Park Ji-sung was given the captain’s armband for QPR’s first pre-season friendly in Malaysia, where they led at the break courtesy of Bobby Zamora’s early goal.Flagship signing Park was making his Rangers debut along with fellow recent arrival Andrew Johnson, while Samba Diakite featured for the first time since his permanent move to the club was rubber-stamped.Another new recruit, on-loan Manchester United defender Fabio, is due to make his debut as one of 11 second-half substitutes.Zamora tapped in the loose ball after Anton Ferdinand’s header had been parried.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO AchmetDangor urged the nation to support theThink Pedestrian campaign.(Image: Kgopi Mabotja) The bright green Think Pedestrian logowill soon be seen all around South Africa.(Image: Think Pedestrian)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sam MonarengDept of transport communications, media+27 12 309 3970 or +27 83 326 1521RELATED ARTICLES• Bikers hit the road for Mandela Day• Professional edge for traffic officers• SA’s first green transport service• Cape Town’s transport system lauded• Gautrain’s Pretoria route rolls outKgopi MabotjaA new campaign, driven by the UN and backed by local companies, has been launched with the aim of improving the safety situation on South Africa’s roads, by changing the behaviour of both pedestrian and vehicle road users.The Think Pedestrian campaign is expected to run for a decade, and hopes are high that it will curb the rising number of road deaths in South Africa, attributed to negligence on the side of motorists as well as pedestrians.The initiative is driven globally by the UN. With the slogan Together we can save millions of lives it is aimed at mobilising all nations to unite in promoting road safety.In South Africa, Think Pedestrian is endorsed by logistics company Eqstra and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, in support of Nelson Mandela Day.Central to its objectives is to stabilise and reduce road incidents by educating drivers and pedestrians about road safety.The Think Pedestrian initiative will be piloted in the high-risk provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.Light at the end of the tunnelSpeaking at the launch on 11 April at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele said road fatalities are on the increase, with pedestrians accounting for more than 40% of deaths.It is estimated that there are 40 accidents a day on the country’s routes, and 14 000 a year.However, said Ndebele, South Africa is seeing light at the end of the tunnel.The number of road crashes over the Easter weekend, traditionally a dangerous time to be out and about, dropped to 181 from 215 in 2011. This is according to the Easter 2012 preliminary statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).Ndebele commended motorists for applying caution and for driving in a sober state over the Easter weekend.“In this regard, we would like to compliment all road users who adhered to the rules of the road, as well as all our law enforcement officers and the emergency services personnel who went beyond the call of duty,” he said.Whilst he expressed delight in the progress made, he warned that there is still a long route ahead in making the country’s roads safer. He urged road users to help the government to achieve its 2020 goal of reducing road fatalities by half.To support Think Pedestrian, the minister announced that more than 1 000 motorists and pedestrians will be screened every month for alcohol compliance, as laid out in the National Rolling Enforcement Plan.Ndebele urged community members to join road safety councils in their area which have been initiated by the Department of Transport.“They aim to work with communities in inculcating a culture of responsibility with regard to the use of the road.”They are also tasked with identifying road safety hazards within their communities, and get people interested in helping to resolve them. By so doing, the department hopes to instil a sense of community ownership.Changing road user behaviourEqstra MD Murray Price said the campaign will consist of a range of road awareness campaigns designed to change road user behaviour for the better.“The problem is not about how good or bad drivers and pedestrians are; attitude is the problem. We have to educate our people about the importance of observing the rules of the road,” he said. “We can save lives by doing so.”Price pointed out that there is a task team which will identify accident hotspots across the country’s roads as the campaign spreads to other provinces.“We will be guided by the Department of Transport in identifying these places. From there we can evaluate the root cause of the problem.”He said Eqstra, as a fleet management and logistics company, has a responsibility to contribute to the reduction of road death statistics. Part of the campaign will include installing road signage and speed bumps, and patching potholes in line with the respective needs in every area.A golf tournament will be launched soon to raise funds in order to sustain the campaign.“It will be played annually until the 10-year period lapses,” he said.Adding to Price’s sentiments, the acting manager of RTMC, Collins Letsoalo, said road safety awareness campaigns run on an annual basis are already underway to support the Think Pedestrian campaign.One of the campaigns supported by the RTMC is Think Bike, an NGO run entirely by volunteers.Under the slogan Raising awareness, saving lives, it speaks for road users such as runners, walkers and bikers, and is aimed at encouraging motorists to be considerate and tolerant of two-wheeled road users.Dr Francis Kasolo, representing the UN, stated that South Africa is setting the pace in that it’s launched the campaign a year earlier than numerous other countries.“That shows the commitment of the government to road safety,” he said.
For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Columbus#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#top#USDOT Justin Bean With the amount of data available today, cities are constantly innovating, finding new ways to apply insights in ways that benefit citizens. This is no small task, as new technologies are constantly reshaping what’s possible when it comes to using and making sense of data.Data creates opportunities. Cities are rife with challenges that not only impact their own residents but society at large. IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are now poised to address some of the most pressing social challenges, like homelessness, transportation and public safety. See also: Is location intelligence the key to citizen-centric smart cities?As cities find new ways to analyze data and extract insights that help solve some of their most immediate challenges, they’re also creating promising assets for tackling issues beyond their borders. Whether it’s Copenhagen’s increase in smart technologies to reduce emissions or New York’s efforts to modernize its subway and ferry systems, cities and the organizations that work with them are tackling issues that have implications on citizens around the world. Locally accountable and locally empoweredCities are the source of 80% of our global gross domestic product, 70% of emissions, and consume 66% of our energy. Urban populations are expected to nearly double by the middle of the century, according to the United Nations. This makes cities critical in addressing today’s global economic, social, and environmental challenges. Cities have their own priorities and are able to explore solving their own challenges with smart technologies. When cities are empowered use such technology to solve local issues, and subsequently share their successes with other cities, we will have the capacity to address global challenges collectively. As we saw in 2006, with cities signing up for the Kyoto Protocol, and more recently, with cities supporting Paris Accord carbon reduction targets, local governments can act within their own districts but impact the world. City officials have connections to their constituents, local businesses, and organizations. When local officials are successful at addressing local needs, they are strongly supported, and even adored, by their citizens. This aligns interests between the community and its elected officials, and puts those local politicians in powerful positions; officials then have the ability to directly influence change. Cities are responsible for their residents and need to use all available tools and technologies to better the lives of their residents. Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco understood that homelessness in his city needed to be addressed in a substantial way, so he launched the Navigation Center to offer shelter to those without a home. The initiative includes a “joint database in which all the departments and organizations involved with it pool shelter guest information, giving case managers real-time access to integrated data.” By sharing data across multiple organizations, the city can now respond quickly to help city residents in need. Similarly, the smaller City of Moreno Valley, Calif. responded to citizens’ concern with crime in local parks. After the city implemented a state-of-the-art public safety system, citizens reported that they felt safe again, and are returning to the parks for barbecues and family gatherings. It takes a villageAs cities tackle a diverse set of issues, from energy efficiency to traffic blocks to homelessness, it’s critical that solutions and insights don’t stay in a bubble. Sharing both with other municipalities working on similar challenges will only improve the standard of living around the world. In recent years, cities have deployed a number of technologies to become smarter and to run more efficiently. Using sensors built into streetlights, for example, Barcelona is able to keep an eye on the amount of rainfall in a given area to ensure the sprinkler systems only run when needed. In Copenhagen, the driverless metro trains will soon respond to demand in real time thanks to IoT sensors in stations that analyze demand data for various rail services, helping the city to improve service while saving on energy and operational costs. These types of technologies are only some of the innovative solutions being adopted by smart cities today, enabling the gathering of an enormous amount of information. One of the most under-used sources of data available to cities today is video. Thanks to innovations in video analytics, this already abundant source of data can often be used to do everything, from analyzing traffic situations to automatically alerting the police and firefighters when there are public safety incidents that need attention.There is no shortage of data available to decision makers, but one of the challenges is actually determining how to filter through all the available data and use it in the most beneficial way. The more data shared across internal agencies and organizations, as well as with local businesses and non profits, the more room there will be for innovation to take place, and the more effective cities can be with the resources they have. Cities must learn from each other to avoid making similar mistakes that could hinder progress, and to effectively create the future they seek.In 2016, Columbus, Ohio was granted significant funding by the government after winning the Smart City Challenge, a contest held by the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve transportation systems states. Ohio has since become a case study for other regions interested in improving their mobility systems and instituting sustainable transportation.Smart cities can also help other cities that have not added significant IoT capabilities. Cities that are still learning how to adapt to emerging technologies will benefit from the best practices of cities that have already implemented them. This will allow a greater number of communities to work toward solving challenges that can have positive implications for society as a whole. Smart cities are learning how to become “smarter” every day. Working together, they are now poised to solve some of society’s greatest challenges. The more cities we have working toward the greater good, the more resilient and prosperous our increasingly global civilization will be as a whole.