RTA deploys more smart parking for Dubai

Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority adds over 3,000 smart parking spaces

The RTA has deployed system to manage 3,035 smart parking slots
The RTA has deployed system to manage 3,035 smart parking slots

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has deployed a new smart parking system to help motorists find parking spaces.

The system, which has been deployed in the Al Rigga area and around Dubai World Trade Centre, will guide drivers to vacant parking spots using an app and on street electronic signage.

The RTA has deployed around 2030 ground sensors and 70 overhead digital cameras have been installed together with a central control system covering 3035 parking slots. The system provides instant information about vacant parking spaces in covered zones.

“The digitalization of RTA’s various services and systems is in line with Dubai Government’s transformation from an eGovernment to a Smart Government,” said Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.

“The system involves sophisticated technologies like ground sensors and digital cameras to monitor the usage of parking through detecting vacant slots and instantly transmitting information to the central system for display onto the information signs and the smart app,” explained Bin Adai.

“The new service provides real-time and accurate information about the number and location of vacant parking slots in covered zones. Thus, it makes it easy for users and saves them the hassles of finding parking slots, as it saves 20-30% of the time spent in searching for a parking in conventional parking areas. The smart parking system reduces traffic accidents and congestions and saves about 8 minutes in the search for parking. It also improves the quality of air by curbing the carbon emissions of vehicles searching for parking space to the tune of 239 tons of carbon dioxide per annum.

“The smart parking system project aims at realising the strategic goals of RTA and Dubai Smart Government and bringing happiness to people. It will enhance the efficiency of RTA operations through analyzing data received from the central smart parking control system and making use of it to improve the monitoring and inspection services as well as future expansion plans,” added Bin Adai.

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