Traffic system reduces travel time on roads by 20%
Dubai’s ‘Intelligent Traffic System’ (ITS) has reduced travel time on major highways and roads by around 20%. The project improved incident monitoring by 63% and helped reduce emergency response time by 30%.
According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), these were made possible by dynamic overhead signage on the roads and linking the authority’s corporate command and control center to the command and control center. Dubai police control.
Mattar Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of the RTA, said the initial phase of the ITS project has expanded the coverage of Dubai’s main road network from 11 to 60 percent. The RTA is now preparing for the second phase of the project over the next few months, which will cover all major roads in the emirate. The total length of roads covered by ITS in Dubai will increase from 480 km to 710 km.
The initial phase saw the upgrade and installation of 112 dynamic message signs that provide motorists with real-time information on road conditions such as traffic jams and incidents. They also convey key messages, tips and advice on road safety and event management to improve the efficiency of traffic management. The signs are located at selected locations along Dubai’s roads as well as at sites leading to mega events. For example, 623 messages were posted on billboards around Expo 2020 Dubai.
The first phase also included the installation of traffic monitoring and data capture systems, including the installation of 116 traffic cameras. This brings the total number of surveillance cameras to 235. About 100 incident detection and vehicle counting devices have been installed, bringing the total number to 235. About 115 transit time calculation devices and of speed were installed, as well as 17 road weather information systems (RWIS).
“Extending ITS coverage is a key element in supporting the government’s drive to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city, which involves the use of smart technology and software to facilitate mobility,” said AlTayer.
The Dubai ITS Center is one of the largest and most sophisticated traffic control centers in the world. It manages the movement of traffic in the emirate using the latest applications of artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things and communication systems. “It has a host of traffic monitoring devices, information capture gadgets and other smart services. Using ITS, the center manages current and future road networks throughout Dubai,” added Al Tayer .
The center’s advanced iTraffic system, which is linked to field devices, operates under an integrated technology platform to collect and analyze big data. It also supports instant decisions to manage traffic movements, incidents and mega-events.
The work completed also included the construction of a 660 km long fiber optic network for communication between on-site devices and central systems. The total length of the fiber optic network is now 820 km.
The project also included upgrading the Advanced Central Traffic System software which supports decision making and provides an automatic response line. The central system integrates with field devices, analyzes the received data and activates the appropriate plans.
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