Getting ready for ICT’s potential to make transport safer and more efficient
August 25, 2012 Editor 0
How relevant is ICT for transport? The emergence of low-cost open-source mapping tools; widespread cellular network coverage in developing countries; declining costs of mobile phone hardware; and increasing Internet use by public agencies have resulted in unprecedented opportunities to support transport planning and management in developing countries. As reported in the new World Bank publication Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile, around three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants now have access to a mobile phone. The number grew from fewer than 1 billion in 2000 to over 6 billion now, nearly 5 billion of which in developing countries. In 2011 alone, more than 30 billion mobile applications, or “apps” (the software that extends the capabilities of phones, for instance to become mobile wallets, navigational aids or price comparison tools) were downloaded.
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