DUBAI, 23rd October, 2022 (WAM) — Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chief Executive Officer of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed that the initial phase of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (IR) expansion project which was completed in November 2020 and had its coverage of the major road network increased by dubai from 11 percent to 60 percent.
he added that in the coming months rta is preparing for the second phase of the project, which will cover the entire main roads of the emirate. the total length of roads in dubai covered by the its will increase from 480 km to 710 km.
“The expansion of coverage is a key element in supporting the government’s efforts to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city, which involves the use of smart technologies and software to facilitate mobility in Dubai. The project improved incident monitoring by 63 percent, reduced emergency response time by 30 percent, and reduced travel time by 20 percent. such improvements are due to the use of dynamic road signs, integration with rta’s corporate command and control center and connection with the dubai police command and control center,” explained al tayer.
“Several achievements were made in the first phase of the project, which were highlighted by the construction of the center of Dubai. This facility is one of the largest and most advanced traffic control centers in the world in terms of using intelligent technology, managing traffic systems and supporting both current and future modes of transportation. This project is a vibrant technology hub for controlling traffic movements in the emirate using the latest applications of artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things and communication systems. It has a whole range of traffic monitoring devices, information collection devices and other intelligent services. The center thus manages current and future road networks throughout Dubai.
The center’s advanced (itraffic) system, connected to field devices, operates under an integrated technology platform to collect and analyze large amounts of data. It also supports instant decisions to manage traffic movements, incidents and mega-events.
In the initial phase, 112 dynamic signs were also upgraded and installed, providing motorists with real-time information about road conditions such as traffic jams and incidents.
They also transmit messages, guidance and important tips on road safety and event management to improve traffic management efficiency. the signs are located at selected locations along the streets of dubai and near the sites of mega events. For example, 623 messages were displayed on signs around Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The first phase also included the installation of traffic monitoring and data collection systems, including the installation of 116 traffic cameras, bringing the total number of surveillance cameras installed to 235 cameras. 100 event detection and vehicle counting devices were installed, bringing the total to 235 devices. 115 transit time and speed calculators were installed along with 17 road weather information systems (rwis). The completed works also included the construction of a 660 km fiber optic network for communication between on-site equipment and central systems, bringing the total fiber optic network length to 820 km.
The project also included upgrading the software of the advanced central transportation system that supports decision making and provides automated response guidance.
The central system integrates with field devices, analyzes the data received and activates appropriate plans.