Depart­ment hosts in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion con­fer­ence

The New Age (Free State) - - NEWS - TNA REPORTER

THE Gaut­eng depart­ment of roads and trans­port, to­gether with the Trans­port Fo­rum and In­tel­li­gent Trans­port So­lu­tions, will host the fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion and Mo­bil­ity Con­fer­ence in Midrand to­mor­row.

Depart­ment spokesper­son Meli­tah Madiba said the con­fer­ence would ex­plore ways in which the pro­vin­cial govern­ment could best in­te­grate the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion’s smart tech­nolo­gies to plan and de­liver ser­vices.

“It will fur­ther dis­cuss ways the pro­vin­cial govern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor can jointly de­fine, ex­pand and make pop­u­lar the de­bate on the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, for the greater good of so­ci­ety, prov­ince and the coun­try,” Madiba said.

Trans­port MEC Is­mail Vadi said: “Un­less we in­te­grate in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion tech­nolo­gies as part of the way we run our busi­nesses and take a lead in its devel­op­ment, we will be lag­ging be­hind global best prac­tices. We also run the risk of be­ing mere con­sumers of tech­nolo­gies rather than de­vel­op­ers and in­no­va­tors.”

The depart­ment said it would also be launch­ing a mo­bile app for all pub­lic trans­port modes.

Madiba said the ap­pli­ca­tion was aimed at pro­vid­ing com­muters with real time, ac­cu­rate pub­lic tran­sit in­for­ma­tion, timeta­bles and fares for Gaut­eng based pub­lic tran­sit op­er­a­tors.

“These in­clude Gau­train, A re Yeng, Rea Vaya, Metro­rail, Gau­train bus ser­vices, Jo­han­nes­burg City Sight­see­ing, minibus taxis, long dis­tance buses and the Tsh­wane Bus Ser­vices,” Madiba said.

Vadi said the ap­pli­ca­tion would also al­low users to plan their jour­neys with the op­tion of select­ing de­sired trans­port modes, travel times and cri­te­ria spe­cific to travel modes. In other words short­est ver­sus cheap­est trip.

“We are al­ready see­ing the power of tech­nol­ogy that ev­ery day is re­shap­ing pub­lic trans­port ser­vices, mar­ket­ing and con­sump­tion. The global tech­no­log­i­cal changes we are wit­ness­ing are spark­ing a rev­o­lu­tion in the trans­port sec­tor,” Vadi said.

He said the depart­ment would there­fore use in­no­va­tion, re­search and devel­op­ment em­a­nat­ing from the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion to pro­mote a smart prov­ince to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and ac­cess to ser­vices. – 701787


IN­NO­VA­TION CALL: MEC for roads and trans­port Is­mail Vadi.

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