Ashghal: Implementing second phase of Emergency Vehicle Pre-Emption System
The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ has announced that the installation of the Emergency Vehicle Pre-Emption System (EVPS) on 50 new intersections in different areas of Doha city has been completed, bringing the number of equipped intersections to 80.
Ashghal had begun the implementation of its plan to install this system in April 2014, and completed the first phase, which included the installation of the system on more than 30 major intersections in various Doha city areas. As part of this 1st phase, 15 ambulances and 10 civil defense vehicles were equipped with traffic signals remote controller devices.[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”1″ position =”none” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]
What is EVPS?
EVPS is an advanced system that consists of three parts or units:
- one is mounted on the traffic signals at intersections (intersection unit)
- the second is placed inside the vehicle (vehicle unit)
- the third is a Central Management Software that enables those in charge of the system to manage the system devices and units and ensure the efficiency of their performance and their maintenance, as well as to monitor usage of the system and at each intersection and generate adequate reports.
The system works via GPS/radio antenna devices which receive the signals emitted by the emergency vehicle unit. These devices request green light pre-emption hundreds of meters ahead the arrival of the emergency vehicle. These devices also work on stopping cross streets traffic in front of the approaching emergency vehicle.
Officials have asserted that this system will reduce the time it takes to respond to emergency situations and reduce the possibility of emergency vehicles accidents, along with minimising traffic disruption.[/boxify]