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Dubai’s RTA announces new project to expand its smart traffic system

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a Dhs590m ($160.6m) project to manage its smart traffic system with the aim of containing bottlenecks and accidents through a control center which will be built in Al Barsha.

“The project will cut the time of detecting accidents and congestions build up and accordingly accelerate the response time,” said RTA director general and chairman Mattar Al Tayer. “It will also provide instant traffic information to the public about roads network via new Variable Messaging Signs and smart apps.”

The first phase of the five-phase project consists of traffic monitoring and data capturing systems through cameras, vehicle detection, Bluetooth devices and weather sensors. Then, the second phase will be initiated with 122 sign boards installed with dynamic messaging on road conditions. The third and fourth phases consist of enhancing the fiber optic and power lines infrastructure and then putting in place an advanced traffic management system. The final phase will be the construction of the control center in Al Barsha South that will feature mega display monitors that are user-friendly control systems for operators and engineers.

This project is in line with Dubai’s vision to become the world best smart city that it is working on achieving through e-services and smart immigration tunnels at the airport.