Microbots CEO Tinashe Jambo’s ever persistent desire to push the boundaries of innovation landed his company Microbots at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2018 in Durban where his innovation of the Electronic Clamp gained sight from both the regional and international market.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a global platform that accelerates Information Communication Technology innovations aiming at delivering economic development through exhibiting digital solutions and networking innovation hubs to nations, organisations and an influential audience.
“Being at the ITU gave us an opportunity to showcase out technology to people from all over the world, we have developed new business leads and promising business partnerships, ITU has presented a unique business opportunity which has presented positively even to my growth as an individual,” he said
Microbots has managed to gunner the interest of countries regionally such as Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Ghana. Internationally, companies from Korea and China have shown interest in exploring further the vision of Virtual Reality and Autonomous Vehicles with Microbots.
In December 2016 Microbots CEO Tinashe Jambo presented a conceptualized design of an electronic clamp to address dreadful parking problems that people experience.
“The electronic clamp came to life as a result of the curiosity of next generation technology in internet of things, i wanted to enable parking companies to monitor enforcement in real-time and to eliminate inconvenience on the motorist the technology communicates to them what’s happening on their vehicle, we are talking of smart cities,”he said.
The innovation has come a long way from June 2017 with the completion of the first prototype, to the adoption of the Electronic Clamp by parking management Parkrite,Zambia and the adoption of the launch of the Innovation Drive Fund by POTRAZ.
Expressing his gratitude to the various stakeholders that gave him assistance in fulfilling his dream, Jambo said;
“I would like to express my special thanks of gratitude to POTRAZ, the Ministry of ICT and Cyber Security, the Office of the President and Cabinet and supporting partners for giving my start up Microbots an opportunity to showcase the innovation.”
The Electronic clamping system is one of a kind in Zimbabwe and it works through sending a message to the vehicle owner notifying them that their vehicle has been clamped.
The payment is done online and once that’s done, the electronic clamp unlocks and the driver gets to drive away, at ease, without having to go to the town house to make payment.
Vehicle owners can also pay to the marshal using cash and the marshal using the mobile application will effect the payment and unlock the clamp.
The electronic clamp is a uniquely designed embedded device that can be easily be attached and removed from the vehicle wheel. Some of the features include;
Some of the benefits that are attained by the use of the electronic clamp include monitoring of vehicle immobilization revenue which Increases transparency in parking enforcement activities allowing you to monitor and prevent revenue loss, it provides real-accurate dispatch of towing vehicles.