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Smartphone makes roads safer and more comfortable!

~ Easy and inexpensive inspection of road surface with smartphone ~

Background

Kenya is a Geographical chief part of shipping and air transportation in east Africa. Especially, the northern corridor starting from the Mombasa port in Kenya is a gateway of transportation for the neighbor countries (DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan).
On the other hand, most transportation in Kenya depends on the roads. Traffic network in Kenya, mainly highways, is comparatively developed but average drive speed is limited by condition of road surface and it causes daily jam and increase of time and cost for transportation.
In spite of this situation, inspection and management of roads haven’t been conducted enough because expensive dedicated equipment and technical experts are necessary for these activities and budget and human resources are limited. Therefore, realizing an inexpensive and wide inspection of roads with the latest ICT, more effective and efficient roads maintenance will be enabled and it leads to further development of regional economy.

Summary

This subject aims to evaluate condition of roads quantitatively in order to improve inspection of road surface in Kenya, using International Roughness Index (IRI), one of the indexes that indicates condition of roads (flatness). As a way to realize it, we introduced DRIMS / iDRIMS, an easy-to-use and low-cost system for simple evaluation of condition of roads, to Kenya (Kenya National Highways Authority: KeNHA) and verified its utilization for maintenance and management of the roads and its efficacy

Business

Technical Cooperation Projects/JICA、Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program(SIP)/Cabinet Office

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Company Data

Company Name
JIP Techno Science Co., Ltd.
 CTI Engineering International Co., Ltd.
 The University of Tokyo
 Hanshin Expressway Company Limited
 Japan International Cooperation Agency
Address
1-2-5, Nihonbashi Kayaba-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0025
The Type of business
IT Services
Capital
300,000,000 yen
Number of employee
225 persons
Establishment
April 1th, 2003 (Established JIP Techno Science Co., Ltd. separating from Japan Information Processing Service Co.,Ltd.)

Contact

Contact person
Takero KIKUCHI
Telephone
+81-3-5614-3206
Web
Mail
drims_projectcm.jip-ts.co.jp
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