Improving transparency and data analytics through system integration as a strategy to reduce road traffic accidents and corruption in the road sector
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Zimbabwe has experienced an increase in road traffic accidents with main contributing factors being the rapid increase in vehicle fleet in the country, corruption in the road sector, poor information processing systems among other factors which leg behind decision making. The situation in such a developing country cannot be solved by directly introducing best solutions being used in developed countries because of poor infrastructure, lack of capacity and poor vehicles. This study focuses on producing an affordable quick solution to reduce such alarming road traffic accidents rates through the use of open source software and simple technology that can be produced locally and work in the road sector until the capacity for Advanced Traffic Management systems has been met.The researcher implemented an integration platform with four selected stakeholders in the sector thus, Central vehicle Registration, Zimbabwe Republic Police, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe and the Vehicle Inspection Department. The platform was implemented at Bindura University of Science Education, tested and evaluated by students from the Computer Science and Police and Security departments. The researcher can safely conclude basing on the literature review and the research findings that integrating the electronic information management systems in the road sector improves transparency and data analytics and adds to corruption and accident reduction.