Smart city innovations being implemented in cities throughout Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Smart city project innovations are being introduced in many sectors throughout the country, according to a report delivered by Minister of Information and Communications of Kazakhstan Dauren Abayev during a July 17 government meeting.

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“At the moment services such as an electronic gradebooks, kindergarten queue have already been digitised… The efficiency of the educational process increased three percent in the Pavlodar region following the introduction of electronic gradebooks. In the East Kazakhstan region, 67 remotely located clinics were connected to the system. Energy consumption on street lighting in Astana was reduced 30 percent,” he said.

The largest city of the country, Almaty, is implementing the smart city project as well.  Modern technologies are being introduced into various spheres of life in the city, kapital.kz reported. The project hopes to increase the efficiency of urban services and provide Almaty residents with comfortable, safe and environmentally friendly living.

According to Talant Baskinbayev, head of the Digitisation Department at the Almaty Development Centre, the smart city project implies not only the introduction of innovations, but also the search for the synergy of the potential of citizens and their initiatives. Intelligent solutions combine analytics and technologies which meet specified conditions. Worldwide cities are implementing solutions to increase productivity, energy efficiency, reduce air pollution, the costs of city authorities, save water and other resources. For systemic solutions to the most important challenges of the city, several main areas were identified: health care, education, urban planning, housing and communal services, transport, security and open akimat (city administration).

“One of the projects that we have already implemented in the healthcare system is a medical information system. It allows you to switch from a paper-based health passport to an electronic one. Thus, we want to reduce the paper use. It is comfortable. Any doctor will know the patient’s medical history in advance. Now, 89 percent of the city has been transferred to this system. Until the end of the year, we plan to completely switch to this system,” Baskinbayev explained.

Also, the education sector has seen several innovations. The electronic diary system named “Kundelik” is used at schools. Parents can remotely monitor their children’s progress. E-diary reduces the risks of false grades. Digital educational is also meant to improve lessons. Students can also enrol in a school or college through an electronic queue.

To increase security in the city, a monitoring system will the installed in crowded public places. Approximately 1,000 video surveillance cameras will help improve the security of the city. Also, the city has introduced a system of a single registry of administrative production, allowing administrative tasks to be handled electronically.