RTA approves $161mn smart traffic systems project

The project will be split into five bundles just for the initial stage

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has approved a $161 million project to kick-start the upgradation and expansion of the smart traffic systems in Dubai.

The statement from RTA mentioned that the project is undertaken under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to broaden the scope of smart traffic systems to help rank Dubai as the smartest city in the world and implement smart technologies and programmes to ease the mobility in Dubai.

Matter Al Tayer, the director general at RTA said: “This project is one of the key deliverables of RTA’s Innovation Lab (Masar 2030) endorsed by Sheikh Mohammed. It encompasses the design and construction of an integrated infrastructure for Dubai smart traffic systems and the construction of a new Traffic Control Centre at Al Barsha.”

“It envisages lifting the smart system coverage of Dubai roads network from the present 11 to 60%.”

He also mentioned that the project will be working towards reducing detection time for accidents and congestions and increase response time. Another element of the project is that instant traffic information will be provided to the public about road network via Variable Messaging Signs and smart apps.

“The Project will also step up the management of traffic movement at major events, such as Expo 2020,” Al Tayer added.

The project will be split into five key bundles for its initial stage due to the massive nature and technical sophistication of the project. Phase one will cover the expansion of smart traffic systems to 60% of Dubai roads network and the scope of work includes provision of an integrated infrastructure for smart traffic systems in Dubai and the construction of a new traffic management system.

It will facilitate the management of traffic bottlenecks and accidents, enhance the safety of road users, and ease personal mobility, RTA added.

“Of the five bundles, the first covers traffic monitoring and data capturing systems such as cameras, vehicle detection devices as well as Bluetooth devices and weather sensors. The second bundle relates to information signs (dynamic messages), which involves the installation of 112 sign boards providing instant information to drivers about the road condition,” he explained.

While the third bundle will be about constructing infrastructure such as civil works, fibre optic, and electricity distribution network, and extension of lines spanning over 400km, the fourth bundle covers advanced central traffic systems. The system supports decision taking, ensures an automatic response, and enables the integration with devices at site as well as other traffic centres and operations systems.

“The fifth bundle covers the construction of a Traffic Control Centre at Al Barsha South to accommodate the projected increase in the current and future smart traffic systems. The building will be located in the middle of the Emirate to keep pace with the planned expansion of the Smart Traffic Systems in Dubai,” concluded Al Tayer.


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