Rostelecom Has Finalised the First Stage of Smart City Project in the Astrakhan Region

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September 18, 2017, Moscow – Rostelecom PJSC (MOEX: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY) announces that it has completed the first stage of Smart City project to implement a photo and video surveillance system to record driving violations and strengthen control over the movement of heavy and large vehicles in the Astrakhan region. The acceptance commission, which included representatives of the regional government and the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, has already tested and approved 22 control stations for several types of traffic violations.

The entire project includes the installation of 52 fixed and three mobile intelligent stations to monitor the passage of railway crossings and intersections, parking and stoppage, driving in the oncoming traffic lane and speed. Rostelecom is currently testing newly installed stations. The Company plans to complete all acceptance tests of three mobile and 52 fixed stations, as well as put them into operation by the end of September 2017.

In addition, five automatic weight control stations will be installed on the regional roads with the main freight transport flow. At the same time, the Company will modernise 75 pre-existing photo and video surveillance systems, while reconstructing a monitoring centre with a total area of more than 600 square meters. Rostelecom plans to complete all work on the system by the end of the year.

This is the first project of its kind in the South and the second in Russia to be implemented by the Company based on the concession model and at its own expense. The main objective is to improve the road safety on municipal, regional and federal roads, as well as to extend the lifespan of highways. Given Rostelecom’s experience in implementing similar projects in more than 20 regions of the Russian Federation, accidents on Astrakhan roads are expected to decrease on average by 30 per cent.

In December 2016, Rostelecom and the government of the Astrakhan region, represented by the regional ministry of construction and housing and communal services, signed the concession agreement, under the terms of which Rostelecom will develop a regional road safety system at its own expense. Under the agreement, Rostelecom will also be involved in the operation of the photo and video surveillance system after its launch for the period of 11 years.