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An estimated 3.5 billion trips are expected to take place across the city of Dubai by 2020. With such a large figure to manage, the Roads and Transport Authority has implemented its new state-of-the-art Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3) to help maintain and oversee the increased amount of projected journeys that will occur in Dubai.
RTA has stated that the high tech systems backing the EC3 will help to improve traffic conditions and manage congestion. The new command centre monitors all of RTA’s transit within Dubai, including public buses, taxis, marine transit, Dubai Metro, and Dubai tram. Smart technology featured by the EC3 will also aid in the provision of the Expo 2020 in following years, which will benefit around 25 million visitors during the duration of the Expo.
"Since the start of the Metro operation, the number of metro riders has exceeded 950m; the length of roads network has doubled over the past decade; the number of registered vehicles in Dubai is expected to go beyond two million by 2020; and the number of journeys made by individuals using various mobility means in Dubai is expected to be in the region of 3.5 billion journeys by 2020. All of these considerations require an integrated control centre (EC3) to cope with future mobility challenges.” said a spokesperson for the Road and Transportation Authority. The EC3 holds capabilities to support future projects and transit methods such as driverless cars, drones, and the Hyperloop.
The launch of RTA’s Enterprise Command and Control Centre took place on May 23rd and was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.