RTA announces new five year digital plan

Roads & Transport Authority to develop smart transport, infrastructure and other initiatives

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RTA announces new five year digital plan HE Mattar Al Tayer, director general of the RTA (centre) announced the five-year plan in a press conference today.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 27, 2017

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority has announced the launch of a new five-year digital plan, to build on its work in smart transformation.

The Digital Strategy, for 2017-2021, was announced to continue the RTA's smart programs for transport.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) commented: "The launch of this strategy is part of the global future trends that show the world is bracing for a fourth industrial revolution focused on artificial intelligence and robots. The strategy is undertaken in implementation of the directives of the UAE government for shaping the future and realizing the national agenda, X10 initiative and RTA's excellence drive."

The new digital strategy will operate across three themes - innovation, sustainability and people - with six main pillars of people's happiness, operational efficiency, asset sustainability, services delivery, information centricity and innovation pioneering.

Abdullah Al Bastaki, director of Technology Strategy & Governance, added: "Benchmarks were conducted with leading global entities operating in roads and transport sector to review the key and the latest technologies to identify areas of benefits. The strategy's mission is render the RTA a world's leader in implementation of digital technologies in roads and transport. The strategy has 3 key themes: innovation, sustainability and people, where 6 strategic pillars namely: people's happiness, operational efficiency, asset sustainability, services delivery, information centricity and innovation pioneering."

The program will build on the RTA's existing smart achievements and includes current projects that are underway such as automated vehicles; roadside smart screens for information and e-commerce; automation of new driver testing; HGV driver safety monitoring; extending the capabilities of the nol card and smart LED street lighting.

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