The FG is planning to build a smartphone-accessible car registry

Per a statement from HID Global, the company that has been awarded the contract, the deal for the vehicle owner database was signed on May 12, 2016.

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For a country that is the most populous black country, Nigeria has been abysmal when it comes to utilizing data in the effective running of the country.

Numerous private companies and entities have been making efforts to compile user-generated data in different sectors but, like we all know, that always turns out to be either inadequate, or ineffective.

Now, it seems like the Federal Government is starting to realize the power behind user-generated data and how effective it can be in the effective management of all aspects of governance - they have decided to create a vehicle owner database.

Per a statement from HID Global, the company that has been awarded the contract, the deal for the vehicle owner database was signed on May 12, 2016, and will see all of Nigeria's entire vehicle ownership system computed into one single smartphone-accessible database.

Techpoint reports that the database will be built on HID's goID platform which includes a program for vehicle registration, provision of real-time access to vehicle and vehicle owner information through credentials and mobile readers.

The Nigerian Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (BMCR) vehicle registration program will issue mobile IDs; a system that already sort-of, kind-of exists already but barely functional.

Nigeria is roughly estimated to have about 60 million cars on its roads. If there is a functional vehicle registration management platform, the applications are numerous. Crime for one will be tackled more effectively.

Hopefully, this is actually implemented right and the numerous application are applied to making the lives of Nigerians better. Pulse Tech will keep you posted.

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