The Director of Surveys Cesare Mbaria says there is an urgent need to equip and operationalise the new Geospatial Data Centre at the Survey of Kenya (SoK) headquarters in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

Mr Mbaria said there was also need to clean and reorganise survey records. The Director of Surveys said the challenges facing the Department of Surveys include a rapidly changing technology and inadequate working equipment.

Mr Mbaria spoke when he hosted the CEO of an Israel Land and Property System company, Sivani Design Ltd,  Mr Roni Rochsar at Ruaraka. During the visit, Mr Rochsar made a computer-based Cadaster Information presentation also known as Lands and Property System (LPS) to senior Survey of Kenya staff.

He said that the Lands and Property System is a computerised lands record and procedures information system with geographic information system capabilities. “The system enables to maximise tax revenues by managing registration and tax billings,” said Mr Rochsar.

He said that the system assists in tracking document and applicants can get notifications via a text. Mr Rochsar said that his company operates in several African countries which include Nigeria, Zambia and Uganda. “The core business of Sivani Design Survey, mapping and civil engineering. We’ve partnered with international IT companies such as ORACLE, Autodesk, OGC, Microsoft and other firms,” said Mr Rochsar.

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