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Kenya raises expectations with Kshs 1.4 billion Intelligent Traffic System

Kenya raises expectations with Kshs 1.4 billion Intelligent Traffic System

The proposed Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for Nairobi has the potential to address the city's recurring traffic problem - that is if it is effectively enforced.

In late 2017 the Kenya Urban Roads Authority in collaboration with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) announced plans to roll out a Kshs 1.4 billion (approximately US$10 million) Nairobi Intelligent Transport System (ITS), a first in East and Central Africa.

The system includes a traffic management centre equipped with video surveillance, traffic actuated controllers and e-police to control traffic in realtime.

At the Transport Infrastructure Summit held recently in Nairobi, ITS engineer Nicholas Airo Juma said all stakeholders must enforce the system in order to realise its full capability.

"In these platforms you can have different cameras including enforcement cameras, but who is doing the enforcement?" he posed. "That is the work of the police, but that's a gap that we need to close."

Juma said law enforcement needs driver and vehicle information in realtime and this system can capture number plates and link this up with a database to identify every vehicle.

The engineer warned that any interference in the system or integration with incompatible systems could result in ITS grinding to a halt.

To date, NAS International Holdings has implemented an intelligent traffic light system on Ngong Road Nairobi to monitor how the system could work in the city.

According to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, ITS is expected to be completed in 2019.

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