Thursday, 15 Apr 2021
Muscat Municipality is installing a new wireless sensor system at traffic signals, which will facilitate reduced waiting time and traffic congestion.

Municipality installs wireless sensor program to decrease waiting time at intersections

Speaking to Muscat Daily
, Eng Zeyad al Zadjali, director, Lighting Department in Muscat Municipality, mentioned, “We are installing wireless sensors in order to make intersections respond to traffic movement by maximising the volume of traffic flow thus reducing waiting time.”

Explaining how the program functions, Eng Zadjali mentioned that the sensors are getting installed beneath the roads close to quit line in the middle of each and every lane. “Each sensor is equipped with an IP address which gives a wider range of flexibility to monitor device performance remotely. It detects the presence of vehicles on the lane and the traffic density on different sides of the intersection. Accordingly, the intersection which has the highest traffic density gets cleared first.”

He mentioned that site visitors signals in the city are programmed in a way that motorists have to wait for a fixed time irrespective of the site visitors flow on other sides. The exact same cycle exists on a 24-hour mode. “With this new system in place, motorists wait at intersections depending on the traffic flow.”

Eng Zadjali mentioned that the municipality has created the movement of autos quicker in the course of the evening hours at intersections exactly where the sensors have been installed.

“All lights at these intersections have been programmed to remain ‘red’. The signal turns ‘green’ when the sensor detects the very first automobile on a specific method road.

“During the daytime, the sensor system functions in a clockwise direction but in night, it functions on first-come-first serve basis. So, if there is more traffic detected on one side, it gets clearance on a priority basis.”

He also mentioned that some motorists have the habit of stopping about 3 to 4 metres or a lot more away from the quit line. “The sensor detects more accurately if the vehicle is close to the stop line.”

Eng Zadjali mentioned that several site visitors signals in the city continue to function even if there is any energy failure. “We have introduced an outdoor UPS system at traffic signals that allow them to operate uninterrupted.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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