New road emergency response system expected to save hundreds of lives per year

ASTANA – The government will adopt by the end of 2018 a notification system to emergency services for road accidents that is expected to reduce emergency response times by 30 to 40 percent and save hundreds of lives per year, Minister of Defence and Aerospace Industry Beibut Atamkulov said during a June 7 government hour in the Mazhilis (lower chamber of Parliament).5934f1d05dd7d1496642000

The system will be used to call emergency response services, monitor vehicles on the road and forecast emergency situations.

“Thanks to this system, relief aid will be delivered over a period of the so called ‘golden hour,’ this will allow to reduce mortality on roads to a significant degree. The system functions in pilot mode now from Jan. 1 of this year, as foreseen by Kazakhstan’s obligation within the Customs Union. The works on this continue and will be completed next year,” Atamkulov said, adding that 50 percent of all this occur because emergency services did not respond in time.

The system will involve a signal for assistance that will pass to a data processing centre, which will determine the coordinates of a road accident and which cars are involved.

The signal will pass from the centre to an operator who in real-time mode will contact the person sending out the call for help to clarify whether medical aid is needed, the number of victims and that information is passed to emergency agencies.

A programme of support was developed for the system’s data centre in all 14 regional emergency departments with system operators and automation.