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IBM Helps Design Nigerian State's Transportation System

Pro Bono Project Focused on Technology

IBM has completed a pro bono project with the Lagos State Government in Nigeria to design a transportation scheme in an effort to help manage and reduce traffic in Lagos City.

Funds for the collaboration will come from the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge three-year competitive grant program, which allocates $50 million for the winning participant chosen among 100 cities, IBM said Friday.

IBM's corporate citizenship program and international foundation sponsor the grant and a team of six IBM experts helps each winning city identify key issues, according to IBM.

The blueprint for Lagos recommends the state use mobile phones, call centers, cameras and GPS devices to manage the traffic, police, fire and medical services, as well as inform travelers about road situations and schedules.

"An intelligent, interconnected logistics and transportation management system is a crucial must-have for any modern city," said Taiwo Otiti, IBM's country general manager for West Africa.

The proposal also includes recommendations for developing an integrated e-ticketing and fare management system, implementing toll rates based on traffic density and using a single platform to store traffic and transportation data.

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