The official opening ceremony of the IGLUS Smart City Lab was held at the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) on April 1st, 2022. A joint initiative with the Department of Digitalization of Almaty City, IGLUS and KBTU, the lab will develop training programs and conduct research activities for the region.

Inauguration took place with the presence of Deputy Mayor of Almaty Mr. Alisher Abdykadyrov, IGLUS Program Director Prof. Matthias Finger, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Almaty City Mr. Bayan Konirvayev, the Rector (Chairman of the Board) of KBTU Dr. Gabdullin Maratbek Tulebergenovich, and IGLUS Program Manager Mr. Umut Alkım Tuncer.

“In modern times, the development of cities depends on the applied experience and knowledge base of individual areas. This project, based on the methodology of smart city management, will allow to centralize the collection and analysis of information and competence in one place. Almaty will receive constant access to the best world experience and will develop as a modern city with a developed infrastructure,” said Mr. Alisher Abdykadyrov, the Deputy Mayor of Almaty.

Objectives of the laboratory include measurement of the efficiency of urban systems, development of infrastructure and training of city personnel through the educational programs of IGLUS and KBTU. Establishment of a branch of the Department of Digitalization of Almaty City at KBTU, which will allow employees to develop projects with master’s and PhD students, is also one of the targets.

“This is the first smart city laboratory in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia, and we are proud to open it at KBTU in Almaty. Together with our partners, we will implement the tasks and goals of this laboratory: to train new specialists, master’s and PhD students, help improve the quality of citizens’ life, introduce new solutions to modernize the infrastructure of our beloved city,” said the Rector (Chairman of the Board) of KBTU, Dr. Gabdullin Maratbek Tulebergenovich.

Our Program Director, Prof. Matthias Finger, also commented: “We help people get a systemic view because cities are complex systems. We want the citizens to ultimately feel the consequences of this approach. We draw attention to aspects from our global network that people can apply.”

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