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Thousands of CCTV cameras will monitor Abu Dhabi city and surrounding areas.

The cctv system covers the capital’s main and surrounding islands, international airport and the Bani Yas and Mussaffah areas with surveillance cameras installed on roads and buildings.

 

The Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre said the main function is to monitor roads and highways and manage traffic flow in and around the city.

The system will monitor traffic violations such as the use of the hard shoulder, illegal parking.

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Flashless speed cameras will begin operating at 46 junctions on Al Maryah island.

The additions are part of a larger project being rolled out in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region over the next five years to fit 150 light-controlled junctions with surveillance cameras.

Common traffic breaches on Al Maryah include motorists jumping red lights, cars stopping on pedestrian crossings, and failure to give priority to pedestrians.

Speeding and illegal U-turns are also an issue.

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ABU DHABI // Security cameras inside Abu Dhabi taxis will curb aggressive driving and the use of hand-held phones among cabbies, help identify fare dodgers and prevent disputes, residents and drivers say.

On Saturday, the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars (TransAd) announced a year-long project to install CCTVs in all taxis.

In the roll-out stage, 100 cars will be fitted with cameras. The second phase will be carried out within the year covering the entire TransAd fleet.

The cameras will enable specialists at the centre to monitor journeys to ensure the safety of the driver and passengers. It will also help in the process of returning lost items.

The cameras would make taxi rides safer and protect drivers from abusive passengers.

At the moment, the authorities do not have any idea what’s happening inside the taxi. The driver may try to strike up a conversation with a female passenger who is alone in the taxi, or the passenger can be extremely rude and unreasonable.

Ladies would feel safer with cameras monitoring driver behaviour.

The cameras will also be used to settle any claims made by passengers against drivers.

"Some passengers make false statements to TransAd when they lodge a complaint," he said.

"The officers at the investigation unit of TransAd can review the footage to determine who’s at fault."

"When taxi drivers drop passengers in many areas outside the city, they would leave the taxi without paying. It has happened many times."

TransAd began installing the back-facing, front-mounted cameras in various vehicles types, including the new Mercedes Vito Compact taxis, last week.

The cameras will be on around the clock with the footage recorded and streamed live to the TransAD monitoring station and the government monitoring centre.

Research conducted by the taxi authority showed a need for in-car surveillance for safety reasons.

There are more than 7,000 silver taxis in the emirate, six special-needs vans, 220 airport vans and 270 Mercedes Vito Compact vans.

The new vans with sound-proof privacy glass and an intercom system are being fitted with two cameras.

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ABU DHABI // Portable speed cameras will keep the UAE’s motorists on their toes and can catch speeding across traffic lanes.

An armour-plated "enforcement trailer" speed camera was introduced at the Natrans Expo held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in 2016.

The advanced radar system inside the trailer, allows the camera to monitor speeds on vehicles across all lanes and in both directions.

The cameras can read licence plates and detect infractions such as speeding, vehicles driving too close to the next one, erratic lane changes and overtaking on the hard shoulder.

The trailer can transmit case data to authorities, he said.

Once installed, it is fully autonomous. Its power supply with batteries provides a very high autonomy and it can run uninterrupted for five days.

By the end of the year, the French interior ministry plans to use more than 250 trailer units on its roads. It expected to double that number by the end of 2018. Germany, Luxembourg and Spain have also tested the devices.

UAE federal transport officials, as well as Abu Dhabi and Dubai police, were briefed on the device on the opening day of the expo.

This device is highly welcomed for the UAE since it introduces the element of surprise in traffic enforcement.

Motorists may try to fool fixed cameras, slowing down when approaching one and speeding once past it.

There are at least three types of automated enforcement systems in Abu Dhabi: fixed radar cameras, infrared no-flash cameras at traffic junctions and mobile radar cameras.

Traffic patrol cars and unmarked patrol cars in Abu Dhabi are also equipped with the latest technology to catch speedsters.