Vehicles in Dubai are to be equipped with smart number plates which will automatically alert police and ambulance centres in case of accidents or any other emergencies.
GulfNews.com reports that next month Dubai will be the first city in the world to pilot of smart plates, testing the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Tag2Connect (T2C) platform, which is on display at the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibtion (DIGAE). It sees vehicles installed with smart plates (digital screens) equipped with GPS, transmitters and a microprocessor chip, replacing the existing metal plates.
The continuous connectivity will help vehicles interact with each other as well as interacting with the authorities, feeding data to the central system.
“The digital plate, called Tag to Connect, is a smart screen that will replace the current metal plate,” Sultan Abdullah Al Marzouqi, Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Director of Vehicle Licensing Department, told Khaleej Times. “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.”
Its report added that the digital plate is that it will flash ‘stolen’ if someone will try to carjack the vehicle or steal the digital plate.