How Dubai plans to use tech to make roads safer


Plans to expand the coverage of Dubai’s roads by intelligent traffic systems from the present 11 percent to 60 percent is progressing well, according to the head of the Roads and Transport Authority.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA announced that the completion rate of the Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project has reached 65 percent.

He said the project will broaden the scope of intelligent traffic systems in support of making Dubai the smartest city in the world, adding that it will cut the time of detecting accidents and congestion on roads, ensuring a quick response.

The project entails the construction of 112 messaging signs fitted with the latest technology 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 said.

The Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project comprises of five bundles starting with the installation of the signs. 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.

The third bundle covers the infrastructure of civil works for the 450km extension of the fibre optic network for communication between the on-site devices and central systems.

The fourth bundle involves upgrading the software for the advanced traffic central system while the fifth bundle entails constructing a new Traffic Control Centre.

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