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Russia’s GLONASS Union creates response system in Kazakhstan

June 26, 2014, 16:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The system called EVAK will be fully created by 2017 and put in operation
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GLONASS Union president Alexander Gurko

GLONASS Union president Alexander Gurko

© ITAR-TASS/Gennady Khamelyanin

MOSCOW, June 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian non-commercial partnership GLONASS Union has started building an analogue of the state accident emergency response system ERA-GLONASS in Kazakhstan, the union’s president Alexander Gurko said Thursday at a meeting with reporters.

“Now we are preparing an auction to design and elaborate the system; 1.2 billion rubles ($355000) have been allocated to deploy the system called EVAK,” Gurko said.

The Kazakh transportation ministry is responsible for the project, he said.

The EVAK will be fully created by 2017 and put in operation. The system, which will be fully autonomous, will become commercial in future.

Russia’s most known satellite monitoring system is Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) was developed as an alternative to the US’ Global Positioning System (GPS), the EU’s future Galileo positioning system, and China’s future BeiDou positioning system.

At present, the GLONASS partnership comprises 12 companies, including state-controlled telecom giant Rostelecom, Internet company Yandex and the country’s three largest mobile operators - MTS, MegaFon and VimpelCom, operating under the Beeline brand.

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