The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai began the initial phase of the Smart Parking Project, covering controlled parking at Al-Rigga and the World Trade Center areas. The project is being implemented by Energy International Corporation, Dubai, U.A.E. Smart parking sensors from Nedap were installed in the Al-Rigga Area to provide real-time parking information for the project.

The RTA initiated the project as part of its efforts to provide smart services to residents and visitors. The project offers a new service through which information about the number of available parking spaces in on-street and off-street public parking areas is provided using dynamic message signs and the RTA smart phone app. Nedap’s smart parking platform, SENSIT, was implemented to provide information on individual parking spaces in real time.

Nedap’s SENSIT system consists of smart parking sensors designed to detect the vehicle occupancy status and duration of parking events at individual parking spaces. The sensors use dual-detection technology, combined magnetic and infrared, to ensure the most accurate vehicle detection and measurement. Real-time occupancy information of sub-zones in the Rigga area is displayed in the RTA app. The app also allows payment of parking fees without the additional charge for SMS, according to the company. In addition to real-time occupancy information in the RTA app, the number of available parking spaces is displayed in Arabic and English on dynamic message signs on the streets. The project is intended to prevent motorists visiting the areas from needing to drive around randomly looking for parking.

Engr. Maitha Mohammed Bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said, “The RTA has completed the link of the central system with the basic components of the project in public parking in Dubai as well as multi-level parking terminals and Dubai Mall car parking. Phase I of the link has been completed according to the planned timeline. The RTA has fully completed the project works at Al Rigga following the installation of about 2000 smart parking sensors. The project is tailored to the needs of road users in view of the growing requirement of the public for using effective technological devices in dealing with the parking service. The project assists in providing information about the status of the parking slots to motorists before driving to those areas. It eliminates the traffic congestion resulting from the search for a parking slot.”