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Kenya turns to digital mapping to fight crime

The Kenya government has embarked on a multi-million shilling project to create detailed digital maps of all the major urban centres in the country, showing street locations and landmarks. The project, to be completed in the next three years, is expected to boost the government’s efforts in improving security by helping the police respond to crime and distress calls faster. As part of the current project, the Survey of Kenya managed to reclaim old maps of Kenya’s towns held by the British Museums. The cost of the country wide project is still undetermined.

The digital maps can only be useful to security forces when existing anomalies in the structural aspects affecting major urban centres are addressed. He said that the main contentions are street naming and the accuracy of information on entry and exit points in different parts of the country.