Astana, Kazakhstan is rapidly changing. In order to keep up with the traffic challenges that come with population growth, officials there are installing more SmartSensor Matrix radar traffic sensors to keep pace.

Since becoming the capital city of Kazakhstan in 1997, Astana has faced the challenge of accommodating a vast increase in traffic. With a population of around 300,000, Astana expects an additional 350 million visitors when it hosts the 2017 World’s Fair. But officials are meeting this challenge with an ambitious transportation plan and funding that comes largely from the country’s booming natural gas industry. Astana’s ITS plan is so forward-thinking, it intends to serve as an example to the rest of the world of what a world-class transportation system looks like, with SmartSensor Matrix standing front and center.

As part of a multi-step plan, Astana first utilized SmartSensor HD as part of a mobile vehicle detection system in order to record baseline data on traffic flows; this information was used to develop an ITS scheme. Because HD is simple to move and calibrate, traffic specialists had easy access to a variety of data including vehicle counts, lane occupancies, and per vehicle speeds. At the same time, SmartSensor Matrix was used at intersections for traffic light actuation and vehicle counting, which provides data for further ITS implementations.

In the last few months, Astana has installed more than 200 additional Matrix units, and officials are now working closely with Wavetronix application engineers to create systems that take advantage of Matrix’s ability to provide true presence detection. Further installations of Matrix are planned for the years leading up to the 2017 World’s Fair. 

“Astana is really proud of what they are doing with ITS,” says Jake Fillmore, regional sales manager for Wavetronix. “We are working with them every step of the way to create a system to showcase before the world.”