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Blog Article — December 19, 2022 — Innocent Orikiiriza

Conversations to spur sustainable and seamless mobility in Africa

The global population is expected to grow to 10 Billion by 2050, and 70% of these people will live in cities. In 40 years, we will have built as many new cities as in all of human history. The future of humanity is inevitably urban, and digitization stands as an essential, unstoppable revolution to ensure future proof cities focused on people and the environment. At the crossroads of tech and cities, there’s an opportunity for a more sustainable and inclusive world. One of the industries that will revolutionize is the mobility sector and how actors are stirring the wind toward this development.

During the Smart City Expo World Congress and Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress in Barcelona, I represented KaCyber Technologies, an e mobility technology startup with operations based in Kampala Uganda that builds digital ticketing and payment systems for transport operators across Africa. While presenting at the #SCWEC22, I hinted on our vision to create sustainable and seamless mobility and expand opportunities to all stakeholders within the transportation sector through a B2C and B2B Model.

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KaCyber at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, November 2022.

Since 2019, KaCyber has created a ticketing system to ensure convenient, secure and fast booking for Ugandan commuters on the different mediums of transport including Trains, Ferries and buses. While Ugandan transport operators suffer with tracking revenue with the current informal structure, the ticke ting system enables different players to receive equal share of payment of daily dues.

While Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) and the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport work towards ensuring Kampala becomes a smart city, adoption of technology to reorga nize the sector will propel the country many steps forward. The need for moderate transformation: adequate enforcement of regulations, reorganization of ownership, renewal of fleets, and integration of ICT systems to facilitate scheduling, booking and fare collection. This will help to make the system safer, cleaner and more efficient for Kampalan commuters and more stable, secure and profitable for the minibus taxi drivers and the mini industries that depend on them.

As referenced at the Smart Cities World Expo Congress, a smart city is not only forward thinking and sustainable, but fully inclusive, leaving no one behind.

A special thanks to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Make-IT in Africa and partners for your support to KaCyber Technologies and other vibrant and scalable African startups that delivered their pitches and exhibited at this great global event.

Take a look at the highlights of the delegation trip to the Smart City Expo World Congress by Make-IT in Africa together with partners and friends.

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About KaCyber Technologies

KaCyber Technologies is an e-mobility startup based in Kampala – Uganda that aims at enhancing sustainable travel experience through digital transformation.

The company has developed a comprehensive digital ticketing and payment platform for the public transport sector, leveraging technology and sustainable practices to create an effective and green mobility industry.

KaCyber has scored key partnerships with transport operators with its award-winning digital ticketing deployed on the Kampala commuter trains and Uganda’s first zero-emission electric buses, to ensure convenient, secure, and fast ticket booking for Ugandan commuters. While Ugandan transport operators suffer with tracking revenue with the current informal structure, the ticketing and payment system is enabling different players to receive equal share of payment of daily dues.

Overall, KaCyber Technologies is playing a critical role in helping Uganda achieve its green smart city status whilst building sustainability and resilience.

The Company recently celebrated its 6th year anniversary and hit a milestone of 10 million travel Bookings on trains and buses, valued at 54 Million USD.

About the author

Innocent Orikiiriza, also known as IO, is the CEO and Founder of KaCyber Technologies, a Ugandan e-mobility startup revolutionizing the public transport sector in Africa. He is passionate about formalizing the public transport sector in Africa and uses his deep understanding of the local transport landscape and the latest technology trends to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of travel while providing convenient access to transport services for operators and their clients.

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