Kazcosmos to develop electronic tagging devices for Kazakhstan29 october 2014, 14:00
Electronic tagging devices will possibly be developed by Kazcosmos, Kazakhstan's national space agency, Tengrinews reports citing the Deputy Prosecutor General Zhakyp Assanov.
“The Ministry of the Interior Affairs is reluctant to work on this issue. We have been writing to the officials for two years asking to set up the production of electronic tagging devices in Kazakhstan. It is much cheaper and more effective than formal control with one police inspector supervising hundreds of people. Finally, on October 8 we discussed this issue with the Minister of Investments and Development Asset Issekeshev. It was decided that Kazcosmos will develop and most probably start the production of electronic tagging devices,” Assanov said.
According to the estimates of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Kazakstan requires 77 thousand electronic tagging devices. “$13 million allocated by the Ministry of the Interior Affairs to buy foreign devices would not solve the problem. Especially since the software in these devices will be foreign too. I think it is more harmful than helpful to use. We had the time. The legislation concerning electronic tagging devices was adopted 2 or 3 years ago. But unfortunately since then we have been moving towards solving this issue very slowly,” the Deputy Prosecutor General said.
Last year, Assanov suggested manufacturing electronic tagging devices by convicts in prisons. After presenting his project to Minister Issekeshev, who back then was the Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Assnov said that the Ministry promised to conduct a meeting to address the issue.
Earlier, a Kazakhstani Senate questioned the safety and security of electronic tagging devices. “The government is allocating a significant sum of money to purchase these devices for convicts on parole. How technically secure are these devices? Yesterday I read in the media about a person who was supposed to be serving his sentence in prison (in Kazakhstan), but instead, he was freely flying from one Kazakhstani city to another attending to his business dealings. In this context, a question arises of how sturdy these tracking devices are. There are enough handymen for this kind of things in our country. Can there be cases when a device would be showing the location of a convict in one place, while he is in a totally different place comitting crimes?” lawmaker Bektas Beknazarov said during the round table discussion at the Senate.
Reporting by Altynai Zhumzhumina. Writing by Gyuzel Kamalova