Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Road accidents - how can technology help?

The other day I listened to the Police Commissioner releasing the grim statistics about road accidents during this festive season. The only question that kept popping in my mind is: what can we do? Surely, I believe that the road infrastructure is improving courtesy of Government interventions, there is no drinking in the wee hours of the morning... then the question is 'What more can be done to reduce the road carnage?'

As a technology person, I wonder why we cannot ( specifically the Traffic Department) use technology to help curb the growing list of accidents on our roads. Take the example of AccessKenya (AK) Initiative of installing cameras monitoring traffic on major highways. Why can't the government contract AK to monitor any misbehaving traffic offenders on the road? Such guys should be informed ( preferably through an SMS) to report to the nearest police station for onward 'towing' to the court and they should be fined promptly. Even the government can make money from such a venture.

This is not a new technology. It was been deployed elsewhere and it is proven that it can work. Let the Police Commissioner talk to AK to run even on a pilot basis this technology and see how it works. I believe that AK will be more than willing to help since even right now they are not charging a penny to those using this service.

We need to stop losing our loved ones on the roads due to the recklessness of a few among us.

Friday, October 8, 2010

How God fits into the equation of your life

How does God fit into the equation in a techies' daily life? From experience and observation, most techies relegate God to the back seat as they take the front seat of their lives. But is this the ideal scenario? Definitely not.

I ask myself questions like: how the sun rise, passes overhead ( without falling on me!), goes 'under' and in the morning I expect it to be up, lighting my room - just to inform me that it is morning wake, that is if I'm not up! These things and many others, I have no answers and no scientist is yet to convince me that this is physics at play! If not God at play, then surely there is another mighty force somewhere out there 'pulling strings' on our lives. I will be very interested to know who or what controls the 'mighty force'.. The force of gravity is our creation with the help of mathematicians and physicists. But who created the force of gravity before 'it was discovered'? What remaining to be discovered yet? The other day, scientists 'discovered a number of new species' in Papua Guinnea! These animals or insects or whatever we can call them, have been in existence before they were 'busted' in they serene environment.

So to me some things don't add up and I know that I'm yet to discover what God created in me and in the whole world. What about you? My readers you are the judge.