Meet Luma System, a Phnom Penh-based technology firm that has been using Geographical Information System technology to map kilometres of Cambodian roads.
Since 2010, the team has been mapping thousands of kilometres of Cambodia’s roads, all down to the most minute details.
They have developed their own digital map with precise information of 45,000km of roads in Cambodia. The data includes locations of traffic lights, places where vehicles can make U-turns, maximum speed limits, schools and hospitals in the area. This differs from Google Maps as it is solely for the purpose of mapping roads in Cambodia.
The project takes it a step further, and focuses on collecting traffic data in order to identify accident blackspots, hopefully this will help address the high number of traffic-related deaths in Cambodia.
Traffic accidents also cost the Cambodian economy an estimate of $350million per year, yet the government is not as committed to solving the issue, with only $400,000 allocated to the National Road Safety Committee’s yearly budget.
“Based on government research, there are nearly 1,800 fatalities a year, which is a lot considering we only have 16 million people in Cambodia,” says Borey Chum, CEO of Luma System.