Dubai’s RTA uses big data to monitor physical distancing on buses

Posted: 27 July 2020 |

The move is said to be part of RTA’s continued efforts to enhance the implementation of precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the launch of an electronic platform using the concept of big data to monitor physical distancing on buses. 

“This platform is linked electronically with the Control Centres of Public Transport Agency,” said Khaled Al Awadhi, Director of Transportation Systems, Public Transport Agency, RTA. “It assists the concerned personnel to take appropriate decisions whenever a breach of physical distancing instructions between onboard passengers is detected. The platform relays details of incompliant buses including the route number, percentage of incompliance detected, date and time of the journey, driver details and frequency of incompliance on the part of the involved bus.

“The introduction of this technology is made as part of RTA’s plans to benefit from the applications of big data in improving services and operational processes of public transport means, especially under the prevailing challenges of COVID-19. Thanks to this platform, RTA decided to deploy 18 buses to ease the congestion and assist with the compliance of physical distancing; which contributed effectively to reducing such violations,” he noted.

“The objective of this technology is to control the spread of COVID-19 on public buses in view of their publicity amongst riders and their number highlighted by the deployment of 1,615 buses covering most parts of Dubai. Therefore, it was vital to use advanced technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence to ensure greater compliance with physical distancing and other preventive measures.”