Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled plans for a AED 590m ($160mn) expansion of its smart traffic management system.
The project encompasses the design and construction of integrated infrastructure for Dubai smart traffic systems and the construction of a new traffic control centre at Al Barsha.
One of the key deliverables of RTA’s Innovation Lab (Masar 2030), endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the project will lift smart system coverage of Dubai roads network from the present 11% to 60%.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors at RTA, said: “The Project will also cut the time of detecting accidents and congestions build up and accordingly accelerate the response time. It will also provide instant traffic information to the public about roads network via new Variable Messaging Signs and smart apps. The Project will also step up the management of traffic movement at major events, such as Expo 2020.”
Due to the massive nature and technical sophistication of the project, the initial stage will be split into five key bundles. The first covers traffic monitoring & 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.
The third bundle involves constructing the infrastructure such as civil works, fiber optic lines, and electricity distribution network. The scope of these works involves the extension of lines spanning over 400 km.
The fourth bundle covers the advanced central traffic system. The system supports decision making, 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 Center 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.