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How little Al Ain has big transport ideas

Emirate to invest $31m in intelligent transport infrastructure project in bid to beat rush hour congestion

How little Al Ain has big transport ideas

A AED114 million ($31 million) intelligent transport infrastructure project is set to revolutionise traffic management in Al Ain.The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in Abu Dhabi has announced that it has started the implementation of the project which will take two years, followed by three years for maintenance and operation work.The project includes the development of 125km long fiber optics infrastructure and building 100km of tracks for ground cables including all intersections and vital roads in Al Ain.“The implementation of this project comes in part of the Government’s continuous efforts to employ modern technologies and improve the intelligent transport system,” said Mohammed Darwish Al Qamzi, general manager of ITC.Al Qamzi said the project will also update the central traffic control system network using servers with large storage capacities and linking them to all the 79 intersections and to the 24 new intersections that Al Ain Municipality is building."This will help in fulfilling the increasing demands because of the economic and population growth and the increased number of vehicles in the city," said Al Qamzi.Additionally, 2,000 electronic sensors will be implemented in order to identify the traffic density while other smart applications will include a traffic video surveillance system and five traffic count system stations.Salah Al Marzouqi, director of Integrated Intelligent Transport Systems, said the project will help to reduce the number of accidents and congestion during rush hour.

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