Border Activity

Borders represent typical bottlenecks for the movement of trade between countries, thus effecting countries, governments, suppliers, distributors, consumers and transporters alike.

According to the World Bank, trade between African countries currently represents only 12% of total economic activity in the region, compared to 60% in Europe and 40% in Asia.

Reducing red tape at border posts is seen as critical to reducing the cost of transport and increasing trade. LMS currently monitors 51 border posts across Africa. With 1500 geo-zones mapped and utilizing tracking from over 100,000 vehicles global positioning data,

LMS provides the most consistent data over time regarding border crossing times in Africa in a uniform manner to enable sound strategic decision making.

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Corridors & Routes

Transportation provides market accessibility by linking producers and consumers so that transactions can take place and is therefor an undeniable economic factor of production of goods and services.

According to Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Dr. Theo Notteboom “an efficient transport system with modern infrastructures favors many economic changes, most of them positive”. Transport systems span regional areas and depending on location of producers and consumers, certain segments of the transport system can compete with other segments.

LMS realizes the impact that duration of travel across a specific corridor or route has in terms of corridor performance relative to other alternatives. By monitoring 10 of the most important trans-African and regional corridors, LMS provides a unique insight to overall corridor performance and bottlenecks. An important insight for producers, suppliers, transport operators and government agencies alike.

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Economic Zones

The flow of heavy motor vehicle movements through a given area and congregation thereof is an excellent indicator of economic activity and potential land value.

In many developed economies, “transportation accounts for between 6% and 12% of the GDP”, according to Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Dr. Theo Notteboom. Furthermore, land adjacent or serviced by good transport services generally has greater value.

Given the significance of transportation in Africa, understanding and ultimately improving heavy motor vehicle movements is critical to successful economic growth and development. LMS by monitoring over 72 (and growing) key economic geographical areas mapped along transport corridors, provides essential data to understand this relationship.

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Intermodal Monitoring

Any port is the confluence of multiple transport modes and trade flows. Port performance is often the single best indicator on how well road transport and vessel traffic interact with each other and is a perfect example of an intermodal facility.

Information and distribution systems are essential to ensure the safe, consistent, efficient and cost-effective movement of freight being transported by several modes.

LMS utilizes tracking data from over 100,000 vehicles global positioning data every day. When this data is merged with nearly 100,000 vessel data points per week, the relationship between maritime and road traffic can be better understood.

LMS is the only system in Africa that can provide a consistent, data rich and long-term view on how well intermodal facilities are performing.

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