Astana will become a platform for implementation of the latest smart-projects. This was discussed at the International Forum-Fair Astex Astana Smart City 2016. Leading companies in the field of communications and IT, as well as government representatives discussed how to make Astana a more comfortable city. The capital of Kazakhstan has entered the top 21 "smart" cities of the world, which is formed annually by the Forum of intellectual communities. The city authorities intend, first of all, to realize the ideas that would give immediate social and economic impact. For example, the next year, street lighting in Astana will be substituted with energy efficient lighting within public-private partnership program. The work includes 25,000 lamps; they will save energy costs by 60%.

 

ALNUR YERMAGAMBETOV, CHAIRMAN, ASTANA INNOVATIONS:

The intelligent lighting is a key project for us, because on the basis of this project, we will be able to build our own infrastructure of Internet of Things so that in the future we can continue to introduce new smart services for the residents.

 

Also, the city authorities intend to introduce other technologies, particularly, automatic fixation of offenses, intelligent health care, introduction of smart apartment owners’ cooperatives. Another Kazakhstani innovative project provides for intelligent navigation, which represents ground sounding using unmanned aerial vehicles. Their work includes monitoring, search and rescue operations. In addition, the introduction of drones will also help make the system of coordinates in Kazakhstan more accurate.

 

ALAN KAZKENOV, ADVISER TO PRESIDENT, KAZAKH NATIONAL SPACE AGENCY:

To date, the program Digital Kazakhstan includes a project on creating a National Infrastructure of Spatial Data. Many countries have introduced this project. Today, different maps are made with different coordinate systems by various applications. We want within this project to create unified standards, unified law on infrastructure of spatial data.

 

According to the mayor of Astana, Asset Issekeshev, the cost of smart projects will range from 5 to 10 billion tenge, 80% of which will be formed from private investments within the public-private partnership model. Investors have already expressed interest. According to the results of the forum, more than 20 memorandums of cooperation have been signed. In general, the exhibition Astex Astana Smart City 2016 this year was attended by over 700 visitors, including from the U.S., Europe and the CIS.

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