In Gabon How Libreville is taking advantage of Internet of Things

This program called Citynext covers eight key areas: health, social services, infrastructure, water, electricity, justice, culture and education.

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The Microsoft Corporation and Libreville in Gabon have signed a partnership agreement on March 16, 2016 regarding the implementation of CityNext program. play

The Microsoft Corporation and Libreville in Gabon have signed a partnership agreement on March 16, 2016 regarding the implementation of CityNext program.

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The capital of Gabon, Libreville, has signed a partnership with Microsoft to take advantage of technological advances and the latest generation of applications for the practical implementation of innovative solutions.

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This program called Citynext covers eight key areas: health, social services, infrastructure, water, electricity, justice, culture and education.

In the field of transport, for example, the American technology giant will develop low-cost tools for the management of urban transport. The application will allow the management of traffic from a live feed, giving a real-time report of traffic incidents and provides other location-based elements.

The capital of Gabon, Libreville play

The capital of Gabon, Libreville

 

For improving governance, including tax collection, Libreville will have an overview of the level of taxes collected,​by month, by year, by industry, etc. One can then, thanks to this application, compare performance and incorporate indicators such as gross domestic product, annual inflation, and population. This new range of technological tools that Microsoft will provide for the city of Libreville will also allow citizens to participate in the protection of urban heritage. Citizens can thus report cases of damaged public property, potholes or antisocial behavior such as illegal dumping of garbage, etc. "The citizen just has to take photos, add comments, and information is automatically sent in his name. He can then follow up with management on notified cases", says an engineer at Microsoft.

Other applications provide access to vital services, police, emergencies an e-form.

An example of such is the Telehealth application which allows to citizens to find information and get access to public health. It provides a list of hospitals and doctors treating specific conditions, the list of support centers, their addresses, their contacts, geolocation, resource availability and waiting lists.

According to Mr. Bazoumana, Director of Accounts for Microsoft West Africa, the tech giant is putting technology at the service of communities. "The people are the core of cities. By integrating technology in the life of the city, we can do more with less, drawing on urban trends and using them to meet the needs of citizens", he said.

For the mayor of Libreville, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, with this partnership, the city of Libreville becomes "modern and respectful of the requirements related to sustainable development, protection and preservation of nature".

However, some social activists have raised concerns about the security of the data to be manipulated.

Libreville may have just gotten on the right path to become Africa's first and true smart city.

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