Ministry of Emergency Situations is Requested to Develop a Unified Set of Requirements for the «Safe City» Project

2014-09-30 09:13:29

Before December 1, The Ministry of Emergency Situations will develop a work plan for the realization of further development of the “Safe City” project in the period of 2015-2020.  Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced the task during a joint meeting of the government commission on the prevention and elimination of emergency situations. 

During the meeting, Rogozin announced the decision on appointing the Emergencies Ministry as the authorized body for coordinating the development of the "Safe City" project. This week, on Wednesday October 1, the ministry is tasked to prepare proposals for the implementation of the project’s technical segment analysis.

Vladimir Puchkov confirmed the readiness of the ministry to take on new responsibilities: "I can report that the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia is ready to coordinate the work on the creation and development of the “Safe City” project’s hardware complex, a unified state system of emergencies prevention and integrated life safety system."

In the course of discussion devoted to the "Safe City" project, it was decided to create a unified concept for the development of complex in the cities of Russia, to develop and approve technical specifications, identify amounts of funding and its sources. According to the Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov, these questions are being constantly asked by representatives of the Russian regions in the process of implementation of the "Safe City" project.

Nikiforov said that his department is in close and constant contact with colleagues from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and that this contact will help to work effectively on the discussed issues. The minister also said that currently all documents that relate to the "Safe City" hardware-software complex are underdeveloped and do not meet the modern requirements. 

"Yes, we have a project for a concept, but the concept itself describes only some general areas of work, a general structure of the system. The “Safe City” can be treated differently. On the one hand, this is a complex with a large bias towards certain organizational and technical measures. The system can be almost completely IT-related and combine the whole set of existing information systems into a single formation that will a form a new IT-platform for the cooperation of all participants of the process"- said Nikolai Nikiforov in his report. 

Deputy Chairman of the interdepartmental commission on the development and implementation of the "Safe City" hardware-software complex Vasily Kopylov also made a proposal to complement the list of pilot regions with a few additional subjects of the Russian Federation: Sevastopol, Samara, Sverdlovsk, Kemerovo, Moscow Region and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. According to Kopylov, these regions have already agreed to be included in the list. In addition, these subjects have "good developments on the project’s direction.” 

A part of the meeting was also devoted to the discussion on the implementation of the “112” project. 

Dmitry Rogozin said that the course of work in this direction is being performed with highly unsatisfactory results. "In accordance with the approved concept on the establishment of the "112" system <...> in the period of 2009-2012, the Ministry of Communications was instructed to complete the creation of the system in all regions of Russia. <...> In the end, no subject saw the complete implementation of the system." 

At the moment, the "112" emergency phone number works only in two regions of Russia - in the Republic of Tatarstan and in the Kursk region, accounting for 2.5% of the total population of the country. According to the Federal Target Program adopted by the Government, the "112" system must be launched in 2017. However, as noted by Dmitry Rogozin, given the current progress, "we clearly fall outside of these time limits." 

However, Vladimir Puchkov promised that the system “will be created and will begin to function within the prescribed time limits.” His deputy, Vladimir Stepanov, said that the slowdown of work on the creation of the system is due to a deficiency of the program’s budget, which is estimated at 14 billion rubles. 

In his report, Nikolai Nikiforov also emphasized the lack of funding and said that 6.5 billion rubles will be enough to fully develop and launch the system, but only if all the necessary measures to optimize the use of public funds are taken. The estimated amount of funding includes activities on equipping all dispatching services and 45 million units of special transportation, which are currently in the inventory of emergency services. 

In addition, some regions of the Russian Federation lack fiber-optic communication lines. According to the minister, a large number of subjects of the Russian Federation still use copper wires that make it difficult to utilize the system’s potential in full. To date, this issue must be addressed for 7000 dispatching services.

Источник: RUBEZH

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