Announcement heralds key point in Dubai’s transition to a smart systems based transport network
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the completion rate of the Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project in Dubai has reached 65%.
In line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this project will “broaden the scope of intelligent traffic systems in support of making Dubai the smartest city in the world”, according to a statement.
It also reflects RTA’s efforts to harness smart technologies to ease people mobility in Dubai.
The project will expand the coverage of Dubai’s roads by Intelligent Traffic Systems from the present 11% to 60%, cut the time of detecting accidents and congestion build-ups on roads, hence ensuring a quick response.
Al Tayer said: “RTA had started the installation of new Dynamic Messaging Signs (DMS) on main roads to relay instant traffic information about road condition to motorists.
“The project entails the construction of 112 Dynamic Messaging Signs fitted with the latest technologies at selected locations on Dubai’s roads network as well as around mega-event spots, such as Expo 2020.”
“The signs will furnish motorists with instant information about road conditions such as congestions, accidents, and traffic safety messages,” he added.
The Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project comprises of five bundles starting with the installation of the Dynamic Messaging Signs (DMS).
The second covers traffic monitoring and data capturing systems which involves the installation of 116 cameras, 100 incidents detection systems, 114-transit time and speed computing devices, and 17 Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS).
The third bundle covers the infrastructure of civil works for the extension of the fiber optic network for communication between the on-site devices and central systems about 450 km.
The fourth bundle involves upgrading the software for the advanced traffic central system, which contributes to support decision-making, and provides automatic response plans, where the system interfaces with site devices; analyses data and activates appropriate plans.
The fifth bundle entails constructing a new Traffic Control Centre featuring state-of-the-art control rooms fitted with devices such as giant screens as well as user-friendly control systems for operators and engineers.