Why African Cities Need to Become Smarter, Faster

Modern Nairobi cityscape – capital city of Kenya East Africa

Cities currently consume about 78% of the world’s electricity. This means that city planners have a tough balancing act to focus on when it comes to the creation of smart cities. Besides ensuring that living in a city is a comfortable experience, city planners have to make sure there is everything from water and lighting to Wi-Fi and waste removal services.

The provision of power is a key impediment to the creation of smart cities in Africa and, therefore, smart solutions are essential. Imagine a pole that is not only wrapped in solar technology, but that also has Wi-Fi technology as well as GSM technology linked to it. As you move around the city or from city to city, it picks up your SIM card and feeds you relevant information about your route while it simultaneously produces sustainable energy. 

Three African cities have already grown beyond a population of 10 million and are formally considered mega cities. Many of our continent’s cities are struggling to keep up with the influx of people due to urbanisation, with over 60% of Africa’s urban population living in informal settlements, where poor living conditions, lack of water and electricity, poor access to sanitation, heavy traffic congestion and poverty are rife. Continue reading …

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