June 10, 2019
SEOUL – WeGO has selected the Kampala, Uganda, as the beneficiary local government of the Smart Sustainable City Feasibility Study (F/S) 2019 for its project proposal toward a unified smart parking system for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
WeGO’s annual F/S makes funding available to its members for consulting and solutions through feasibility studies and pilot projects. This year’s theme of “Generating Actionable Data for Smarter Cities” prioritizes the areas of mobility and public safety. A total of 14 submissions were received, representing innovative initiatives across Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.
Kampala’s proposal stood out for its aim toward building an integrated parking system with real-time information on available car parking spaces using variables such as time period, price, and geographic location. The proposal seeks to develop separate mobile apps for drivers and service providers, an integrated database, and an administrative portal, along with hardware such as sensors and cameras.
Later today, the WeGO Secretariat will release a request for proposals (RFP) from consulting companies and solutions providers interested in carrying out the F/S. At the end of the selection process, the feasibility study will start and possibly end with a pilot project carried out in Kampala from July to December. As other local governments work to implement comparable projects of their own, WeGO will explore what opportunities could be extended in the context of this year’s F/S.
Additionally, WeGO will be reaching out to its partners to find interest in funding and supporting the initiatives of those local governments whose project proposals were not selected. Since its inception, WeGO’s F/S has paved the way for 13 projects in the areas of e-government, waste management, e-office, smart traffic, and citizen participation systems.
Photo Credit: “On the road in Uganda with Charlotte Stafford” by Laura Garcia is licensed under CC-BY 2.0