Dubai: The completion rate of the Intelligent Traffic Systems
Expansion Project of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has
reached 65 per cent.
The announcement was made on Saturday by Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s
director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors.
The project will expand the coverage of Dubai’s roads by Intelligent
Traffic Systems from the present 11 per cent to 60 per cent, reduce the
time taken for detecting accidents and congestion build-ups on roads,
hence ensuring a quick response.
“RTA had started the installation of new Dynamic Messaging Signs
[DMS] on main roads to relay instant traffic information about road
condition to motorists. The project entails the construction of 112
Dynamic Messaging Signs fitted with the latest technologies at selected
locations on Dubai’s roads network as well as around mega-event spots,
such as Expo 2020,” said Al Tayer.
“The signs will furnish motorists with instant information about road
conditions such as congestions, accidents, and traffic safety messages.
There are two types of signs depending on road classification, number
of lanes and traffic volumes.
"The first type of signs are those installed on roadsides, while the
second are large signs that cover entire road lanes. RTA has finished
installing 18 panels and work is underway to complete the remaining
panels according to the project schedule.”
The project comprises of five bundles, starting with the installation
of DMS. The second covers traffic monitoring and data capturing systems
which involves the installation of 116 cameras, 100 incidents detection
systems, 114-transit time and speed computing devices, and 17 Road
Weather Information Systems (RWIS).
The third bundle covers the infrastructure of civil works for the
extension of the fibre optic network for communication between the
on-site devices and central systems about 450km.
The fourth bundle involves upgrading the software for the advanced
traffic central system, which contributes to support decision-making,
and provides automatic response plans, where the system interfaces with
site devices; analyses data and activates appropriate plans.
Information relating to the network condition will be displayed on the DMS across Dubai.
The fifth bundle entails constructing a new Traffic Control Centre
featuring state-of-the-art control rooms fitted with devices such as
giant screens as well as user-friendly control systems for operators
& engineers. The design caters to anticipated future expansions of
The Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project is one of RTA’s Innovation Lab (RTA Masar 2030) deliverables.
It entails upgrading and expanding the Intelligent Traffic Systems in
Dubai 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, RTA said.