"Safe Pathways" at the international conference "Data and eGovernance: A spark for the future" at the Palace of Serbia

At the International Conference "Data and eGovernment: A Spark for the Future", held on March 6 at the Palace of Serbia, Igor Velić, Master of Traffic Engineering, as an expert associate of the Serbian GIS association, and more recently the president of the association for traffic safety "Safe Pathways", participated in the panel on open data at the local level in the company of representatives of the cities of Belgrade, Kragujevac and Novi Sad.

The Open Data implementation conference organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Office for IT and eGovernment, with the support of the World Bank and the United Kingdom Good Governance Fund, was opened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, and was attended by the Minister of education, science and technology development Mladen Sarcevic, Minister of labor, employment, veterans and social affairs Zoran Djordjevic, Director of the office for information technology and electronic governance, Dr. Mihailo Jovanovic, Ambassador of Great Britain to Serbia, Sian MacLeod and Permanent Representative for UNDP in Serbia, Francine Pickup.

As part of a discussion on open data at the local level, Igor Velić presented a unique project "Safe pathways and routes for the primary school pupils and high school students in Bor", the first site dedicated to traffic safety on the territory of the Republic of Serbia www.sigurnestaze.com, and a recently developed mobile application for posting traffic problems: bor.sigurnestaze.com.

The development of mobile and web applications on the example of bor.sigurnestaze.com will have its application in new projects planned at the level of the Republic of Serbia for the development of smart cities in the form of new functionalities and possibilities for review, input and modification of data by citizens, thus provides opportunities for all road users to mark locations on the map, add photos, describe and make suggestions to improve traffic safety.

Velić invited the conference attendees to connect the “Safe Pathways” project with the Google Transit project, which was done for the cities of Belgrade, Kragujevac, Nis, Subotica and Uzice, and suggested that a similar project be implemented in Bor.

In addition, the Serbian GIS association, together with the “Safe Pathways Association”, plans to develop another mobile application aimed at students and parents of primary and secondary schools in Bor, which will propose a safe route from home to school, avoiding objectively and subjectively dangerous locations in the city. The lack of adequate financial support prevents us from improving our work on the development of new applications, which would contribute to a reduced number of traffic accidents. In this regard, we hope that the city of Bor will finally stand behind our work and thus support the story of open data, as the cities mentioned at the conference held.

Also, if there is an interest of companies and other investors who could use the full potential of our idea, Serbian GIS association in cooperation with the association "Safe Pathways" is willing to establish appropriate business cooperation - explains Velić.

At the end of the conference, Velić emphasized that open data is important in order to make smarter decisions and create new technologies that will help reduce the number of traffic accidents and children get safe routes from home to school, and emphasized that the model developed by Serbian GIS association applicable to every city and municipality in Serbia.