Government, Transport & Logistics, UAE

Dubai RTA turns to tech to make roads safer

The Dubai RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) has recently shared the progress of the Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project.Dubai RTA

According to Mattar Al Tayer director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, the project’s completion rate is now at 65 percent.

The project is aimed at broadening the scope of intelligent traffic systems in support of making Dubai the smartest city in the world. It also reflects Dubai RTA’s efforts to harness smart technologies to ease people mobility in the emirate.

The project will expand the coverage of Dubai’s roads by Intelligent Traffic Systems from the present 11 percent to 60 percent, cut the time of detecting accidents and congestion build-ups on roads, hence ensuring a quick response.

“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,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer noted that the signs will furnish motorists with instant information about road conditions such as congestions, accidents, and traffic safety messages.

“There are two types of signs depending on road classification, number of lanes and traffic volumes. The first type of signs are those installed on roadsides, while the second are large signs that cover entire road lanes. Dubai RTA has finished installing 18 panels and work is underway to complete the remaining panels according to the project schedule,” 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. Information relating to the network condition will be displayed on the DMS across Dubai.

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 & engineers. The design caters to anticipated future expansions of the systems.

The Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project is one of Dubai RTA’s Innovation Lab (RTA Masar 2030) deliverables, endorsed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It entails upgrading and expanding the Intelligent Traffic Systems in Dubai and constructing a new traffic management centre at Al Barsha. Upon completion, the project will ease the management of traffic bottlenecks and accidents, enhance the safety of road users, and ease personal mobility, thanks to the use of sophisticated technologies.

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