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Abu Dhabi ITC initiates $31m transport infra programme in Al Ain

Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Center has commenced Phase 1 of its $31m Intelligent Transport Infrastructure programme in Al Ain

Al Ain’s $31m Intelligent Transport Infrastructure programme will take five years to complete [representational image].
Al Ain’s $31m Intelligent Transport Infrastructure programme will take five years to complete [representational image].

Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Center (ITC) has commenced Phase 1 of its $31m (AED114m) Intelligent Transport Infrastructure programme in Al Ain.

The five-year initiative will involve the supply, installation, operation, and maintenance of various infrastructure projects, including the development of a 125km-long fibre-optic network, and 100km of ground-cable tracks for Al Ain’s roads and intersections.

Phase 1 of the programme will see the implementation of fibre-optic infrastructure and the intelligent transport system, and is expected to take two years to complete.

Management optimisation will take place over a period of three years as part of Phase 2. Under the supervision of the appointed implementation contractor, these activities have been designed to maximise the efficiency and sustainability of the system’s operations and maintenance (O&M).

Commenting on the initiative, Mohammed Darwish Al Qamzi, general manager of ITC, said: “The integrated intelligent transport system strategy aims to utilise resources [by] setting policies and technical standards.

“In consequence, all transport projects will be implemented according to the Surface Transport Master Plan in Al Ain, and to fulfil the needs of the city shaped by the increased population and number of vehicles,” he added.

As part of the programme, Al Ain’s Central Traffic Control System Network will be updated through the integration of central servers with large storage capacities. These servers will be linked to field-control devices on all 79 of the city’s existing intersections, and the 24 new intersections that Al Ain Municipality is building.

In addition, 2,000 electronic sensors will be implemented in a bid to more effectively determine traffic density and improve management efficiency.

A traffic video surveillance system for main roads and intersections will also be developed. The system will comprise 50 digital cameras and 13 variable message signs, as well as five traffic count devices stations and 14 high-vehicle stations.

Eng Salah Al Marzouqi, ITC’s director of integrated intelligent transport systems, said that the programme and its systems would not only improve traffic management in Al Ain, but also serve to reduce the number of accidents and congestion during peak times.

All Intelligent Transport Infrastructure systems will be connected by the fibre-optic communications network, which will link to Al Ain’s Traffic Management Center (TMC).

“A specialised team at the centre monitors the traffic movement and smart systems day and night, and coordinates with other concerned parties in Al Ain City, like the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters and the municipality,” Al Marzouqi explained.

“This cooperation helps in the dissemination of traffic and transport information, events management, and any other incidents that effect the traffic, [helping to improve] the response time to incidents.”

Al Ain’s TMC was completed by Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) in 2016.

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