Smart Pedestrian Signals Project in Dubai to cover 15 new locations.
After a successful trial, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said that it will be expanding its Smart Pedestrian Signals Project in the city to 15 new locations. The initial phase of the project saw smart signals installed on the pedestrian crossing on Al Saadah Street.
Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency said, “Smart Pedestrian Signals had been installed in several hotspots of Dubai including Al Muraqqabat, Al Rigga, Al Mankhoul, Baniyas, 2nd of December Street, Al Maktoum and Sheikh Khalifa Streets. They were also introduced at Al Barsha and City Walk districts. The initiative is part of RTA’s plans in support of the Smart City initiative of Dubai Government.”
The Smart Pedestrian Signals technology works through sensors connected to an optical system on the ground that is connected to the street signal. It can calculate pedestrian movement and check if it need more time before changing the signal. This should allow pedestrians to move in a smooth manner without having to hurry up every time it crosses a signal.
“The system is bound to raise the safety of pedestrians who need a time longer than the average crossing time such as seniors, people of determination, and people with luggage or strollers. It will also improve the vehicular flow as a result of eliminating the pedestrian mode in case no pedestrians are detected on the pavement; which offers additional time to motorists,” added Maitha.