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RTA awards phase two contract for ITS

The expansion project of Intelligent Traffic System will cover all Dubai roads in five years. (CHANDRA BALAN)

The contract for phase two of the Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) has been awarded to a specialised consultant by the Roads and Transport Authority.

The consultant will design and supervise implementation of the project on key roads, which were identified in phase one.

It will also prepare a five-year plan to apply ITS to all roads in the emirate as part of the RTA's strategic plan to develop integrated solution of roads systems to keep abreast of the sweeping development plans in Dubai.

Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the RTA's Traffic and Roads Agency, reported that the project had been awarded to a consultant who would oversee the project from the stage of research and planning until it is finally applied across the emirate.

"The study and planning phase encompasses using sophisticated technology to keep pace with the growth rates, massive property development and increasing population requirements," said Maitha.

"The ITS expansion project will cover all roads in the emirate over the next five years, and involves enhancing the performance of the ITS to the highest technological standards.

"The RTA will save no effort to track down and provide the latest traffic systems to boost traffic flow and upgrade the network.

Salah Al Marzooqi, director of the agency's ITS Department, said the second phase would see the introduction of sophisticated systems to detect traffic accidents and congestion using electronic devices, smart cameras and trip-time calculation systems.

New channels would be established for communicating traffic information to the public by electronic means such as e-mail and SMS.

"The first phase of the ITS, which focused on streamlining and managing traffic flow, included building a modern traffic control centre fitted with giant screens to monitor traffic at key junctions and crossings. Through these systems we are able to control over 300 intersections," said Marzooqi.