Qatar and Sweden collaborate on smart road safety solutions
Vision Zero Qatar-Sweden Power Talk discussed improving road safety including intelligent traffic management
Officials from Sweden and Qatar are investigating ways, including intelligent traffic management systems, in which Qatar's road safety can be improved.
The two countries jointly held the Vision Zero Qatar-Sweden Power Talk in Doha on 10-11th May, to discuss how Qatar can learn from Sweden's own efforts to cut the number of road deaths to zero.
Sweden launched its Vision Zero initiative in 1997m and today has one of the lowest fatality rates of at 2.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. In comparison, Qatar has a fatality rate of 8 deaths per 100,000.
The Power Talk event involved public and private sector entities, including the Qatar Ministry of Interior, National Traffic Safety Committee, Hamad Medical Corporation, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Supreme Council of Health, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and Qatar University. In addition, a number of participants from the transport sector in Sweden were present, including, SweRoad, the Swedish Transport Agency, Karolinska University Hospital, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Ericsson, Saab, and Sensys Traffic amongst others.
Ericsson participated in the event to showcase how the Ericsson Intelligent Transport System (ITS) can contribute to safer transportation in Qatar.
"If we can contribute to the development of the transportation sector where roads are safer and people are protected, then why shouldn't we? Now we have the solutions and the technology to create a more secure transport infrastructure in Qatar. Vision Zero is achievable; especially in light of the increase in the number of connected cars; the ICT infrastructure, which enables the Internet of Things; and Ericsson's Connected Traffic Cloud, where cars, roads and traffic authorities will be connected, resulting in safer roads," said Rutger Reman, head of Industry and Society, Ericsson Region Middle East.
Ericsson, provides solutions of intelligent transportation systems (ITS), based on location intelligence and location awareness embedded in the public mobile networks, thus providing efficient and reliable answer to the challenges of modern transportation, such as the efficient management and optimisation of traffic on all levels, safety of all participants in traffic, management of incidental and critical situations, multimodal transport, energy efficiency, environmental protection and appropriate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.