RTA, Dubai Municipality ink geospatial infrastructure agreement

RTA and DM will exchange experiences, information, and resources to develop a comprehensive, updated base map of Dubai

RTA, Dubai Municipality ink geospatial infrastructure agreement
RTA, Dubai Municipality ink geospatial infrastructure agreement

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality have inked a service level agreement to provide enhanced cooperation in the geospatial infrastructure of Dubai.

The agreement is part of efforts to speed up cooperation between government departments to realise Dubai Plan 2021, which envisions an integrated development model that spans all aspects, especially infrastructure, roads, and public transport fields.

The agreement calls for exchanging experiences, information and resources to develop a comprehensive, unified and updated base map for Dubai. Such a map will serve as an effective tool for planning, designing, and managing development projects.

Under the agreement, each party will identify the type of services to be provided to the other, the level and conditions of the service and the respective responsibilities of each, as described in the terms of the agreement.

The range of services includes providing and exchanging maps and geographic data, integrating geospatial systems, developing smart applications, providing technical support and advisory services, enabling capacity-building, and establishing electronic connectivity.

The director of Information Technology at the RTA’s Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, Mohammed Ali Al Awadhi; and the Dubai Municipality’s Director of the GIS Centre, Mariam Obaid Al Muhairi, signed the agreement.

Al Awadhi said: “We are excited to sign this agreement, which consolidates our efforts in a variety of fields including the provision of geospatial infrastructure services capable of bringing happiness to Dubai’s citizens, residents, tourists and visitors.

“The agreement paves the way for an integrated corporate effort to step-up cooperation without overlapping of the respective roles and responsibilities. It will translate into better services, and bigger roles in serving the public interest.”

Al Muhairi said: “Geospatial data and maps are crucial for decision making and achieving business related to urban planning, infrastructure, roads, transportation, quality of life, security, and health. Overall, it contributes to offering smart services, enhancing economic growth, envisioning the future, besides boosting the international competitiveness and leadership.”

According to its establishing Law (6) for the year 2001, the Geographic Information Systems Centre at Dubai Municipality is a single official source for basic and detailed geographic data and information, including urban planning, building legislation, addressing, road network, services, the 3D digital model, and aerial photos.

The centre aims to provide a Digital Twin for Dubai – a digital replica of Dubai in the form of 2D and 3D maps of all assets, landmarks, and facilities ranging from masterplans to interior details of buildings. It also covers other landmarks such as roads, trees, bridges, green spaces and utility lines, as well as details of residential units.

This digital version provides information necessary for planning and managing the city and supports the effective delivery of smart services, especially when enhanced with the Internet of Things and linked with real-time information.

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