IBM Smart City technology in Accra, Ghana

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IBM Smart City technology in Accra, Ghana
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Start (11 April 2013, Documented, ?, No description)

City Accra
Country Ghana
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Technology Deployed Unknown Products 0087
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Datasets Used Unknown Dataset 0135
Deployment Type Surveillance, Traffic Surveillance
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managed by The Government of Ghana
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Summary In 2013, Accra was selected as a beneficiary of IBM smart city technology. Accra is a fast growing city and there was a need to manage the 'influx' of persons. IBM issued a report detailing the technological solutions that could be provided to Accra. A range of public and private sector actors were involved in consultations. It is not clear exactly whether biometric technologies have been employed. However these are a feature of other IBM smart city projects. Since 2021, Accra has installed a network of smart cameras from Huawei.


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Deployment Purpose: Surveillance, Traffic Surveillance

Summary
In 2013, Accra was selected as a beneficiary of IBM smart city technology. Accra is a fast growing city and there was a need to manage the 'influx' of persons. IBM issued a report detailing the technological solutions that could be provided to Accra. A range of public and private sector actors were involved in consultations. It is not clear exactly whether biometric technologies have been employed. However these are a feature of other IBM smart city projects. Since 2021, Accra has installed a network of smart cameras from Huawei.


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Product DeployedUnknown Products 0087
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DatasetsUnknown Dataset 0135
Search software

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StatusOngoing
EventsStart (11 April 2013, Documented, ?, No description)
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Involved Entities
Managed byGovernment of Ghana
Used byIBM


Location:

CityAccra
Country Ghana
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In 2013 Accra received funding for a smart cities project. Some of the recommendations were implemented. While it is not clear whether smart technologies were used, these are usually a feature

IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced the launch of a report entitled "A Vision for Smarter Growth: an IBM Smarter Cities Report on Accra, Ghana" that highlights how the rapidly emerging West African city should turn to technology to transform its key urban systems. Based on the opinions of local experts from across public and private sectors and civil society, the report identifies city services, transportation, and energy as essential for Accra's urban reform 1

The IBM report lists a number of areas where technology can help. While the long-term goal should be the construction of a modern mass public transit system, instrumented, interconnected and intelligent technologies can help in the meantime to form the basis of a smarter transportation system. Smart and networked traffic lights could help to ease the flow of traffic through the city. Cameras and social media technologies could help monitor the road network and provide intelligence to decision makers. By using Big Data technologies to analyze mobile phone data, city officials could gain a clearer view of how people move around within the city and how the existing transportation systems could be enhanced 1

Currently, Ghana as a country has put in place various measures to ensure that it joins other Africa countries to embark on the smart city project. To inspire innovations and improve on development in the country, various bills and policies were introduced and are still in place 2

References

  1. a b c  "IBM Report: Technology Holds the Key to Economic and Social Reform in Accra, Ghana". (2013) <https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ibm-report-technology-holds-the-key-to-economic-and-social-reform-in-accra-ghana-202541361.html> Accessed: 2022-11-22
  2. a b  "Smart City in Accra-Ghana: A Gold Coast again". (2022) <https://www.thesmartcityjournal.com/en/articles/smart-city-accra-ghana-gold-coast> Accessed: 2022-11-22