The Kenya’s National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will soon launch several road safety, identification and management solutions on Kenya roads that are based on blockchain technology.
This follows a consultative engagement with other government agencies to ensure that data stored in these different agencies are integrated and can be rapidly accessed at one point. Eventually, these technologies will employ Artificial intelligence to ensure smooth and real time delivery of services.
Blockchain is a series of ICT technologies mainly in networking, cryptography, software development and data encryption in which information is stored and monitored from several computers called blocks which can only be altered with permission of each block administrator.
These agencies include the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Judiciary, departments of immigration and registration of persons bureau. NTSA is also in talks with insurance companies to provide their data as well as telecommunication companies to counter cases of fraud in insurance premiums.
According to Fernardo Wangila, the deputy director of NTSA and also the head of ICT and innovation these efforts will seamlessly link their revenue agency and their transport authority and in real-time, intimate the authorities on a driver’s license, registration and status of insurance.
“What this means is that a driver’s license will be the entry point to the person data. You can see his age, blood group, if his license is valid, his tax status, insurance status and any information that can be linked.”
Wangila says there are numerous interventions that his agency has planned that will ensure the safety of road users is assured. For example, he says his agency had planned on rolling out a system that would link Alco-blow for drunk drivers with their Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
“Kenya will lead the way in blockchain implementation and integration into government services. By 2020 and beyond we are also focused on nurturing the competencies of our tech-savvy youth in this sector”.
Wangila was a main speaker during the recently concluded World Blockchain Summit held in Nairobi. The decision to host the event at the venue is to show to the world, the developments and journey of Kenya in adopting the disruptive technology into its working sectors.