Dubai will be the first city in the world next month to run a pilot of smart plates. This is the first of its kind in the world. Introducing to the world smart/digital number plates. Vehicles equipped with smart number plates will automatically send out an alert to police and ambulance centres in case of accidents or any other emergencies, officials said on Monday.
Based on Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technologies, the T2C platform, will enable direct continuous real-time communication between vehicles as well as providing long-range communications with Traffic Monitoring Centre.
The continuous connectivity will help vehicles interact with each other as well as interacting with the authorities, feeding data to the central system. The trial will be conducted until the end of this year to iron out any glitches in the system and to see how the system will actually work.
“During the trial, we will work out the modalities of the system, the cost of the plates, how to roll it out in the future and it will require to have the system in place,” said Al Marzouqi.
Explaining the system further he said: “the smart plate is like a device that is connected to the system. It will be compatible with the different mobile platforms and drivers will be able to conduct any transaction using the plate number, without having to visit the customer care centre.” The smart plate will be linked to a driver’s traffic file and e-purse, allowing the motorists to carry out vehicle registration, testing and pay fines or fees on the go.
“You can also pay for parking via an e-wallet connected to the digital plates and if someone attempts to steal the car or steal the plate, the word ‘stolen’ will flash up.”
Another first in the world and a related initiative is the Vehicle Chain project that will help RTA track the history of a vehicle from birth to scrap. He added that the system will give buyers the power of knowledge about a vehicle he is buying.
“Currently, it is not so easy to find out what a particular vehicle has gone through, whether it was damaged, it had an accident or what repairs it had gone through. This is more true in cases of imported vehicles. So the Vehicle Chain system will give people all the information about a vehicle right from the minute it rolled out the factory,” said Al Ali.
One of the main challenges is we want to know how the smart plates can survive in the UAE weather, how humidity and dust can affect the transfer of data and to determine its life cycle and other technological requirements,” Al Marzouqi explained.
Then, after thorough evaluation, we will roll out the smart plates to the public and announce how much it will cost. Other applications will also be added to the smart plate, including, possibly the integration of the Salik tag,” Al Marzouqi concluded.