- @iLabAfrica- Strathmore University announces MOU with Safwayz
- Goal is to set up a blockchain application to monitor traffic violations in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, February 18, 2020 – Strathmore University has partnered with Safewayz to develop a blockchain application to capture, process, manage and host traffic rules violation data.
Strathmore University through @iLabAfrica and Safewayz have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two organisations partner to develop a blockchain application to capture, process, manage and host traffic rules violation data.
It’s worth noting that every year, the World Health Organisation reports the total number of road traffic deaths at about 1.25 million worldwide, with the highest road traffic fatality rates occurring in developing countries.
“When we did research we found that driver behavior contributes to 8 out of 10 accidents of road accidents in the country. In areas where there are police or speed cameras which means driver behavior is being monitored accidents on that stretch of the road are minimal.” Fred Gatiramu, the co-founder of Safewayz Company.
Studies have shown that over 80 per cent of road accidents are attributable to driver behavior and errors such as speeding, distracted driving, reckless driving and driving under the influence (risky driver behaviour).
“We are pleased to collaborate with Safewayz Company to help carb road carnage. This partnership will help create applications that will monitor traffic violations in Kenya, assess the gravity and validity of traffic violations data submitted by the public; and to convert these to
actionable data,” Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director @iLabAfrica.
The Safewayz project will be tailored to address driver behavior through a cloud chased database that will be accessible to all road users through capturing, sending reports on traffic violations to Incidence Centers and permanent storage of raw data.
This data will be shared with National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and any other interested parties.
“We are honored that @iLabAfrica- Strathmore University has given us the opportunity to collaborate and be in the front face of the Safewayz project since it’s well equipped with the resources,” Fred Gatiramu, the co-founder of Safewayz Company.
@iLabAfrica is a Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation and Development at Strathmore University.
The Centre spearheads Research and Innovation in Information Communication Technology for the Development (ICT4D) of ecosystems towards the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to contribute toward Kenya’s Vision 2030.
The research Centre is involved in interdisciplinary research, students’ engagement and has partnered with over 800 institutions.
SafeWayz is a company that helps to increase the number of people who capture traffic violations for action from the current thousands (traffic police only) to millions (crowdsourcing).
SafeWayz aggregates traffic rules violations report from millions of people who send their reports through various channels such as voice-calls, SMS, Email and Social Media.
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