The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai announced the completion of connecting all traffic signals in the Emirate with the Traffic Control Center, meanwhile work is up and running in completing the project of shifting the control of traffic signals from the existing hired telephone lines to the 3G technology; enabling remote control of signals via RTA Traffic Control Center.
The step is set to alleviate and enable better management of traffic congestion at junctions as per the changing traffic patterns, and accordingly minimize the delay resulting from the timing and synchronization issues of the traffic signals such that the control is totally shifted from wire to wireless systems in the Emirate.
Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said: “This innovative project will boost the global profile of Dubai, particularly as the system is applied for the first time worldwide. The system has a host of benefits such as its effectiveness, smooth implementation & link with the Control Center, easy maintenance, and the low-cost compared to the previous scenario; where an infrastructure of cables & lines from service providers are required near each signal.”
Commenting on the project progress, Bin Udai said that the RTA, represented by the Traffic and Roads Agency, had finalized the site surveying in order to capture information about the Loop Location, Scoot Loop for the entire number of junctions in Dubai which is 410 junctions.
Touching on the work progress in the project, Bin Udai said: “Till the middle of last January, the RTA completed 75% of works for connecting light signals with the 3G wireless network.
So up to now the RTA controls 330 signalized junctions in Dubai using the 3G technology, and the remaining number of light signals (about 500) will be linked with the Control Center via 3G network by the end of March 2015. Accordingly it will be possible to reduce any traffic congestion at junctions, particularly if there was a need for an additional signal later on.
Thus it will be easy to detect, manage and report defects in a creative manner, and necessary synchronization will be made to ensure the highest rates of efficiency and streamlined operation of light signals control systems in realization of RTA’s vision of providing Safe and Smooth Transport for All.” More info