Datacrest Technology Limited, an information technology and software developer organisation, has unveiled its smart city solutions in Nigeria.
The company introduced these solutions in Lagos, promising to assist governments, corporate organisations and individuals solve issues around traffic gridlocks, energy efficiency and waste management.
Speaking to journalists during the event, Kehinde Olashore, managing director and chief executive officer of the company, said Datacrest is passionate about offering practical solutions to meet the growing needs of corporations and governments.
“We have a suite of products on offer; from CRM to ERP, business intelligence to artificial intelligence technologies,” Olashore said.
“We are also focusing heavily on groundbreaking technologies like Blockchain. We have a number of use-cases, which we are currently deploying in Nigeria. We also deal with intelligent Chatbots, and we have a vast range of IT solutions for different aspects of industries.
“There are issues we are trying to solve in the Smart City space. We look at the pain points for different industries by either saving money, enabling efficiency or redefining the current solutions they have for either reduction in human power or time-related issues.
“The model we have solves issues around waste management, parking, traffic and lighting management using efficient intelligent or IoT devices or sensors to identify cases or rules that need to be applied.
“We can use smart sensors to identify how many cars pass through certain roads, toll gates or bridges so as to prepare for efficient traffic management on those areas.”
On waste management, Olashore said there are sensors that could detect individual apartments, detect wastes, pick them up and take the
refuse to a depot.
“This can be used on a vehicle that is autonomous and it works efficiently,” he said.
“There is also a way to manage your energy – to regulate usage in the morning, during the day and at night.
“In certain areas they are using trains, whereas we use buses here. There is the opportunity to use sensors to identify how many buses are needed on a particular route and at what time of the day.
“As a company we are trying to solve problems that we have identified in Nigeria. Traffic is one of such challenges.
“That is why mega cities like Lagos should use alternative means of transportation such as buses and trains. Structures need to be built and maximized.
“We also believe you need to use technology to improve on our environment. The most important thing for the states is to identify the most cost-effective solution and maximize it.
“I strongly believe states will benefit a lot by adopting these smart city solutions.”