Dubai RTA expands smart pedestrian signals installations
The implementation of the project forms part of RTA’s Smart City initiatives.
RTA Traffic and Roads Agency CEO Maitha bin Adai 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 is operated by a sensor-based solution connected to a ground optical system that is synchronised with the signal’s light operation.
The overall system can perceive pedestrian movement on the pavement, as well as crossing and accordingly adjusts the remaining road crossing time based on the inputs.
These smart pedestrian signals enable a safe and smooth crossing for the pedestrians without impacting traffic movement.
Adai added that the system is bound to raise the safety of pedestrians such as seniors, people of determination, and people with luggage or strollers, who need a time longer than the average crossing time.
“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.”