Dubai RTA Starts Smart Screening Vehicles To Monitor Public Parking Slots

Dubai has started a smart screening system for paid public parking lots by using vehicles fitted with multiple cameras powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to enhance the parking system and services. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the launching of the new advanced system on Sunday, January 24.

At present, there are 190,000 paid parking slots in Dubai out of a total of 550,000 parking. The smart screening system of paid public parking is a part of the Government’s strategy to digitize the services of public entities in the UAE.  Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, said that the system is also “in line with the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence advocated by the UAE Government”.

“The system streamlines and controls the use of public parking, and increases the frequency of using parking slots. It also steps up the efficiency of the monitoring and inspection of parking spaces and reduces the potential errors associated with violations,” she added.

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The smart screening system consists of multiple advanced features to deliver better services to public parking users. A smart vehicle has 24 digital cameras fitted on all sides of it which enables it to monitor and read number plates of other vehicles in all directions (360o) regardless of the type of parking space. The cameras are said to be effective to read and analyze vehicles’ plates at the parking at a speed of more than 80 km/hr. Moreover, they have more than 99% accuracy. 

Back in December Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Digital Authority introduced a new and advanced radar system known as “VAST- Vehicular Attention and Safety Tracker”. It uses AI to catch rule breaking drivers.

“The implementation of the smart screening of public parking system forms part of the RTA’s plans to ease the job of parking inspectors by using state-of-the-art technologies in monitoring the use of public parking in Dubai. The inspection of parking has become fully automated to ensure the safety of inspectors by avoiding distracting them while driving,” Maitha bin Adai said.

She also expressed RTA’s desire to keep up with the latest technology of parking inspection. Furthermore, she informed that RTA is “undertaking several smart initiatives in support of the migration to smart parking systems and services”.

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