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Double award for Qatar's Most Innovative ITS

Two diverse projects have jointly won the Most Innovative ITS Implementation Award at the Qatar ITS and Road Safety Awards 2014. Commissioned by the Qatar Public Works Authority, Ashghal, in 2013, the award was won by the Traffic Tech Group for its most recent ITS projects in state: the Duhail Over-height Vehicle Detection System (OVDS); and the Doha Emergency Vehicle Preemption System (EVPS). Both were fast-tracked projects, completed in record time and both were fully operational in early 2014.

The Duhail OVDS incorporates a wide range of ITS technologies, including: an over-height vehicle detection system, variable message signs (VMS) with text in both English and Arabic, CCTV surveillance, control room equipment, and integration to Doha’s SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System) urban traffic control system. The system was installed on three approaches of the Duhail Interchange to limit the passage of over-height trucks under the bridge of the interchange.

The initial phase of the Doha EVPS project included the installation of traffic signal preemption equipment at 25 intersections and five roundabouts throughout the state’s capital of Doha, and preemption transmitters fitted to a total of 30 emergency vehicles. The second phase of the project is in the process of being awarded and would involve a much larger scope, including 50 additional intersections, to cover more critical areas and more emergency vehicles in the country. Ashghal engineer, Yousef Al-Emadi, explained, “The EVPS system will reduce significantly the response time, and reduce the risks of accidents, as the ambulance or Civil Defence car drivers will press a button on the remote control to open the traffic light on their way; and thus, ease the traffic flow ahead of them.”

“We are truly delighted to have won the Most Innovative ITS award, as this represents our commitment to deliver the most advanced ITS technologies in Qatar and in the region”, said Husam Musharbash, Traffic Tech’s president and CEO. “We dedicate this award and extend our gratitude to the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, for their continued trust and confidence in this company and for making us a part of Qatar’s ITS infrastructure developments.”

September 23, 2014

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