Dubai Roads and Transport Authority inks MoU to improve drones network service
According to the Government of Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Professional Communication Corporation (NEDAA) for improving drones network service in Dubai.
The MoU was signed by CEO of RTA’s Technology Support Services Sector Mr Abdullah Al Madani and CEO of NEDAA Mansoor Juma Bu Osaiba at the RTA Head Office.
The MoU signed with NEDAA provides for RTA to coordinate between the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and NEDAA to fulfil the needs of obtaining the required clearance from the CAA. RTA will also coordinate with NEDAA in developing as many uses as possible for pilotless planes along with the supporting network, besides identifying areas requiring service coverage. According to the MoU, NEDAA will map out time charts for carrying out tailor-made test projects and generate analyses of traffic and 3D charts of relevance for RTA.
“The signing of the MoU underscores RTA’s keenness to cooperate with the parties concerned in keeping abreast of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy and addressing the needs of the Smart City initiative of our government. The MoU also contributes to the achievement of our First Strategic Goal (Smart Dubai), and Seventh Strategic Goal (RTA Excellence),” said Mr Abdullah Al Madani.
According to Mr Mansoor Bu Osaiba, the signing of this MoU is part of NEDAA’s ongoing cooperation with government entities with the aim of providing them with the latest communication technologies that meet their diverse needs, especially with the fast-changing communication technologies.
“Our 4G network can help drones to monitor roads and traffic movement; which will ease the business of the RTA and other parties concerned with the streamlining of traffic flow on Dubai roads. Given the relentless efforts for migrating towards a smart & integrated city, we are keen on introducing sophisticated technologies that keep pace with this development through a fast, safe and reliable communication network,” he added.
The partnership is part of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy issued last October. The Strategy aims to boost government performance at all levels and various sectors, using an integrated smart digital system that can overcome challenges and provide quick efficient solutions. For transport sector, the goal is to use the technology to reduce accidents and cut operational costs. It also aims to reduce accidents and traffic jams and draw more effective traffic policies.