Just recently, the Roads and Transport Authority has disclosed its plan for a Dh590 million-worth project in efforts to expand its smart traffic systems. The project encompasses the upgrade and expansion of the smart traffic systems in Dubai by offering an integrated infrastructure of smart traffic systems in the city, and the construction of an all-new traffic management system. It is reportedly aimed at assisting in the management of traffic accidents and bottlenecks, improvement of safety for road users and the ease of personal mobility. According to Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, this project is one of the core deliverables of RTA's Innovation Lab, Masar 2030, which was endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He noted that it entails the design and construction of an integrated infrastructure for Dubai smart traffic systems and the construction of a new Traffic Control Centre at Al Barsha. Al Tayer added that it envisions the increase of the smart system coverage of Dubai roads network from the percent 11 percent to 60 percent. Moreover, the project will reportedly reduce the time of detecting accidents and congestion build up and, consequently, speed up response times. It will also reportedly give instant traffic information to the public regarding road networks through new Variable Messaging Signs and smart apps. "It will further step up the management of traffic movement at major events, such as Expo 2020." The preliminary phase will be divided into five key bundles due to the vast nature and technical complexity of the project. The first bundle covers data capturing and traffic monitoring systems, such as vehicle detection devices, cameras, weather sensors and Bluetooth devices. Meanwhile, the second bundle relates to information signs, also known as dynamic messages, which entails the installation of 112 boards giving instant information to motorists regarding road conditions. The third bundle encompasses building infrastructure such as fiber optic lines, electricity distribution networks, and civil works. Involved in the scope of these works is the extension of lines which span over 400 km. The fourth bundle covers the advanced central traffic system, which supports decision-making, provides an automatic response, and allows the integration with devices at sites as well as other operation systems and traffic centers. The initial stage of the project will expand the coverage of smart traffic systems to 60 percent of Dubai road networks. Ultimately, the fifth bundle covers the construction of a Traffic Control Center in Al Barsha South to serve the estimated increase in the current and upcoming smart traffic systems. The building will be based in the middle of Dubai in order to keep pace with the projected expansion of its smart traffic systems.
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