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The Middle East in Focus: Transportation, Innovation, Disruption and Gulf Traffic

October 07, 2019




The Middle East in Focus: Transportation, Innovation, Disruption and Gulf Traffic



Gulf Traffic, an annual event that takes place from the 9 – 11 of December this year, will bring to light some of the latest technologies and systems from global suppliers to Dubai – the centre of business in the Middle East and North Africa.




We caught up with Rahul Rawat, Exhibition Director of Gulf Traffic to explore the growth of the industry, and how the international industry can benefit from the opportunities that the region provides.


How do you see the Transport Industry evolving in the GCC?


Rahul Rawat: Motivated by the vision of becoming a regional powerhouse that attracts investments and to branch out from oil, the GCC countries are some of the world’s most determined, when it comes to developing large-scale infrastructure. Transport is the second-largest planned projects sector in the Middle East region.


With increasing technological advancements in the sector, it’s safe to say that the industry is on an upward incline. Leading the way are Saudi Arabia and the UAE – According to MEED, the UAE is the second biggest transport projects market in the region, with about USD 106bn worth of projects planned or under way, trailing behind Saudi Arabia, which has more than USD 311bn worth of transport projects planned or under way.


Infact, Dubai foresees becoming a global driverless mobility leader by 2030. This only goes to show the growing industry in the Middle East which international suppliers can benefit from.


What sort of investments have been made in the GCC region?


Rahul Rawat: A recent report by Orient Planet Research noted that worldwide, the UAE and Saudi Arabia rank among the top 12 global markets for infrastructure investment. The total value of active infrastructure projects in the GCC has reached to USD 1.14 trillion with roads, highways and bridges among the highest number of projects.


It further noted that there was a total of 1,069 road projects in the region, the highest number among all infrastructure projects, with a combined value of USD 122.6 billion. Saudi Arabia’s investment in road infrastructure has increased from USD 2523 to USD 3506, and UAE from USD 2633 to USD 2865.


What technological advances has the industry made? 


Rahul Rawat: Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things is already influencing every aspect of our lives and  and the compatibility of AI and transportation applications is a somewhat of natural fit. AI and IOT also poses as a massive disruption in the Traffic and Transport Industry.


Technology such as hyperloop, drones, UAVs and autonomous vehicles are slated to be the biggest disruptors in the future of the transport industry


Speaking locally, Dubai plans to use Intelligent Traffic Systems in making roads safer and reduce traffic jams and congestion levels, while Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the USD 500 billion mega-intelligent city project ‘NEOM’ is planned for a new way of life built around the best technologies of the future such as AI, big data, and IoT including robots, flying taxis and many more

What developments do you see in the Parking Industry?


The parking Industry is moving towards digitalisation – with sensors and payment technology integrated into the management system. We now have unique features like parking guiding system and data analytics. Some of the bigger players have introduced Smart Parking Apps which allows for reduced operation costs, maintenance, and minimum personnel.


With the help of smart parking, smart cities in the GCC will be able to balance queues and on-street traffic flows by re-routing cars to alternate parking locations, based upon real-time occupancy data.


How do these promote sustainability?


Rahul Rawat: Telematics enables Fleet to be fuel efficient by allowing drivers to select the shortest route possible by avoiding traffic and further reducing emissions associated with Traffic Jams. Technology allows for autonomous cars and public transport to be fuel-efficient.


How is Gulf Traffic instrumental in the growth of the Industry?


Rahul Rawat: Gulf Traffic brings together suppliers with break-through technology and AI to the Middle East and welcomes buyers from the region to facilitate business in the Industry. The show will also have a co-located conference led by global influencers, which gives delegate the opportunity to learn new practices, while earning CPD and CAPP Credits.


More than just an exhibition, Gulf Traffic is a reflection of the trends in the industry and a place for the industry to connect and grow.


What new products or features are at the show?


Rahul Rawat: We’re excited about this! We have so many new launches this year. From Mobile Video Surveillance from Streamax, to live video monitoring, Focus of Attention, with AI and video analytics by Avigilon.


Sparkbit will launch an AI-based application to monitor driver’s behaviour analysis. Sphere will be premiering the noise traffic sign in Gulf Traffic that detects the oncoming vehicles, and based on the noise they are producing, will start displaying the warning message intended for the drivers to ease up on the gas pedal.


MechaSapien Core, by Stech.ai is a comprehensive cutting-edge suite of AI and deep learning-based video analytics for Traffic and Crowd Management sector and so much more.


The 2019 edition of Gulf Traffic is also being inventive with the adoption of AI-powered B2B matchmaking which allows exhibitors and visitors to connect to their ideal buyers before and after the exhibition. To bring student innovations to the forefront, we will be organising the Driving Innovation Awards that nurtures future talent.


All in all, we can assure you that Gulf Traffic 2019 is turning out to be an unmissable event for the Traffic and Transportation Industry.




The 18th edition Gulf Traffic is organised by Informa markets and is the region’s largest and longest running traffic event that focusses on 6 sectors, namely Traffic Management, Transportation, Road Safety, Infrastructure, Gulf Parking and Fleet Management. The 2019 exhibition expects to welcome over 150 exhibitors from 30 countries and more than 2,500 unique attendees from 50 countries, making it a truly international gathering for the Traffic and Transport sector.


To visit  Gulf Traffic, visit: www.gulftraffic.com

To exhibit, contact: Rahul Rawat at Rahul.rawat@informa.com

CivicSmart Unveils Next Generation “Smart Parking” Offerings at Gulf Traffic 2018 in Dubai

December 06, 2018




CivicSmart Unveils Next Generation “Smart Parking” Offerings at Gulf Traffic 2018 in Dubai



MILWAUKEE, Wis.(December 5, 2018) –CivicSmart, Inc., an innovator of “Next Generation” Smart Parking technologies is pleased to announce a series of “First of its Kind” offerings at Gulf Traffic 2018, held at the Dubai World Trade Center from December 4-6 (Booth Z1.C70).




CivicSmart’s latest developments demonstrate the power of Smart Parking unconstrained by legacy technology limitations.  These solutions work together to allow municipalities around the world to deliver unprecedented levels of convenience for motorists while generating new revenues, greater efficiencies and comprehensive parking data for municipal parking programs.


Among the groundbreaking, interoperable technologies that CivicSmart is showcasing this week are their:


Automated On-street Reservation System, which the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced in October at the 38th Gitex Technology Week also held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.  This system allows motorists to use the “Smart Parking Reservation” feature in the RTA’s mobile app to locate and reserve on-street spaces at a premium rate and is powered by CivicSmart technology including its highly-accurate vehicle detection sensors and curbside reservation indicators.


Wireless Electronic Permits thathave a unique ID which is read by CivicSmart’s sensors to identify when a specific vehicle parks in an on-street parking space. This allows for seamless permit management by detecting when authorized vehicles enter a regulated space and notifying enforcement officers in real-time when an unpermitted vehicle does so. Electronic permits eliminate most permit fraud and counterfeiting.


Automated On-street Parking Payments (“Park and Walk”).  By linking CivicSmart’s wireless permit to a payment account, when a vehicle with a permit enters a paid parking space, the sensor automatically detects the permit and initiates billing of the motorist’s account without the motorist having to pay at a meter or through a mobile app.  The motorist can simply “Park and Walk” away.  Billing continues until the vehicle departs the space.


Curb Mount Sensor  For municipalities in warm-weather climates that do not want to core drill in the pavement to install a subterranean sensor, CivicSmart’s latest sensor configuration can be attached to the vertical face of the curb. This low profile sensor has a detachable faceplate allowing it to be relocated at minimal cost, and it delivers exceptional accuracy due to the ideal angle for detecting the side of a vehicle.  As “curb management” becomes more important for cities, this is a powerful solution for the management of loading zones, bus zones, fire hydrants, handicapped spaces, and no stopping areas.


Directed Enforcement.  CivicSmart’s map-based enforcement software integrates sensor data with meter payments, mobile payments, automated “Park and Walk” payments, and wireless permits to direct officers in real-time to spaces where vehicles are parked in violation.  Handheld and mobile Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems allow officers to scan plates within a second or two to check enforcement databases and pre-populate citation data for maximum speed and accuracy.



About CivicSmart

CivicSmart, Inc., is a global leader in innovative city-wide Smart Parking solutions and services, including vehicle detection sensors, smart parking meters, handheld enforcement solutions, and comprehensive parking management systems.  CivicSmart solutions have been deployed globally and CivicSmart serves over 1,500 clients.  CivicSmart is recognized as one of Government Technologymagazine’s GovTech100. More details about CivicSmart’s offerings can be found at http://www.civicsmart.com/.


About CivicSmart ME

CivicSmart ME FZC, is headquartered in the UAE and India and provides Smart Parking solutions to innovative municipalities around the region.  More information about CivicSmart ME FZC can be obtained by contacting Mufaddal Nafar at mnafar@civicsmartme.com.

ParkNews.biz at Gulf Traffic 4 – 6 December 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena

December 01, 2017




ParkNews.biz at Gulf Traffic 4 – 6 December 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena



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