Tuesday, June 16, 2009

DM to launch project forfog and low visibility monitoring

Dubai Municipality is preparing to launch a project to monitor the fog and low visibility, which is expected to be completed by end of July.

Eng. Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said the project aims to monitor the density of the fog and the consequent decline of vision on the roads and then process the collected data and formulate the necessary models to predict the low level of visibility due to fog or sand storms.

He added that the operations room at the Dubai Police Department will display the monitored data instantly to road users through traffic signs and SMS, and others.

The project is expected to provide a comprehensive solution to the problem of fog and low visibility in Dubai over the year, thereby reducing the rate of accidents on the roads.

"Since the incident of Ghantoot in March 2008, the Municipality Survey Department has been working in coordination with officials from Dubai Police for the development of stations to monitor tides and weather forecast and establishing a network covering the whole emirate of Dubai to be able to monitor the status of fog and low visibility on the road and to alert drivers of heavy fog to avoid accidents," said Lootah.

Stressing on the importance of this project, Mohammed Mahmoud Mashroom, Head of Survey Department said that the project will take care of providing a clear vision, which is an important factor in traffic safety on the roads.
"Therefore, developed countries have been giving importance to study the amount of fog that is impeding traffic safety and other weather factors like air temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, as the density of fog threatens traffic safety, life and property.

Eng. Yousef Al Marzouqi, Head of the Geodetic and Marine Survey Section said that his team visited the company executing the project in the Slovak Republic in order to view the stations and the installation of special sensors to measure temperature and humidity, and measuring the level of vision as well as how the operation and maintenance of the system.

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