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KCCA Launches Traffic Control Center

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in its ongoing efforts to mitigate traffic congestion in the city, has put in place a traffic control center whose purpose is to ensure proper traffic flow at the various city junctions

This center located at the Kampala City Hall currently covers 12 junctions whose traffic flow will be monitored 24 hours a day via CCTV cameras installed at the junctions.

Speaking at the launch, the KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi Semakula said the cameras monitored in this control room will not only ensure easy traffic flow but will help in ensuring safety for road users.

“Currently we have 40 CCTV cameras installed and fully functioning at different city junctions. These will be used to easily identify any accident if there is, as well as taking necessary steps like informing the police or calling an Ambulance,” she said.

Musisi said the cameras will work without disruption because they have power backups in case of blackouts.

The ED promised that in the coming years, the Authority will install more cameras at 75 junctions which will later be connected to the national CCTV network.

AIGP Steven Kasiima the head of Traffic Police applauded KCCA for this milestone which he says will help police apprehend reckless drivers

“With the help of these cameras we shall just be looking into records in case of any accident and arrest those drivers who always knock people and runaway,” he said.

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The first of their kind in Kampala, the smart street lights and the related junctions are interconnected on the superior National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI), being managed by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda, that ensures the monitoring team at the Kampala Traffic Control Centre always have remote access to the cameras and junctions.

Speaking at the launch this morning, NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, congratulated KCCA on this key project.

“It’s our intention to improve service delivery to the citizens using ICT. KCCA is leading the pack in the provision of eGovernment services. We remain committed in growing this partnership.”

The first of their kind in Kampala, the smart street lights and the related junctions are interconnected on the superior National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI), being managed by the National Information Technology Authority Uganda, that ensures the monitoring team at the Kampala Traffic Control Centre always have remote access to the cameras and junctions.

Speaking at the launch this morning, NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, congratulated KCCA on this key project.

“It’s our intention to improve service delivery to the citizens using ICT. KCCA is leading the pack in the provision of eGovernment services. We remain committed in growing this partnership.”

The currently monitored junctions include Kabira 1 and 2, Kira road Police junction, Fairway junction, Makerere main gate, Junjju Road, Gaddafi road, Kyadondo Road, Sir Apollo Kaggwa road, Nakulabye junction, Bukesa and Mengo SS.

The new control center is a pilot for a bigger project which will be fully implemented in few years to come.

The project is financed by World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Uganda and the African Development Bank .

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