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Dubai: RTA completes Phase 1 of smart parking project

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed the initial phase of the smart parking project covering controlled parking at Al Rigga and the World Trade Centre areas at the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The project comes as part of RTA’s efforts to provide smart services to residents and visitors of Dubai in implementation of the directives of Dubai Government and the Smart City initiative at the highest techniques and standards of the industry.

The project aims to offer a new service whereby information is provided about the number of vacant parking slots in public car parks using RTA app, said the body in a statement.

The information will also be displayed in Arabic and English on e-signs on streets, which contributes to realising RTA’s third Strategic Goal (People Happiness), it stated.

Mohammad Al Shareef, the director of Intelligent Traffic Systems at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The RTA has completed the link of the central system with the basic components of the project (e-signs, ground and overhead sensors) in public parking in Dubai as well as multi-level parking terminals and Dubai Mall car parking. Thus, motorists can use RTA app to identify vacant parking slots in a smooth and smart manner.”

On the project progress, Shareef said: “Phase 1 of the link has been completed as per the planned timeline. The RTA has fully completed the project works at Al Rigga following the installation of about 2,000 ground sensors.

“Work progress has reached 84% in the area of the World Trade Centre on the Sheikh Zayed Road, involving the installation of 59 overhead cameras followed by the installation of electronic smart directional signs. The project is set for full completion by the end of April 2017.”

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