The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA’s) head of IT Fernando Wangila was been crowned the CIO of the Year at the recently concluded 2017 East Africa’s CIO100 Awards.
NTSA scooped the top accolade following its successful implementation of the Transport Information Management System (TIMS). TIMS is a self-help portal where Kenyans can access NTSA services from anywhere as long as they are connected to the internet.
TIMS was envisioned in 2008 by a multi-stakeholder group led by the Ministry of Transport through a multi-agency initiative to enhance road safety on Kenyan roads. The main aim was to implement an internet and mobile technologies enabled Transport Integrated Management (TIM) system to leverage the economy and scalability of today’s sophisticated enterprise architectures to meet its needs.
Once implemented, the project is expected to provide the Transport Ministry as well as the stakeholders with a foundational technology platform that can be leveraged to improve service delivery to the public, law enforcement agencies as well as other attendant businesses.
A citizen portal will be set up, and members of the public will be able to validate their documents through SMS. The project is being implemented by Copy Cat Ltd and Sims Sift Technologies from China.
Themed Digital Transformation, this year’s CIO100 Awards ceremony was preceded by a two-days symposium attended by more than 400 senior IT and business executives from across the East African region.
More than 650 companies took part in the competition, with entries from all the economic verticals including Education, Health, Logistics, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance and Agriculture.
Commenting on the submissions, Prof. Joseph Sevilla, Director at iLab, said they noticed that emerging technology isn’t merely a conjured-up report but they represent a series of already rolled-out initiatives – in pure capital, time and energy – that have massive implications for the enterprise. ‘’We noticed that emerging technology isn’t merely a conjured-up report but they represent a series of already rolled-out initiatives – in pure capital, time and energy – that have massive implications for the enterprise,”
The event was sponsored by among others SEACOM, DellEMC, CheckPoint, Forcepoint, CopyCat, Oracle, Sage, Telkom Kenya and Liquid Telecom.