Remote monitoring, AI: New additions to RTA’s toolkit

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  • Its new center at Al Quoz Bus Depot remotely monitors the performance of 516 Volvo buses

  • Authority claims its Covid-19 measures helped restore public transport ridership to 70 percent of the pre-Covid-19 levels

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has recently opened a remote Bus Performance Monitoring Centre Al Quoz Bus Depot, which allows instant tracking and monitoring of the performance of RTA’s new 516 Volvo buses fitted with Telematics system.

The system, which enhances the operational and maintenance processes, includes 47 types of alerts covering mechanical aspects, fuel consumption per kilometer, and the condition of the safety equipment on board, a statement by the RTA said.

Besides reducing fuel consumption by 5%, the system also supported the planning for periodic and preventive maintenance of buses. It also resulted in an efficiency-driven assessment of drivers, improved the road safety standards, and improved the rating of customer happiness, the statement added.

To manage traffic in urban areas using artificial intelligence and advanced algorithms, the RTA started the trial of City Brain, which analyzes big data from nol cards, operating buses and taxis as well as the Enterprise Command and Control Centre.

The data is then converted into useful information that could be used in sending instant notifications and improving bus schedules and routes. The system is expected to improve the bus ridership by 17 percent, average waiting time by 10 percent, and the journey time and the average bus usage by 5 percent, said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

Al Tayer said the authority’s precautionary measures and initiatives contributed to restoring the growth of public transport ridership to 70 percent of the pre-Covid-19 levels.

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