First phase of smart parking scheme goes live in Dubai

First phase of smart parking scheme goes live in Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has launched the initial phase of a Smart Parking Project covering controlled parking at Al-Rigga and the World Trade Center areas.

The project has been implemented by Energy International Corporation using smart parking sensors from Nedap and provides new a service whereby information about the number of available parking spaces in on-street and off-street public parking areas is provided using dynamic message signs and the RTA smart phone app.

Nedap’s SENSIT system consists of smart parking sensors which detect the vehicle occupancy status and duration of parking events at individual parking spaces. These smart parking sensors use dual-detection technology, combined magnetic and infrared, to ensure the most accurate vehicle detection measuring.

This real time occupancy information of sub-zones in Rigga area is displayed in the RTA app. It also allows payment of parking fees without the additional charge for SMS. Besides using the real-time occupancy information in the RTA app, the number of available parking spaces are also displayed in Arabic and English on dynamic message signs on the streets.

Engr. Maitha Mohammed Bin Adai, cep of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency says, “The RTA has completed the link of the central system with the basic components of the project in public parking in Dubai as well as multi-level parking terminals and Dubai Mall car parking. Phase I of the link has been completed according to the planned timeline. The RTA has fully completed the project works at Al Rigga following the installation of about 2000 smart parking sensors. The project is tailored to the needs of road users in view of the growing requirement of the public for using effective technological devices in dealing with the parking service. The project assists in providing information about the status of the parking slots to motorists before driving to those areas. It eliminates the traffic congestion resulting from the search for a parking slot.”