Du to develop digital twin for Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro, with its Red and Green lines, is one of the most advanced and modern rail systems. It offers a wide range of luxurious services

du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has signed an MoU with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) for fixed, ICT, special projects and long-term technical support at GITEX 2022. dubai metro

Dubai Metro has Wi-Fi access throughout the Metro network and complete mobile phone coverage across the entire network. As part of the new agreement, du will collaborate with RTA to enhance its fixed and mobile services and deliver the digital twin solution in Dubai Metro and additional mixed reality technologies.

Under the theme ‘Powering governments, Shaping The Emirates Reality’, du is showcasing its next generation technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI, metaverse nd robotics at GITEX 2022. du and RTA’s digital twin solution will leverage innovative telecommunications, IoT and extended reality technologies to demonstrate a generation-next approach to digital twinning in the age of the metaverse.

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Yousef Al Mudharreb, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA and Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer at du.

The initial phase to focus on Dubai Metro

RTA and du will empower a fully embedded fixed mobile telecommunications system across Dubai’s transportation network with the initial phase of the project focusing on Dubai Metro. The data-rich digital twin will be capable of supplying network operators with real-time analysis, predictive insights and maintenance information at the point of need for all key assets in Dubai’s transport network.


By utilising bespoke sensor equipment, the Digital Twin will detect faults, and allow data to be read from any asset in the cloud and analysed in real-time. Physical assets such as escalators, screen doors and point machines can be monitored using the sensors connected directly to the private 5G network where faults and predicted data anomalies are detected in real-time using AI.

Speaking about the agreement, Mohammed Yousef Al Mudharreb, CEO, Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, RTA said, “The role of digital technologies is undergoing an accelerated transformation, from being a driver of efficiency to an enabler of innovation and positive transformation. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority is looking forward to further promoting innovation and improving communication techniques to make urban futurism a reality.

“We are pleased to collaborate with du in this distinguished partnership that allows us to introduce innovations to refine commuter journeys and offer unparalleled opportunities for value creation in Dubai’s public transport sector.”

Meanwhile, Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer at du said, “du’s long-standing partnership with RTA prioritizes digital transformation initiatives given the potential for a significantly higher value to be created for the UAE. Our Digital Twin solution is more than a gateway to the metaverse, it also brings important social and environmental benefits by harnessing technology to improve the efficiency of public transport and help to reduce energy consumption and emissions.”

du’s 5G Private Mobile Network by its low latency and high speeds has helped enable the application of the digital twin technology. Going forward du will also leverage 5G network to connect self driving taxis as part of of a partnership project with GM cruise.

The telecom service provider will also implement digital twin technology in RTA warehouses and trains as well as offer data centre and cloud services, which will allow RTA to deliver a first-class, hassle-free experience.

 

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