Dubai’s data-based mobility programme set to transform transportation

by Sion Geschwindt
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At this week’s GITEX Global 2021 conference, Digital Dubai and the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) announced the first stage of a data-based programme to digitally transform transport in the emirate.

Drawing on vast amounts of collected data, ‘Dubai in Motion’ provides decision makers with insight into public transport movements and designs probable scenarios to make both operational and strategic transport-related decisions.

The programme aims to facilitate more effective and informed transport and community planning and to improve people’s mobility.

It also provides information about areas that welcome tourists, calculates mobility time and periods, and compares transport movements before and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

H.E. Younus Al Nasser, assistant director general of Digital Dubai and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, said: “The data sector is gaining an increasingly significant role in fulfilling Dubai’s comprehensive digital transformation goals.

“When invested properly, data has great potential to present innovative solutions and strategies that support decision-making processes, building on an accurate understanding of people’s needs and life experiences in the smart city.

“Dubai in Motion will provide decision makers with statistics-based indices about the transport sector and people’s movement in Dubai, benefitting from both city and transport data.

“This data will also help develop digital models of public transport to support planning for the main transportation elements in Dubai and improve the transport sector – a fundamental pillar of smart cities.”

Mohammed Al Mudharreb, CEO of Corporate Technology Support Services at RTA, said: “Dubai in Motion culminates our fruitful cooperation with Digital Dubai through where we seek to exchange information relating to the public transport network in the emirate.

“RTA is keen to use the latest technology such as the blockchain, paperless transactions, big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things, and employ them in easing the mobility of people across Dubai.

“We are confident of the powerful role of the Dubai in Motion project and the information of Dubai Pulse platform in supporting our efforts towards planning the future transportation and operations.”

Dubai in Motion is the first stage in the city’s digital transformation journey.

RTA and Digital Dubai jointly aim to develop a digital twin of Dubai capable of visualising and analysing data from a large set of resources, as well as leading the city’s efforts to explore vital future-planning scenarios regarding clean transport and sustainable energy.


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