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Dubai RTA initiates phase II of intelligent traffic systems project

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Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the second phase of its Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) Improvement and Expansion Project. This phase aims to increase the coverage of Dubai's main road network from 60% to 100% by 2026, extending the network from 480km to 710km.

In the initial phase, 116 traffic surveillance cameras were installed, bringing the total to 311 cameras, 227 incident monitoring devices, 112 Variable Message Signs (VMS) and 115 travel time and speed measurement devices were installed. Additionally, 17 weather sensor stations, 660km of electric power lines and an 820km fibre optic network were established.

The Dubai ITS Centre at Al Barsha employs AI, big data and IoT technologies to manage traffic. The centre’s advanced "iTraffic" system uses AI and data analysis for decision-making.

RTA plans to adopt Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and benchmark against leading cities in transport technology.

"The project has improved incident monitoring by 63% and reduced response times by 20% through Variable Message Signs (VMS). These results were facilitated by using VMS, enhanced linkage and integration with the Enterprise Command and Control Centre and the Dubai Police General HQ," said Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA

"This expansion will enhance road network management and traffic flow through better monitoring, faster response times to incidents, and providing instant information to the public about the condition of the road network via new Variable Message Signs (VMS) and smart applications to help distribute traffic effectively. The project enhances personal mobility by integrating modern and advanced technologies and self-driving transport solutions thanks to providing a comprehensive ITS infrastructure designed to meet current and future needs," added Al Tayer.

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