Qatar ‘Finalizing Master Plan for Intelligent Transportation Systems’

Doha, October 2 (QNA) – Qatar’s is currently finalizing the Master Plan for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) which will completely integrate and optimize road, rail, sea and air transportation, the top executive of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said here Tuesday.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA,) on the sidelines of the ‘ITS and Road Safety Forum Qatar 2012’ which opened here today, Ashghal President Nasser Al Mawlawi said, “We are in the last stages of finalizing the ITS Master Plan for Qatar. As shown in Ashghal’s presentation this morning, there are various milestones for implementing this Master Plan.
“We are now in the process of securing approvals for the strategy and the action plan. This will be implemented progressively in co-ordination with the different stake holders. Their involvement in this plan is required to deliver a world class and an integrated transportation system.”
Qatar is working on a five-year strategic plan, to be extended up to 10 years later, to effectively implement the ITS Master Plan, Al Mawlawi said, and added, “We have been co-ordinating with all agencies and authorities during the development of this strategy.”
Top management, government department representatives, executives from the transport, traffic, safety and security sectors, decision-makers, academia and researchers are attending the two-day conference-cum-exhibition at the Renaissance Doha, organized by jointly by the Ministry of Interior, the National Traffic Safety Committee and commissioned by Ashghal.
The conference is mulling international best practices in ITS, case studies, road safety and security challenges, managing increased traffic across all modes of transportation and the developing the ITS roadmap for Qatar. 
Multi-national companies, engaged in the business of providing traffic, road, rail, air and sea transport solutions, systems, products and services, engineering, mobility, GPS, tracking, control, depot, passenger data management, ticketing, driver-training like Transport Research Laboratory, Siemens AG, AMV Networks, Traffic Tech Group , Williams Advance Engineering, Rosmerta Technologies and INIT are exhibiting at the Forum.
Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Roads Operations and Maintenance, Asset Affairs Advisor, Imad Nassereddine, in his address to the Forum said, “Qatar is adopting international best practice to develop its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) plan. A study of ten best ITS practices cities of the world and a review of regional ITS programmes in the GCC was done.”
With Qatar’s rapid economic and social development, particularly after winning bids to host the world’s major international sports events like the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the country’s objective is to “deliver an optimized integrated and well-managed transport system”.
Hailing the efficacy of ITS, Nassereddine said, “It is one of the tools to develop a fully integrated multi transport system which was started in 1980s and established in many prominent cities of the world. It played a major part in the success of London Olympics.”
Giving an overview of the traffic and infrastructure development done so far in Qatar, the Ashghal Advisor said, “Earlier this year, 29 CCTVs and cameras were installed at key locations including 28 intersections in Qatar. There are around 136 traffic signals in Qatar.”
Regarding the development of the ITS strategy for Qatar, Nassereddine said that they have adopted a the 3I approach   Informative, Intelligent and Integrated.
On the benefits of implementing ITS, he said, “The ITS will reduced accidents, accident severity and deaths. It will improve detection of incidents and crews response to it and better mobility for Qatar.
In closing he said, “The immediate objective is to establish an ITS family of documents, the roadmap for ITS Master Plan and its implementation in Qatar.” (END)

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