The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has widened the scope of the Smart Pedestrian Signals Project in Dubai to cover 15 new locations after a successful trial on Al Sa’ada Street.The project is part of RTA’s efforts to realise the objectives of the Smart City initiative.The Smart Pedestrian Signals technology helps ensure more efficient pedestrian and traffic flows.According to Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai, Smart Pedestrian Signals had been installed in several hot-spots of Dubai including Al Muraqqabat, Al Rigga, Al Mankhool, Baniyas, 2nd of December Street, and Al Maktoum and Shaikh Khalifa Streets. They were also introduced at Al Barsha and City Walk districts. The initiative is part of RTA’s plans in support of the Smart City initiative of Dubai Government.
The Smart Pedestrian Signals technology is run by a system based on sensors connected to a ground optical system synchronised with the signal’s light operation. It perceives the pedestrian movement on the pavement (before crossing the street) and on the pedestrian crossing (while crossing) and automatically readjusts the remaining time based on the inputs. Thus, it allows a safe crossing for the largest possible number of pedestrians in a smooth manner without impacting the movement of vehicles, thus achieving the highest service levels. Maitha says that the system is bound to raise the safety of pedestrians who need a longer time than the average crossing time such as seniors, people of determination, and people with luggage or strollers. It will also improve the vehicle flow as a result of eliminating the pedestrian mode in case no pedestrians are detected on the pavement which offers additional time to motorists.