SOURCE : THE NATIONAL
Dubai - Aug 03: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to install 35 fixed and mobile cameras at light signal-controlled junctions and highways. Accordingly the total number of surveillance cameras installed on roads and tunnels hits 232 cameras.
RTA Chairman Mattar Al Tayer said that widening the use of surveillance cameras originated from the First Strategic goal of the RTA which sought to ensure smooth mobility to all users of roads and land and marine mass transit system. Therefore RTA was keen to install these cameras at light signal-controlled junctions and key roads to streamline traffic in the emirate.
"The Project covers buying 35 new surveillance cameras including 30 fixed cameras and 5 mobile cameras to be installed on highways and junctions," he said.
By awarding this contract, the number of surveillance cameras installed rises to 232 cameras, 12 of them in Al Shindaga Tunnel, 111 in the Airport Tunnel, and 109 on highways and light signal-controlled junctions. These cameras are linked with the Control Centre through optic fibers and microwaves technology.
Mobile cameras are characterised by their live transmission of events live and ability to move in all directions horizontally and vertically. Moreover, the camera can be shifted and installed in another location in a short time not exceeding three days. Cameras can be used in monitoring the undergoing road works, temporary traffic diversions, entry and exit points of key roads, and other areas of concern.
"The Project will boost the efficiency of the smart traffic systems in a way compatible with the massive expansion of traffic volumes and road planning. The number of junctions under the scope of control and surveillance will rise from 110 to 150 junctions, and the total length of key roads covered will jump from 33 km to 108 km -- covering additional 75 km of roads," he revealed.
He further added that the Traffic Signal Control Center at Bani Yas, which was expanded and renovated by the RTA last year, included offices of the Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) as well as an advanced Control Room fitted with giant screens to monitor traffic through surveillance cameras installed at key intersections and roads.