  publication of information on how public funds are spent is a standard of transparent conduct and the fight against corruption.

This is an obligation both for media publishers and for public institutions paying for their services, the ombudsman says, noting that noncompliance violates not only the Electronic Media Act but also the Right to Access Information Act as well as the Local Government Act and the Budget Act.

The legislative framework is clear and well designed, but additional education effort is needed to ensure compliance with the legal obligations, he says.

The GONG nongovernmental organisation notes that the lack of clear rules and supervision of their implementation could lead to advertising by government bodies, public institutions and state-owned legal entities becoming a powerful tool for favouring individual media outlets in the awarding of public funds, which is conducive to censorship and results in uncritical media willing to work in the interest of their clients.

Croatian Journalists Association (HND) head Hrvoje Zovko says the HND had been warning for years of the problem, as stated in its proposals for the current Electronic Media Act, which were rejected.

He says this concerns the legal provision under which government entities as well as legal entities whose majority owner is the state are obliged to spend 15% of their annual amount intended for the advertising of their services or activities on advertisements in audiovisual or radio programmes of regional and local television and/or radio stations.

"That means that ministries and public companies like the HEP power provider use budget and public money for advertising via local radio and TV stations, and those decisions are usually discretionary, made most often by a political leader without any public tender. To make things worse, the public has no information whatsoever on what the money is spent on," Zovko adds, noting that public money should be directed to journalism in the public interest through transparent allocation mechanisms.

"Public sector advertising should be called by its real name - public support, and should be developed accordingly", he says.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

BiH: No Money for Elections Yet, HDZ Minister Says Exposed to Political Pressure

ZAGREB, 18 May 2022 - Contrary to expectations, Bosnia and Herzegovina's government on Tuesday failed to adopt a decision to secure funds for the implementation of 2 October general elections, with Finance Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda of the HDZ BiH saying an attempt was made to do it illegally by using political pressure.

The government held a conference call at which a proposal was made to finance the elections with budget reserves accumulated in previous years, which was a fallback option because the budget for 2022, which was to contain funds for the elections, has not been adopted yet due to political disputes in the country.

The adoption of the decision on securing funds for the elections was eventually blocked by ministers from the Croat HDZ BiH party while Serb and Bosniak ministers voted in favour.

Under the current election law, 19 May is the deadline by which the country's government, the Council of Ministers, must secure funds for the implementation of elections which the Central Election Commission (SIP) has estimated will cost more than €6.5 million.

The general election is expected to be held based on the country's existing election law after the failure of all attempts to change the law in order to secure the implementation of rulings of the BiH Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Their implementation was to have eliminated discrimination of voters in the election process based on their ethnicity or place of residence as well as secure the right for Croat voters to elect on their own Croat representatives to the BiH Presidency and the House of Peoples of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's Bosniak-Croat entity.

Parties gathered around the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HNS BiH) maintain there are therefore no legal preconditions to implement the election results.

They have decided, however, to participate in the elections, hopeful that before October some sort of agreement on the election reform could be reached, a possibility the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) has resolutely dismissed.

Immediately after SIP called the elections on 4 May, the BiH Council of Ministers was asked to secure funds for their implementation, a request openly supported by the Office of the High Representative, the United States and the most influential EU member countries.

In a separate statement issued after the vote at the Council of Ministers, Finance Minister Bevanda claimed money for the elections cannot be secured the way it was attempted on Tuesday.

"Law and lawful conduct were evidently not a priority in proposing this decision," Bevanda said, noting the proposal was a result of political pressure.

He accused SIP of "an unprecedented campaign of imputation and manipulation", an allusion to the fact that SIP has accused him of trying to obstruct the implementation of the elections and threatened to sue him.

For more, check out our politics section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Croatia Reports 773 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Related Death

ZAGREB, 18 May 2022 - Croatia has recorded 773 new coronavirus cases and 1 COVID-related death in the past 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team reported on Wednesday.

Currently there are 3,902 active cases in the country and 1,526 people are self-isolating.

There are 326 hospitalised patients, 11 of whom are on ventilators.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Croatia, a total of 1,132,671 COVID cases have been registered and 15,945 people have died as a consequence. 

By Tuesday, 5,249,573 doses of a COVID vaccine had been administered, and 59.51% of the total population, or 70.78% of adults, had been vaccinated.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Promet Split Electric Buses Announced, E-ticketing from July 1, and Higher Ticket Prices?

May 18, 2022 - New Promet Split electric buses are in the plans, e-ticketing should finally kick off on July 1, but will bus transport become more expensive in Split?

As part of the European tour MAN #ElectrifyingEurope, the battery-electric city bus MAN Lion's City 12E arrived in Croatia, reports Dalmacija Danas

A short presentation was held at the Amphora Hotel in Žnjan as this bus could soon transport the people of Split. Namely, Split-based Promet will apply for tenders for EU funds, and the studies have been conducted for more than a year. Negotiations are also underway with HEP so that there are no problems with charging.

"For the last year, we have been working on a study to be ready when opening public calls for buses. This is the latest technology, and of course, we will go in that direction. We have renewed part of the fleet with the latest generation diesel buses; we will have a presentation of the e-ticketing system in about 15 days," said Miroslav Delić, director of Promet Split.

This bus can travel 300 km on a single charge, and it takes 3 to 3 and a half hours to charge the batteries. It costs 550,000 euros. The capacity is 35 seats, while the total number of seats (sitting and standing) is slightly more than 80. Under each seat, there are USB sockets.

"Six months ago, we started negotiations with HEP to strengthen the substation within our complex and substations at locations in the city where we plan to introduce lines so that buses can be charged at these turning points," Delić said.

This is a low-floor city bus, 12 meters long, with a capacity of 88 passengers. Specifically, this bus is fully electric, powered by batteries located on the bus's roof and a central electric motor located on the rear axle of the bus. Battery capacity is 480-kilowatt hours, which means that it would have a range of 250 to 300 km in some actual driving conditions. Furthermore, it is fully equipped with all units as in the classic diesel bus, from heating, cooling, and air conditioning. In addition, most of the parts are from the diesel bus so that in the event of maintenance, these costs would be lower," explained Zvonko Gabud, sales director of Man Hrvatska.

Seven hundred of these buses have been sold across Europe, and they could soon be seen on Croatian roads. You can see more photos of them at Dalmacija Danas.

E-ticketing will be used from July 1, too, and with the rising fuel prices, Promet Split ticket prices could also change, adds Dalmacija Danas.

Namely, the fuel cost for Promet Split jumped by 15 million kuna annually.

"The question is whether we can change the prices because we do not have a representative of the majority owner, so now the question we ask the commissioners - is it possible for the Assembly to make that decision?," said Delić.

It is possible that there will be no price increase but under one condition.

"At the annual level, the cost of fuel is higher by 15 million kuna, so the cost of fuel is no more than 30 million kuna, but 45 million kuna at the annual level.

The price could rise by 20 percent, but the question is how much cities and municipalities are willing to co-finance with their budget funds. The price of the ticket depends on it. The ticket does not have to become more expensive if cities and municipalities co-finance public transport," Delić concluded.

For more, check out our business section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Shocking Split Taxi Experience Turns Positive thanks to Help of Local Facebook Group

May 18, 2022 - One shocking Split taxi experience made a turn for the better thanks to the help of the local community. 

Those in Split know that the tourist season came a bit earlier than usual this year - especially when we consider we're enjoying 28 degrees in May. But, unfortunately, we can't kick off the season without the horror taxi stories we know so well from the past, with some tourists already desperate for help after forking out cash for mindboggling fares. Like Emma Watkinson.

Emma shared her unpleasant taxi experience in the uber-popular Facebook group "Split Croatia Travel 2022", which has 9.7K members - a mix of locals, expats, tourists currently in Croatia, and those planning on traveling to Split. As Emma explained, she took a taxi from the city center, near Roof 68, at the beginning of the Tourist Palace on Monday evening. 

"Last night, I grabbed a taxi from the Split city centre, at a taxi rank in the region near Roof 68 bar. The journey was approximately 10 minutes back to the apartment, and the taxi driver has charged us £71, rather than £7.10. Given this was a random taxi amongst a taxi rank, it’s proven impossible to track this particular taxi, given ‘Dalmatia travel’ doesn’t relate back to a particular firm. Has this happened to anyone before? Any help would be really appreciated," Emma posted in the Facebook group. 

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According to the CNB exchange rate, one pound is 8.91 kuna. This means that the taxi driver charged a dizzying 630 kuna for a ten-minute ride instead of approximately 63 kuna.

Emma wondered if a similar situation had already happened to someone. Members of the group tried to help her find the owner of the taxi company, others suggested waiting in the spot she picked up the taxi to find the driver, while others urged her to use secure platforms like Uber where the cost of travel is clearly calculated.

"A few days ago they charged over 900 kuna from the Bus station to the Airport. Same as last summer. A few years ago they charge my guest for a 3-minute drive during the rainy day 200 kuna, and it was without a bill."

"Shame on the driver, always ask for the price estimate in advance!"

"Why didn't you use Uber?" 

"I’m ashamed. This shouldn’t have happened. It’s an exception, though, most people are honest." 

And one taxi company showed just how honest they are. 

"I'm sorry about what happened to you, my company has been providing taxi services for the last few years in this city... As a company director to you as a guest and visitor to our city I would offer you a FREE TRANSFER to the airport at the expense of our company to keep Croatia in your good memory...We don't want people to have a misconception about legal taxi drivers who do their job fairly

Feel free to contact me directly at wapp +385915276145 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

Well done to Call Taxi Split! 

You can check out the official Split Airport prices published on TCN yesterday here

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

14 easyJet Zadar and Pula Flights Operating this Summer!

May 18, 2022 - The latest flight news to Croatia as 14 easyJet Zadar and Pula flights will operate this summer. 

British low-cost carrier easyJet will operate to five Croatian airports this summer. While it has already announced several routes to Pula, the carrier will soon increase the number of operations and resume flights to Zadar Airport, reports Croatian Aviation.

This summer, easyJet will operate 5 international routes to Zadar Airport and 9 routes to Pula Airport. 

Namely, easyJet will operate on 9 international routes to Pula Airport this summer from:

Berlin (already in traffic), three to four times a week,

Bristol (already in circulation), twice a week,

London (already in traffic), three to seven times a week,

Amsterdam, from 29.06., twice a week,

Basel, from 28.06., three times a week,

Geneva, from 29.06., twice a week,

Glasgow, from 27.06., twice a week,

Luton, from 04.06., twice a week, and

Paris, from 27.06., three times a week.

From mid-May to the end of the summer flight schedule, easyJet will offer more than 125,000 seats to and from Pula Airport on the 9 listed routes.

easyJet is announcing fewer flights to Zadar Airport, or a total of 5 international routes, all of which will start operating at the end of June. easyJet will thus operate from Zadar to:

Amsterdam, from 28.06., twice a week,

Basel, from 27.06, three to four times a week,

Berlin, from 28.06., twice a week,

London, from 28.06., twice a week, and

Milan, from 28.06., four times a week.

Due to the smaller number of routes and weekly rotations, easyJet will offer almost 50,000 seats to and from Zadar Airport this summer, but passengers to and from Zadar are not a problem given that Ryanair has a large base at this airport. For the airport itself, it would certainly be better if the number of routes was diversified across multiple airlines.

In the peak summer season, easyJet will have several lines to Split and Dubrovnik, while only two lines have been announced to Rijeka.

For more on flights to Croatia and other travel announcements, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Medulin Solar Power Goal Given Spring in Step With 3.06 Million Kuna

May the 18th, 2022 - The Medulin solar power goal has been given a very welcome spring in its step in the form of a cash injection worth 3.06 million kuna in total.

One of the Republic of Croatia's (many) natural riches is the sheer amount of hours of unfiltered sunshine it gets on an annual basis, and one way in which Croatia could save an incredible amount of money, time and contribute in a very positive way to protecting the environment would be to continue to invest heavily in its solar power capacities. The Medulin solar power aim will certainly be launched thanks to this latest sum.

As Morski writes, based on the application of the Municipality of Medulin for the "Energy and Climate Change" programme, the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union (EU) Funds recently passed a decision on financing a project proposal entitled: "Increasing the capacity for solar energy production in public facilities of the Municipality of Medulin" in the amount of 3.06 million kuna. The Municipality of Medulin provided 287,889.00 kuna from its own funds for the project.

The project foresees the installation of seven photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of multiple buildings across Medulin, and each of the installed FNEs will be connected to the existing electricity network, with the aim of consuming most of the electricity produced at the facility and the eventual handover of "surplus" electricity which has also been produced back to the public electricity network, local portal Istra24 has learned.

The realisation of this praiseworthy project will enable the production of 0.234 MW from solar energy alone, resulting in savings and a better approach in regard to climate change and environmental protection. The newly installed capacities of the Municipality of Medulin for the use of energy from renewable sources will contribute to an increase in solar energy production by 330.42 MWh/year, while annual CO2 emissions will be reduced by as much as 52.41, according to a statement from the Municipality of Medulin.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Croatian Sunflower Power? Chance for More Exports Arises

May the 18th, 2022 - With the war in Ukraine still ongoing and prices for some of the most surprising items on the rise, could Croatian sunflower exports be the next profitable thing for this country? Some believe so.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine following Russian invasion back in February this year, there was a huge disturbance and uncertainty and shortages in supply, as well as a drastic rise in prices on the global market of sunflowers, sunflower products and particularly sunflower oil. Production of these products in Ukraine and Russia were of course deeply affected, and their exports otherwise dominate the global market. Is this a chance for the humble Croatian sunflower?

The most significant disturbances on the global market in the next period will be in the supply and demand of sunflower products such as the heavily used oil, due to the high concentration of production and the usual exporting of sunflower oil from both Ukraine and Russia. Any further prediction of price movements and supply in the market will primarily depend on the ability to supply sunflower oil and grain from Ukraine this season, but also the course of the war and the logistical conditions for the delivery of supplies to the rest of Europe.

“Croatian sunflower production has been growing over more recent years, in terms of production, although the area on which sunflowers are planted and cultivated hasn't increased. Croatia produces more sunflowers than it needs. Self-sufficiency stands at about 212 percent, but we meet only 44 percent of the need for sunflower oil. Given that we have production capacities for processing sunflower products into sunflower oil, it would be logical, given the rising prices, to provide larger quantities of Croatian sunflower oil and to process domestic sunflower grain in factories here in Croatia. This would ensure a stable supply of oil for the domestic market, and we have the capacity to export this highly sought after and now expensive product, which is in great demand in the global and EU markets,'' concluded the market analysis of experts from Smarter, a consulting company specialising in agriculture and food industry.

Sunflower oil production in Ukraine back in 2020 amounted to 6.45 million metric tonnes (MT), in Russia, 4.45 million MT, and in the EU 3.9 million MT. These are the three most important production areas in the entire world, while all the others are much smaller producers. The Ukrainian sunflower oil industry is focused on the export market because as much as 90 percent of production is intended for foreign markets, according to USDA data. Compared to Russia, which is the second largest producer, they consume almost 30 percent of their own sunflower oil production on their own market.

"In total, ports in the Black Sea account for almost 80 percent of the world's sunflower oil exports, and today these areas are war zones. Given the strong dominance of Ukraine and Russia on the global sunflower oil market, Russia's attack on Ukraine has caused an enormous impact on the global sunflower market, which is why it's important to change the strategic thinking about the production of Croatian sunflower oil,'' Smarter experts noted.

Russia's horrific invasion of Ukraine has significantly disrupted that large Eastern European nation's sunflower oil industry and supply chain, while an extension of the conflict threatens the next growing season. Plants which process sunflower seeds into oil have largely ceased operations, and the closure of ports prevents exports. Sunflowers are sown in Ukraine in April and May, and the harvest usually begins in September. There is a huge risk now when it comes to supply and demand because military actions are taking place in agricultural areas - many roads are blocked, commercial companies aren't working, farmers can't plant, and it's very difficult to get raw materials for quality sowing (fertiliser, fuel, protective equipment, and the like).

The main areas of sunflower seed cultivation in Ukraine are located in the steppe and forest-steppe zones of the country, located in the central and eastern provinces. The main production regions are Dnepropetrovsk, Kirovograd, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Lugansk, Odessa and Poltava, which together make up 62 percent of the total sown area in the country. Due to the export market orientation, most of the Ukrainian plants for sunflower processing and production of sunflower oil are located near the Black Sea ports for logistical convenience. It's now evident that the most important production basins and the possibility of delivery are endangered by the ongoing war.

In addition, Russia has announced restrictions on sunflower oil exports and a ban on the supply of sunflower seeds to ease pressure on Russian prices. All this causes great nervousness and fear for global supply and demand, and the price and availability of sunflower oil.

Could Croatian sunflower products and oil find a silver lining and find a new position for itself?

The lack of sunflower oil on markets around the world is trying to be compensated for based on available stocks, and new routes of supply from South America or South Africa. But this will not be enough to make up for the quantities which would usually be coming from the markets of Ukraine and Russia. EU oilseed processors are also increasing their sunflower oil production, in part by using sunflower seed imports from South America.

"In the EU, the processing of sunflower into sunflower oil is growing rapidly and strongly, more than expected. It's estimated to reach 9.3 to 9.4 million tonnes by the end of this processing season (July 2022), compared to 8 million tonnes in the previous season. The largest increases in production are being recorded in Romania, Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain with very favourable profit margins. We're also looking for substitutes for sunflower oil in other types of oil, especially palm oil, but also soybean oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil and other types of fats that can replace sunflower oil,'' said the group of Smarter experts.

The return to the use of palm oil across Europe is causing great dissatisfaction with the link between these goods and deforestation, but the move is necessary and temporary, as for now there is no viable alternative. Rapeseed oil, which until now was mostly intended for the biodiesel production market, is now being redirected to food use.

The price of sunflower oil on the global market

Even before Russia invaded Ukraine, sunflower prices were high, mainly due to the low yield from back in 2021, which was affected by weather extremes, and the growth of sunflower consumption led to a strong increase in demand for animal feed in China and supply chain disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 crisis.

The war in Ukraine significantly increased the prices of sunflower oil and sunflower seeds. The biggest price increase came immediately after the outbreak of the war, when sunflower oil prices across the EU rose to around 2,900 to 3,000 US dollars per tonne in mid-March, while in February the average price was just 1,490 dollars per tonne.

In early April, sunflower oil prices in Europe fell slightly. More Ukrainian sunflower oil began to arrive on the market at a price of about 1,900 to 2,250 dollars per tonne. Certain quantities of deliveries from Russia began to appear at a price of 1,800 to 1,900 dollars per tonne. Russian sellers are offering oil and other agricultural products at discounted prices on the world market in an effort to encourage foreign buyers to buy and reduce current high inventories.

In the European Union, in some places sunflower oil even fell below the price of rapeseed oil, reflecting declining demand due to the unusually high prices in the first half of March. That said, sunflower oil supplies will remain relatively small across the EU as long as the war in Ukraine lasts, which is why there are fears of further developments in the global market.

Croatian sunflower oil production

Back in 2020, Croatia sowed sunflowers over 39,000 hectares, while 120,000 tonnes of sunflower were produced with a yield of 3.1 t / ha, which is at the level of the best EU yields. There has also been a significant increase in purchase prices in 2022, caused by global uncertainty, which increased the price to 4.70 kn / kg in March this year, while sunflower prices in previous years were around 2kn / kg.

Wholesale prices of sunflower oil back in March were already over 12 kn / kg, at the beginning of May the price reached 15.78 kn / kg, while last year at the beginning of the year they were around 8.5 kn / kg. With the war in Ukraine having broken out following Russian invasion, that growth only intensified.

We can be satisfied with the achieved yields in the production of oilseeds, because Croatian sunflower production is above both the global and the European average. Therefore, we can say that we're competitive in the production of oilseeds on the global market, and that should ensure our stability in the next challenging period.

“Regarding the production of Croatian sunflower oil; the country produces almost 40,000 tonnes of crude sunflower oil and about 60,000 tonnes of refined sunflower oil. In recent years, Croatia has been raising its sunflower production, and is a major exporter and at the same time a major importer of said oil. As such, in 2020, Croatia imported a total of 69,079 tonnes of sunflower oil, of which 45,000 tonnes were from neighbouring Serbia and 18,000 tonnes from neighbouring Hungary, while exports of Croatian sunflower oil stood at 42,767 tonnes.

In 2021, Croatian exports increased to 45,070 tonnes, and the country imported as many as 78,572 tonnes of sunflower oil. During 2020, 60,537 tonnes of sunflower seeds were exported, while in 2021 these exports increased to 64,664 tonnes. There is room for the growth of domestic processing for domestic needs, as well as for exports, and this should be an important strategic decision of the government at this time if we want to ensure the stability of the domestic market, but also become an interesting player and supplier of this sought after product across the rest of Europe.

The worst thing that can happen to Croatia is that this season we uncontrollably export far larger quantities of sunflower than we have so far, and that the domestic market remains dependent on imports of expensive sunflower oil as the final product,'' concluded Smarter's expert.

For more, check out Made in Croatia.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Smart Museum Presented as Part of Karlovac Smart City Strategy

May the 18th, 2022 - The Karlovac Smart City strategy recently saw the presentation of a digital temperature monitoring project as part of the Smart Museum project.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Smart Museum project for the digital monitoring of temperature, humidity and other conditions for the proper storing museum exhibits, was presented at the Karlovac City Museum as part of the "Karlovac Smart City" strategy.

The implementation envisages equipping the museum with smart systems for the measuring and remote reading and monitoring of the interdependence of the space's conditions (temperature, humidity) and energy consumption in order to save energy, save financially, and ultimately increase the security of museum materials.

The solution is based on a unique Internet of Things (IoT) platform through which a network of sensors has been set up to monitor various parameters in real time and is part of the far larger Sensors project, in which one million kuna has been invested.

The digital monitoring of various data has been introduced in utility companies, in some schools, in "smart" car parks, and now in the museum in the city centre and in the Vjekoslav Karas Gallery. All of the digitisation work was performed in cooperation with the following companies: Koncar - Electronics and Informatics, Koncar Digital and Transmitters and Communications (OiV).

Brancar Steko, the Director of Sales and Business Development at one of the aforementioned Koncar companies, explained that the IoT platform works through their MARS interface, which can connect many different types of data in one single place and process and present it all to different users, so the system and target data can be accessed online.

An alarm is sounded to users if sensors report unacceptable deviations. In the museum, these are deviations in humidity and temperature or a recorded motion sensor. Marko Serdarevic, a member of the Management Board and Director General for Sales and Development of OiV, believes that the "Smart Museum" project, which is part of the Karlovac Smart City strategy, is in the public interest for the protection of cultural heritage and that it should be an example to other museums when it comes to adopting such a solution.

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