The Works Ministry has implemented smart sensor technology at selected pedestrian crossings which defines a virtual range by employing a smart camera equipped with thermal sensors at the crossings which in turn cancels the right of passage request (green light for pedestrians).
“The ministry in co-operation with General Directorate of Traffic seeks to implement modern pedestrian techniques to reduce traffic congestion and accident rates” announced Works Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry, Kadhem Abdullatif.
The technology senses the presence of pedestrians showing the green light immediately once the button is pressed and will turn red once the pedestrian crosses the signal successfully unlike the current system which allows a specific time for pedestrians to cross signals leading to traffic congestion.
It further enhances safety at traffic intersections while saving time for both pedestrians and motorists.
The Works Ministry added that the technology is already being implemented on the intersection of the Palace Road with Shaikh Hamad Causeway on an experimental basis to analyze the overall efficiency of the system in accordance with the behavioral movement of pedestrians and motorists.
The Ministry has additionally installed 39 auxiliary batteries on the main intersections to provide temporary power to signal in case of power outages to ensure traffic safety. This technology also adds to the protection of optical signal devices from damage due to voltage fluctuations.