An advanced automated process using artificial intelligence has piloted a new digital base map of Lusaka, Zambia.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic further highlights the need for a better understanding of the city’s informal settlements, Zambia’s Ministry of Local Government is undertaking efforts to promote prosperous and inclusive urban settlements, and ensure Zambia’s towns and cities are resilient to support economic growth. Ordnance Survey (OS), the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) are responding to urban growth, and the availability of accurate and up-to-date data for creating well-planned and managed cities.

Using aerial imagery provided by the Zambia Survey Department in the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ordnance Survey (OS) has utilised its advanced automated process to generate a new base map using artificial intelligence across 420km2 of Lusaka.

OS mapping data will help identify informal settlements, population and density, the number of built structures, the location of transport infrastructure surrounding the formal and informal neighbourhoods, as well as access to electricity, sanitation facilities and clean water.

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Source: Ministry of Lands, Zambia