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SmartPodTM (Rivers State)

SmartPodTM (Rivers State)

Description:

Implementing a Smart City Initiative for the Capital City Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria; to document in real time physical and quantifiable indices such as noise level, traffic flow, air quality, and ambient temperature via a web-based portal URL phtraffic.gov.ng providing cogent data and live feed information streams to municipal stakeholders in order to significantly increase response times from first responder services.
 The web-based portal may also be extended to visual documentation of accidents and broken down vehicles.
 The traffic monitoring aspects of the app will be set up to show areas of traffic congestion while suggesting alternative routes.

Challenges:

 Effectively measuring traffic parameters such as density and average speed of traffic flow on our roads.
 Setting scientific parameters to determine the top strategic placement points for the deployment of SmartPodTM(s).
 Implementing a suitable design, robust but simple, to monitor in real time a visual representation of the Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria road network measured parameters.
 Effectively assemble a suitable public awareness campaign to inform about and encourage public use of the SmartPodTM(s).
 Finding, selecting, training and motivating the Youth Caretakers for the various deployed SmartPodTM locations with a stipend and specific daily monitoring duties.

Major Requirements:

Develop and Assemble Project Team Leads to find, select, train, motivate and mobilize 30 Youth Caretaker Teams for each of the various deployed SmartPodTM(s).
 Create a scope and requirement for the project plan by uploading the comprehensive GIS map of Port Harcourt City, Rivers State Nigeria, into a suitable GIS interface and based on scientific methodology; determine the best positions for SmartPodTM deployment.
 Creating the System Design of the project as well as a SmartPhone App for Apple, Blackberry and Android phones.
 Acquiring technical components and equipment adjusted to fit environmental conditions of Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria, assembling, commissioning and maintaining the devices for the project span of 2-3 years.
 Establishing a closed and secure mesh communications network based on GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi or a dedicated hybrid metropolitan area network to interconnect the SmartPodTM(s) to the web-based portal and possibly extend these services to municipal stakeholders such
as Fire Service, EMS/Ambulances, and Traffic Control etc.
 Acquire, design and deploy a suitable GIS-aware web-based application which will form the reporting and informational web-
based portal with the suggested URL phtraffic.gov.ng.
 Run a trial test for 3 (three) months before launch day.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

Reducing Youth unemployment by creating Youth caretaker Teams responsible for three times daily physical checks on the deployed SmartPodTM (s) across Port Harcourt City. These Youth Caretakers will be engaged at the beginning of the project to inculcate, understand and participate in the project design and implementation as a means for the youth to have a vested interest in the project.
 Increase awareness of traffic congested locations by providing scientifically accurate data and statistics as provided and documented by the SmartPodTM network and coalesce these into user friendly reports available on the web portal phtraffic.gov.ng
 Provide cogent data and live feed information streams to municipal stakeholders in order to significantly decrease response time.
 Provide scientific data such as captures of sound and noise levels to assist efforts towards reduction of municipal noise pollution.
 Potentially extend the use of the city wide SmartPodTM(s) for other purposes of municipal data collection not otherwise envisaged in the original design.
 Provide real time documentation of traffic flow and all other measured parameters with simultaneous live feed to the web-based portal phtraffic.gov.ng and all other physical parameters. Anyone with the publically available URL and internet access can view the web-based portal.

Measurement Methods:

Measurement will be done by a test run 3 (three) months prior to launch date with the data obtained by public response, ambient temperature, noise and visual data collection and storage using GoogleTM KML and KMZ format.
 Conduct an environmental impact assessment of the effects of SmartPodTM(s) on the environment in which they will be deployed. Bearing in mind that the SmartPodTM(s) generates no form of harm to humans and the environment, the installation will also be vetted for documentation purposes and obeisance of municipal conventions where applicable.
 Questionnaires will be provided online to Governmental Agencies, NGO’s, Road Transport Workers, Public Servants, Emergency Medical Services, Federal Road Safety Commission, Police, Parks and Gardens, Ministry Of Health, Ministry Of Environment and Residents can use the web-based portal to give feedback regarding the SmartPodTM devices.
 Provide data using the web-based portal and major social media platforms tailored to residents within the Port Harcourt and immediate environment during trial test running period.

1.Replicability :

 It’s a standardized process that can be customized to suit the unique
traffic conditions of other cities hereby creating the opportunity for
such cities to emulate the Port Harcourt Smart City Initiative.

2.Scalability:

 Potentially extend the use of the city wide SmartPodTM(s) for other purposes of municipal data collection not otherwise envisaged in the original design.
 Provide real time documentation of traffic flow and all other measured parameters with simultaneous live feed to the web-based portal phtraffic.gov.ng and all other physical parameters. Anyone with internet access can view the live feed.

3.Sustainability:

 The best hardware resources will be procured.
 Creation of Youth Caretaker Teams that reside within 500 yards of the
SmartPodTM location to enable regular checks (3 (three) times daily). Trained Youth Caretakers will be attached with Rivers State Government ICT Department Team Leads to train them during the early stages of deployments in other cities.
 A SmartPodTM Caretaker Working Group will be formed for protection of the devices and thereby enhancing sustainability and easier communication.
 It is a team-based approach, we will have 2 Youth Caretakers (a Team Lead and an Assistant) reporting daily via the web-based portal (phcity.gov.ng) and GSM/GPRS networks to the Information and Communication Technology Department Office of the Executive Governor on updates and challenges.
 Train interested residents to use the SmartPodTM app on their Smartphone devices to make the use of the SmartPodTM network more effective.

Project Impacts:

Each SmartPodTM will have a Youth Caretaker and Assistant; this will create employment and learning opportunities for all such administrators across all installed locations.
 It will help to ease traffic.
 Provide visual representation of traffic congestion in real time and
the information will be provided on the web-based interface plus a
mobile Smartphone application.
 It will help to detect accidents and broken down vehicles causing
traffic congestion.
 It will facilitate economic (business) activities around the city due to
more accessible road networks awareness, which will in turn
encourage local and foreign investors.
 The Residents of Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria will benefit
from a centralized web-based portal: phtraffic.gov.ng to document traffic, noise and ambient temperature.
 Reduced noise Pollution and temperature will have positive effect on the health of Residents, Governmental and Non-Governmental Bodies will be informed on ambient temperature variations.

Demonstration:

Phase I Pilot/Demonstration June 2016:
 Testing to expose problems amongst different program components before deploying the SmartPodTM at a particular location. Test run for 3 (three) months for performance observation.
Phase II Deployment June 2017:
 Deploying about 30 - 40 of our SmartPodTM devices at strategic locations around our city (Port Harcourt) preferably with high rate of noise and traffic congestion. A Youth Caretaker team of 2 (two) persons will be trained and responsible for daily tasks at each of the monitoring stations.

Project milestone

Idea Complete

Idea Complete
Prototype Complete
In Development
Deployed
Commercialized