Drones to monitor county parking
Wednesday 13th September, 2017 -Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is contemplating to apply the services of drones to nab motorists who default the Shs 300 daily parking fee.
The project is premised against the background of a revelation that the County loses approximately Shs 18 million every month in parking fees.
Speaking to the press recently, the CEO of Web Tribe Mr. Danson Muchemi which is already in charge of the automation of 14 county revenue streams said that his company would take charge of the drones on behalf of the County Government.
Mr. Danson Muchemi said that they would rely on aerial data to identify and nab defaulters adding, “ the drones would be used to determine the number of cars in a given parking slots and the data cross-checked against the day’s cash collections. This will show how many motorists have not paid for the parking.”
"The drones will fly across the parking areas in the city twice a day, capturing and relaying the data to our servers. Each of the drone will cost Shs 4 million and another Shs 2 million will be used to set up a software to run it." said Muchemi.
The County Government has requested for two drones for pilot exercise expected to cost the county Shs 10 million and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has been notified.
A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). used in various undertakings in commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural and other applications such as policing, peacekeeping and surveillance.
The initiative is meant to increase revenue collection, which have been on the rise since Governor Sonko took the reign at City Hall.