Dubai economic zone implements smart pedestrian systems

The Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) economic zone has implemented 14 AI smart pedestrian crossing systems.

The Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (Diez) is collaborating with Derq, a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) analytics solutions for road safety and traffic management on the project.

Artificial intelligence platform

Derq’s Real-Time Perception and Connectivity AI Platform is designed to detect pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users (VRUs). The system, a first-of-its-kind in the region, integrates with road infrastructure to enhance safety measures.

Using patented behaviour prediction models, the technology can proactively activate flashing warning signs, in-road warning lights, and even traffic signal controllers in anticipation of pedestrians crossing, effectively preempting any potential conflicts with approaching vehicles.

The system also collects valuable data to enhance road users’ awareness and relevant authorities’ responsiveness to safety issues and traffic performance. This achievement follows extensive testing over a period of two years, which has been conducted to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the proof-of-concept.

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