Dubai RTA & Terminus Group unite for trial operation of smart robot

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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RTA & Terminus Group sign MoU
Officials during the signing of MoU | Courtesy RTA

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Terminus Group, a leading robotics and advanced technical systems provider.

The MoU marks the commencement of the trial operation for a smart robot tasked with surveillance and detecting violations concerning soft mobility means in Dubai, starting March 2024.

The agreement stipulates initiating a trial operation for the smart robot tasked with surveillance and detecting violations concerning soft mobility means in Dubai in coordination with Dubai Police. The initial phase of the trial operation will commence in the Jumeirah 3 beach area to study the impact of the application and its potential for broader implementation in the future.

This innovative project aligns with RTA’s goals to ensure seamless and sustainable mobility, enhance the transportation network through smart and innovative solutions, and position Dubai as the pioneering city in the region for using robots to monitor soft mobility users.

Dr. Ling Shao, President of Terminus International and Chief Scientist of Terminus Group, said that, “We are delighted to collaborate with RTA, an ideal partner in achieving our shared goal of leveraging green and smart technologies to elevate safety standards for transportation users.”

“Our confidence in this partnership stems from RTA’s esteemed standing and our extensive experience in implementing modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and smart city solutions, along with creating an innovative ecosystem that embraces the sustainable and digital economy,” Dr. Shao added.

Smart Robot

The smart robot will monitor the use of soft mobility means, such as bicycles and electric scooters, by detecting violations, sharing, and analyzing them in collaboration with Dubai Police. Utilizing artificial intelligence, the robot will identify a range of violations, including large gatherings, failure to adhere to personal safety protocols like wearing helmets, abandonment of scooters in unauthorized areas, scooter use by multiple riders, and riding scooters in pedestrian-only zones.

The robot features cutting-edge technology and complies with top safety standards. It can identify violations with over 85 percent accuracy, deliver data within 5 seconds, and has a surveillance reach of up to 2 kilometers. The robot is also designed to operate efficiently under various weather conditions and is equipped with sensors that trigger a halt when it comes within 1.5 meters of any object or individual, ensuring the safety and security of all road users in Dubai.

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