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Launching Pilot Project for Intelligent Pedestrians & Cycling Lighting

27th October 2018

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in conjunction with Philips Lighting, has launched a pilot project at Jumeirah Corniche. The Project aims to identify the benefits of implementing the Intelligent Pedestrian and Cycling Track Lighting System at Jumeirah Corniche. The system adapts the luminary level to the need and movement of road users.

Explaining the system, Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, said, “The system uses specialised sensors that monitor the traffic movement on the road and controls the light intensity. 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.”

In the same context, an RTA delegation visited the Outdoor Lighting Applications Center (OLAC) at Philips Lighting in Leon, France to acquaint with the latest trends of intelligent lighting technologies developed by Philips. Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, headed RTA’s delegation that also included Eng. Nabil Mohammed Saleh, Director of Roads, as well as a host of managers and specialists. The Center is one of the prominent global platforms for exhibiting the latest practical applications of outdoor lighting.

“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. It called specifically for reviewing the latest technologies of street lights, architectural lighting and smart systems for city development,” said Bin Adai.

“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.

The provisional readings obtained for measuring the results of the pilot project revealed savings as much as 40%, besides the savings of LED technology. If the comparison was made with projects using conventional lighting, the saving would rise from 70% to 80%.