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Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist

Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
In rural parts of the world, building a reliable road infrastructure seems nigh on impossible. Andreas Raptopoulos has another idea: vast networks of
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Africa, cities/transport, innovation - Q&A


"You think that drones could help get vital supplies to the one billion people without reliable access to roads?

That's correct. The key concept for us is a network of small drones. Alone, each of those vehicles could cover only a small segment of the transportation network, but together they can have a big spread.

Why not build roads?
Following the lead of road systems in the West is a nearly impossible task for the African continent. You're talking about a massive infrastructure investment and a huge ecological footprint. If you were to deliberately plan out an approach to transportation and logistics in Africa, would you do it in the same way? I'm convinced that the answer is no. Instead, I think you would use a few different modes of transportation – and one would be an aerial method like the drone network we're proposing."

Cellphones have transformed life for many in Africa. Do you think the same could happen with drones?
Yes. It's a radical idea, but we believe that drones could do for transportation what mobiles did for communications. Fifteen years ago, if you had said that mobile telephones would give access to these extremely poor communities and enable their economic growth, nobody would have believed it. We believe it's the same for transportation.

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African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data | MIT Technology Review

African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data | MIT Technology Review | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The largest-ever release of mobile-phone data yields a model for fixing bus routes.
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Africa - Kenya: "..IBM model prescribed changes in bus routes around the around Abidjan, the nation’s largest city. These changes—based on people’s movements as discerned from cell-phone records—could, in theory, slash travel times 10 percent.   While the results were preliminary, they point to the new ways that urban planners can use cell-phone data to design infrastructure, says Francesco Calabrese, a researcher at IBM’s research lab in Dublin, and a coauthor of a paper on the work. “This represents a new front with a potentially large impact on improving urban transportation systems,” he says. “People with cell phones can serve as sensors and be the building blocks of development efforts.”

The IBM work was done as part of a research challenge dubbed Data for Development, in which the telecom giant Orange released 2.5 billion call records from five million cell-phone users in Ivory Coast."

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London buses reach contactless payment benchmark | SmartPlanet

London buses reach contactless payment benchmark | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
One million bus journeys in London have now been completed using the new payment method in just four months.
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LONDON - "We’re seeing a corresponding growth in the use of contactless cards across the U.K.; £33 million was spent on Visa contactless cards in February, and the number of transactions has grown by 25 per cent in the last quarter to reach 4.5 million every month.”

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4 Big Ideas to Revolutionize Transportation | WRI Insights

4 Big Ideas to Revolutionize Transportation | WRI Insights | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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transport enabling urbanization

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