RAKTA comes with AI-powered smart system that will ensure all drivers are fatigue-free.
As part of its participation in the ‘UAE Innovates 2021’ initiative, Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority (Rakta) has launched the ‘Smart Key’ initiative. This is an innovative application that uses artificial intelligence in tightening control over the operational system and the preservation of assets through the intelligent taxi operation feature.
The application is linked to a smart camera system, which works on driver identification every 15 minutes to ensure that the driver’s identity is confirmed throughout the vehicle’s operation period. Moreover, the feature is linked to smart meters, through which, the meter can be opened and closed automatically when the driver’s shift starts and ends.
The system is expected to “drastically” reduce fatigue-related road accidents. Also, the system monitors, reads, and analyses drivers’ facial features and issues alert if signs of fatigue are detected.
It is worth noting that this technology contributes to enhancing the operational process and ensuring the presence of vehicles in the emirate by tracking taxi drivers’ working hours. It also contributes towards evaluating the performance and development of the operational process.
According to Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi, General Manager of RAKTA, the ‘Shaheen’ (Falcon) smart system’s camera is fixed in front of both taxi and bus drivers’ faces. The system then monitors, reads, and analyses drivers’ facial features, immediately sending an alert to the smart command and control centre if it recognises any signs of fatigue.
“The novel system is also fitted with another device that tracks and records the drivers’ conduct during the trip, spanning speed limits, safe driving, using brakes, sudden diversion, inattentive driving, using mobile phones, and other violations.”
The smart command and control centre analyses the data collected and takes appropriate actions to ensure road users’ safety.