Kazakhstan leads on urban saturation among Central Asian countries
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Kazakhstan leads on urban saturation among Central Asian countries

30 November 2016 12:52

Urban saturation in Kazakhstan reaches 60% and on this percent Kazakhstan is in the lead among Central Asian countries, the minister of information and communications of Kazakhstan Dauren Abayev said at the international forum - ASTEX Astana Smart City 2016 exhibition, BNews.kz correspondent tells.

"In the modern world implementation of information systems in all spheres of city life stopped being luxury long ago and is the integral condition of comfortable accommodation of the population. Worldwide process of an urbanization gains serious steam. By UN estimates, by 2050 70% of world's population will live in the cities. It leads to complication of systems of transport and housing providing, relevance of rational energy use and respect for the environment grows. The solution of these vital issues requires the smart approaches stimulating high-quality development, certainly, the crucial role belongs to ICT here," D. Abayev told.

In this regard the minister mentioned the saying of the Polish satirist Stanislav Ezhi: "The equipment will reach such perfection that the person will be able to do without himself".

"Developed countries already fully use these opportunities for development of the cities of a post-industrial age. Internet things, big and open data, a cloud computing and others find application in the most different, and sometimes in unexpected sectors of a city landscape. Phrases "smart water use", "smart power" and even "smart waste management" do not surprise anybody. According to the International Telecommunications Union the number of the devices connected to the Internet in "the smart cities" will increase from 1 million in 2015 up to 3 billion in 2018," D. Abayev added.

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