Kenya’s Nairobi to use drones for parking fees enforcement

Kenya has been ranked top as far as financial and digital inclusion by the Brookings Institution’s Centre for Technology Innovation.

This is as a result of robust commitment to advancing financial inclusion and widespread adoption of mobile money services among others. Now a financial services provider in Kenya wants to employ drones to enhance parking efficiency in the city’s central business district.

Nairobi, has over 30,000 public service vehicles and around 300,000 private vehicles going through the central business district every week.

That means more vehicles, than available parking spaces – which are a much needed revenue source for the city. Currently, Nairobi has only 14,000 documented parking slots.

But, there is a problem, the city estimates it is losing about $20,000 a month through collusion between motorists and parking attendants.

The city no longer receives cash payments for parking tickets, now all you need to pay for parking is a mobile phone app called Ejiji Pay. The app gives you the options to pay electronically, and the CEO of JamboPay, the company behind the electronic payment service, now wants to deploy drones to curb the loss of revenue.

“We deploy drones, fly them above parking slots and we collect data. So we are able to know the rate of compliance per street, vehicle registration and communicate details real time to enforcers,”  Danson Muchemi, CEO of JamboPay, told CGTN.

The company says they have developed an aerial imagery compliance data-gathering module for the drone that will fly at least twice a day.

JamboPay, has already applied for a licence to operate drones from the Kenya Civil aviation authority.

Once cleared, the company believes they will increase parking revenue collection to 100%

At present, it is estimated about 2000 vehicles do not pay daily parking fees in the city.