The global population is expected to grow to 10B by 2050, and 70% of these people will live in cities. In 40 years, we will have built as many new cities as in all of human history. The future of humanity is inevitably urban, and digitization stands as an essential, unstoppable revolution to ensure future-proof cities focused on people and the environment. At the crossroads of tech and cities, there’s an opportunity for a more sustainable and inclusive world. One of the industries that will revolutionize is the mobility sector and how actors are stirring the wind toward this development.
During the Smart Cities Expo World Congress and Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress in Barcelona, KaCyber Technologies, an e-mobility technology startup with operations based in Kampala Uganda that builds digital ticketing and payment systems for transport operators across Africa had the chance to present its innovation and operational model across African countries.
While presenting at the #SCWEC22, Innocent Orikiriiza, the founder and CEO of KaCyber hinted on the startup’s vision to create sustainable and seamless mobility and expand opportunities to all stakeholders within the transportation sector through a B2C and B2B Model.
Since 2019, KaCyber has created a ticketing system to ensure convenient, secure and fast booking for Ugandan commuters on the different mediums of transport including Trains, Ferries and buses. While Ugandan transport operators suffer with tracking revenue with the current informal structure, the ticketing system enables different players to receive equal share of payment of daily dues.
While Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Works and Transport work towards ensuring Kampala becomes a smart city, adoption of technology to reorganize the sector will propel the country many steps forward. The need for moderate transformation: adequate enforcement of regulations, reorganization of ownership, renewal of fleets, and integration of ICT systems to facilitate scheduling, booking and fare collection. This will help to make the system safer, cleaner and more efficient for Kampalan commuters and more stable, secure and profitable for the minibus taxi drivers and the mini industries that depend on them.
As referenced at the Smart Cities World Expo Congress, a smart city is not only forward-thinking and sustainable, but fully inclusive, leaving no one behind.
A special thanks to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Make-IT in Africa, and partners for your support to KaCyber Technologies and other vibrant and scalable African startups that delivered their pitches and exhibited at this great global event.