Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a smart storage system within the Al Rashidiya metro station’s and Jebel Ali and Al Awir bus stations’ depots to stock spare parts for its Dubai Metro and bus network assets.
The smart system is expected to result in storage space savings of 85%, as well as cut down the delivery time of items, thereby eliminating time spent locating stored items and improving stock accuracy.
RTA's smart storage system is an automated closed system comprised of dispensing cabinets containing vertically cascaded trays to offer storage space for various spare parts, according to size and daily maintenance requirements.
It uses Optiflex supply chain technology, which allows for the scanning of each package and verifying its ideal storage space within the system to ensure space optimisation.
Commenting on the system, director of contracts and procurement at RTA’s corporate administrative services sector, Saeed Al Marri, said: “Such efforts are part of the drive to rank Dubai as the smartest city in the world.
“The smart storage systems are characterised by secure operation within dedicated cabinets, which ensures quick supply of spare parts when needed.
"The system has been integrated with the main Maximo storage system of Dubai’s metro and public transport agencies. It is also linked online to allow smart storage systems to monitor the issuance of parts and set replenishment timelines to ensure stock availability and smooth and quick supply of metro spare parts,” he added, according to Dubai Media Office.