Knowledge Center

Data-driven Urban Management and Public Safety

This project focuses on how the power of technology can be harnessed to streamline and empower urban management practices for greater accuracy and better outcomes.

The Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) was established in 2012 to provide top-up urban management, public safety and social upliftment services within an eight square kilometre urban corridor in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. In the first five years of its operation, the urban management model was largely analogue, comprising a team of public safety officers on the ground and radio reporting to a centralized control centre. However, there was a growing need to implement more advanced tools that could improve efficiencies, with a view to delivering better outcomes.

Working in partnership with global security service provider Securitas SA, the VRCID invested extensively in advanced technology to extend its surveillance. It is one of a handful of improvement districts in South Africa, to date, to build and manage its own centralised control centre through which all reporting is processed into a powerful response database.

The database enables the VRCID to collate, analyse and respond immediately to the security, urban cleansing and social development needs of the area under its management. Behavioural analytics can support predictive policing to track negative behaviour, proactively identify hotspots of criminal activity and respond quickly to events as they are happening on the ground.

The project comprises a centralised control centre at the VRCID offices, a network of 72 cameras, including 15 licence plate recognition cameras, 24-hour monitoring and a team of skilled public safety officers who are deployed to respond to incidents when reported.

Project Details

Data-driven and Predictive Urban Management and Public Safety for a Safer City

Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District


Public Space Management and Operations
$600001 - $1000000
$ 250,000
Bellville, Cape Town
South Africa