Situation centre for transport control opens in Kazakhstan

Feb. 4. Trend. Astana

By Daniar Mukhtarov

Situation centre for transport control opens in KazakhstanA situation centre for transport control has been opened in Kazakhstan, the press service of the Kazakh Transport and Communications Ministry said on Feb. 3.

The ministry said the centre is monitoring the automated weighing systems, mobile and stationary posts of transport control and the technical inspection centres.

In total the situation centre monitors eight systems. One of the centre’s main tasks is the so-called control of automated weighing systems. It allows a vehicle to be weighed without stopping it. Data from electronic scales goes to the situation centre and in the case of a vehicle overload, a penalty is automatically calculated and an order written and sent to the postal address of the vehicle’s owner.

So far Kazakhstan has launched 13 such automated weighing systems. In the near future they will also help detecting foreign carriers that move without special permission, as well as record the vehicles’ speed characteristics and whether they have passed technical inspection previously or not.

It should be noted that alongside the introduction of these systems, the country also closed 11 stationary posts, but left five which will also be suspended soon.

These stationary posts, as well as 32 mobile posts covering transport control, are being controlled by cameras by the situation centre for 24 hours. Everything is recorded by the centres, including the state numbers of the vehicles, the checking of documents by inspectors and the smoothness of the weighing process.

In addition to the video control, the mobile posts activity is also controlled with the help of mobile GPS-navigation. The situation centre tracks the whereabouts of posts and their movement routes.

The GPS system also makes it possible to conduct dispatched escort of buses from the situation centre on regular long distance routes, record their speed limits and control compliance with the schedule.

The subsystem is now being implemented as a pilot scheme and covers 34 bus terminals, 153 vehicle stations and 25 buses. The subsystem is scheduled to be commissioned before late 2014.

The situation centre also monitors the work of the integrated information system called ‘Technical Inspection’ which currently operates at all technical inspection centres.

Alongside this, the situation centre also receives notifications from the Russian and Belarusian border checkpoints as part of the implementation of transport control on the Customs Union’s external border. From there they are sent to test the territorial inspectorates.

In total in 2013 the situation centre received 2611 notifications on non-compliance of the vehicles with the required parameters and lack of foreign carriers’ permissions.

The situation centre also monitors the work of road building machinery. Currently the system uses GPS-equipment, identifying the whereabouts of 1200 road building equipment throughout the country. Also, the equipment has a photo recording system for monitoring the status of the road surface and weather conditions.

An information weather system has been launched at the Astana-Kostanay road as a pilot project for collecting and processing data on meteorological conditions.

Thanks to the sensors installed at the roads, the centres receive information on temperature, humidity, wind speed, precipitation and visibility, glaciation and pavement condition in real-time.

The country’s highways are planned to be equipped with 18 weather sensors in 2014.