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Dubai RTA connects traffic signals with 3G

Authority switching remote control of traffic systems from wired to wireless

Dubai RTA connects traffic signals with 3G
The RTA has connected all signals to its control centre, and is now switching to GSM connectivity for more flexibility.

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority has completed work in connecting traffic signals with its control centre, and is proceeding with its project to connect all signals using 3G technology, the authority has announced.

All traffic signals in Dubai are now connected to the RTA's Traffic Control Center, which will provide better management of road junctions and reduce congestion.

The RTA is also shifting control of the traffic signals from wired telephone lines to 3G wireless technology.

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 and link with the Control Center, easy maintenance, and the low-cost compared to the previous scenario; where an infrastructure of cables and 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 finalised 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 signalised 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 synchronisation 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."

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