x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Green for go: new Dh75m smart traffic system in Abu Dhabi

The Department of Transport has installed a Dh75 million traffic-control system in Mohammed bin Zayed City aimed to reduce congestion, boost safety at junctions and cut fuel use and emissions.

The Department of Transport has installed a Dh75 million traffic-control system in Mohammed bin Zayed City.

The system is running at seven of the city's 34 junctions after a pilot project that included setting up smart, integrated traffic and pedestrian signals, and video surveillance.

The department introduced the system in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Municipality, police and the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company. It is expected to cover all junctions by the fourth quarter of next year.

It will reduce congestion, boost safety at junctions and cut fuel use and emissions.

Surveillance information allows it to adapt to different traffic conditions. It is linked to a traffic-control centre in Abu Dhabi, and will be connected to a satellite centre in Mohammed bin Zayed City.

There are plans to introduce the system in other areas, including the Western Region, said Faisal Al Suwaidi, the department's director general of main roads.

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