Dubai's RTA pilots 'smart' lighting

The new system monitors traffic movement and controls light intensity.
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Image: Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is teaming up with Philips Lighting to unveil a new ‘intelligent’ pedestrian and cycling track lighting system at Jumeirah Corniche, it was announced on Saturday.

According to the RTA, the pilot project’s system “adapts the luminary level to the need and movement of road users.”

“The system uses specialised sensors that monitor the traffic movement on the road and controls the light intensity,” said Maitha bin Adai, the CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency. “It communicates and sets the nearby lighting poles ready for the passage of road users. Thus, it contributes to power saving and at the same time ensures a safe lighting level for pedestrians and road users.”

The announcement follows a visit by an RTA delegation to Philips Lighting’s ‘outdoor lighting applications centre’ in Leon, France.

“The visit was made in the context of the MoU signed between RTA and Philips Lighting in May 2017 that calls for building a strategic partnership in scientific research,” added bin Adai. “It called specifically for reviewing the latest technologies of street lights, architectural lighting and smart systems for city development,”

She added that “the cooperation through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in scientific and research fields contributes to the pioneering efforts, and realises the Government’s vision for innovation and envisioning the future,” she noted.

Provisional figures on the pilot project show that the system could lead to savings of as much as 40 percent compared to LED lights, and between 70 and 80 percent when compared to conventional lighting.

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