Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA
) has announced that 23 per cent of the work on the expansion of its Smart Traffic Systems Project has been completed including the building of the new control centre at Al Barsha region of Dubai.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA
, said the project has been undertaken to broaden the scope of the smart traffic systems to ensure the ranking of Dubai as the smartest city worldwide.
The new control centre is intended to expand the coverage of Dubai roads by the smart systems network from the present 11 per cent to 60 per cent, and cut the time of detecting accidents and congestion on roads and ensure a quick response, stated Al Tayer after a recent tour of the project site.
It will also provide instant traffic information to the public about roads condition via new Variable Messaging Signs and smart apps, and enhance the efficient management of traffic movement during major events, such as Expo 2020, he explained.
Al Tayer was later briefed about the progress of building the new control centre which comprises four divisions: traffic control centre, two wings for support offices and the reception lounge connecting the four divisions. It also has an attached utility building for electricity and air-conditioning units.
The progress rate at the centre’s building was clocked at 26 per cent as the building structure has now been fully completed and work started in the cladding and electromechanical works, said a statement from RTA
He also inspected the progress of work in the five main areas of the project. The first covers traffic monitoring and data capturing systems. It involves the installation of 116 cameras, 100 radar vehicle detection systems, 114 bluetooth devices, and 17 road weather information systems.
The second relates to information signs (dynamic messages) which involve the installation of 112 signs providing instant information to drivers about the road condition.
The third involves constructing the infrastructure of civil works such as fibre optic lines, and electricity distribution network. This involves the extension works spanning about 400 kilometres.
The fourth covers the advanced central traffic system. The system supports decision-taking, ensures an automatic response, and enables the integration with devices at the site as well as other traffic centres and operations.
The fifth part covers constructing the building of the Traffic Control Centre featuring a state-of-the-art design of control rooms fitted with devices such as giant screens as well as user-friendly and efficient control systems for use by operators and engineers.
Al Tayer said the project was part of the deliverable of the Innovation Lab (RTA Route 2030) and entails upgrading and expanding the smart traffic systems in Dubai by providing an integrated infrastructure of smart traffic systems in the emirate 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," he added.
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