Control centres to monitor parking areas in capital

ABU DHABI - Control centres have been set up at the newly established parking facilities in Abu Dhabi, a senior municipal official has said.

By Adel Arafah (Staff Reporter)

Published: Wed 19 Mar 2008, 8:51 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:47 PM

“The control centres would operate surveillance cameras and closed circuit TV, remote control gates and would have empty lot signal board,” Ali Saleh bin Beraik, Director of Traffic Signal Control Centre, Abu Dhabi Municipality, said.

“More than 120 new CCTV cameras have been installed in addition to the existing 113 cameras in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

A new centre to cater to the requirements of new islands would be set up using optic fibre technology. “An Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology has been introduced to handle e-data generated by monitoring cameras which detect erring vehicles, their number plates and colours very swiftly,” he added.

He said a number of systems for monitoring traffic movement inside and outside Abu Dhabi round the clock were also in place. An automatic electricity reserve feed for traffic signals was executed to maintain preparedness of interchanges during power outages.

He said a new surveillance system was also introduced to detect those who jumped red signals as part of an integrated plan to ensure traffic safety.

All these smart traffic systems, he added, were hooked to a central traffic management centre which could provide motorists with information about vehicular movement and vacant parking lots via several modes like SMS, internet and radio.

“This will assist motorists to take the proper decision, reduce time of arrival to targeted destination, ease traffic congestion and reduce noise and gas pollution,” he added.

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