The Smart City proposal presented to Cabinet by Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Dr. Jenfan Muswere, was adopted by cabinet this week.
With the Smart City proposal broadly addressing the need to adopt technologies that enhance efficiency within cities the considered project specifically considers the setting up of a smart traffic management system.
“The #SmartCity Solutions proposal relates to the strategic area which will introduce operational efficiencies in law enforcement and city administration through the use of Information Communication Technologies (#ICTs). Implementation of the Solutions is spearheaded by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services. The current proposal relates to the Smart Traffic Management System that is Monitoring and Surveillance with Cameras; and Integration of Systems under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.” Hon Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said.
The project will be run on a build operate and transfer (bot) basis so as to expedite implementation and allow specialist firms to realise profit through partnerships fostering investment returns.
“Under this arrangement, the selected partners will fund the procurement of equipment and implementation of smart solutions on a revenue-share basis, with investment recouped from revenues generated by the respective project on a Build Operate Transfer basis. This will expedite implementation of the project.” The post cabinet spokesperson Hon M Mutsvangwa also said.
The project will see to the installation of an integrated smart traffic system allowing for timeous monitoring of crime, receipting, national statistical management, docket management among other vast advantages.
“In terms of the Smart Traffic Management System, a country-wide system is set to be deployed throughout the country in partnership with capable technical partners. The System aims to install cameras on all controlled intersections and strategic points in all cities for gathering information and monitoring traffic flow within cities. It will create a platform for the real-time electronic monitoring of roads, receipting, reconciliation of fines, docket management, and analysis of traffic information and statistics across the whole country.” The Manicaland Senator emphasised.
Furthermore, “The System will be integrated with relevant electronic platforms at the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR), Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA), Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), INTERPOL and other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The Integration of Systems under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development will link a number of operational systems as well as those to be installed in the Ministry.” She reiterated.
The project is expected to positively address human induced accidents while improving crime detection and revenue collection.
“The Project is also expected to reduce road carnage attributable to human error, while improving operational efficiencies in the administration of local authorities and law enforcement agencies. Crime detection and enforcement will be enhanced, while revenue collection will also be increased through optimized systems.” The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said.
With calls from visiting investors like the recently visited Mulk group to invest in this line of business against a background were police are argued to be a major corruption hub, the project will soon meet life and potentially addresses corruption in the cities respectively.