Traffic Management of the future in Smart Cities

How in-vehicle intelligence could revolutionise the transport industry

The concept of the ‘smart city’ has emerged as a term that describe a city that uses technology to address service delivery challenges.

However, building a smart city is about more than just using technology – it is about ICT innovation and transformation. South Africa still has a long way to go. Some of the challenges we face include underdeveloped infrastructure and skills deficits.

With the region’s urban population increasing rapidly every year, cities will need to transform their infrastructure with better digital technologies to cope with all major smart city elements such as traffic congestion, waste management, water and energy shortages.

Cities are having to serve increased populations with the same networks (Energy, water, transport etc.) that were planned to serve populations of prior decades (maybe centuries).

This no doubt is a recipe for much frustration and stress. Take public transport as an example; everyone has an opinion about public transport in South Africa. To middle class commuters, a taxi or a bus is a lawless menace. To passengers, they’re the only way to get to work on time. To the drivers, they’re a rare opportunity to earn a decent if not outstanding wage in a country with chronic unemployment.