300 junctions linked to central traffic control system

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has announced the completion of linking 300 signalised junctions with the Central Light Traffic Control System; which represents about 75 per cent of light signals in Dubai.

He stated that work was progressing in linking the remaining 100 junctions to the control system such that all signalised junctions would fully linked to the system by the first half of this year.

Al Tayer made this statement during a tour he made to the Traffic Systems Control Center at Bani Yas in the presence of the CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency engineer Maitha Mohammed bin Udai, Director of Intelligent Traffic Systems Mohammed Al Awadi, and several managers and engineers of Traffic & Roads Agency.

During his tour of the Traffic Systems Control Center at Bani Yas, Al Tayer reviewed the modern technologies introduced to the Center including the control of various intelligent traffic systems such as the Virtual Messaging Signs; which comprises 24 advanced electronic signs designed to the highest specifications and fitted with sophisticated technologies covering several roads namely Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khaleej Road, Emirates Road, Sheikh Rashid Road, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Al Ittihad Road, Al Mina Road, Bani Yas Road, Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridges, Al Shindagh a road.

The system computes the volume of traffic congestion on main and express roads, and detects the abnormal traffic flow.

The system calculates trip timing on these roads following the analysis of inputs received from onsite devices.

The system also comprises lane control signs covering all main roads which alert motorists on the road condition well in advance, particularly at junctions and highways. In case of an abrupt congestion, the motorist will be rerouted to alternative roads to avoid congestion.

Al Tayer was also briefed on the latest developments of the Dynamic Navigation System (Dalili); an enhanced version of which was launched by the RTA in mid of October last year.

Dalili offers users real time information about congestions, accidents and traffic diversions with a view to easing the mobility of motorists to their destinations.

The system is fed by data gathered from about 8,000 taxicabs roaming across Dubai in addition to the Intelligent Traffic Systems spread all over the emirate.

The system is based on the GPS technology, offering live and dynamic information about the traffic movements on all roads.

Explaining the advanced version of Dalili, the Director of Intelligent Traffic Systems Mohammed Al Awadi, said: "It comprises a modern map spanning the UAE and has about 50,000 landmarks, tens of 3D models of famous UAE landmarks, and real time traffic information such as bottlenecks, accidents and traffic diversions. Unlike other navigation systems, Dalili computes the optimal route based on the road length, but taking into consideration the prevailing traffic conditions of roads involved."

The number of surveillance cameras has jumped from 187 to 232 cameras, following the installation of 45 new cameras.

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