US system to streamline Riyadh traffic

Updated 31 January 2016
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US system to streamline Riyadh traffic

RIYADH: The capital will soon witness the launch of the first project of its kind to manage traffic movement and address road conditions by monitoring up to 2,000 intersections.
The Transsuite US System for Traffic Management, being implemented by the Higher Commission to Develop the City of Riyadh and the Riyadh Traffic Department, entails the installation of 350 devices to control major intersections and uses 1,400 digital cameras for counting vehicle numbers, in addition to 175 cameras to read number plates, and a range of technical equipment managed by a specialized work team.
The system connects various control devices in traffic lights to achieve the smooth flow of traffic.
Following a range of studies conducted in the Kingdom, the authorities decided to implement the Transsuite system due to its modern format, as well as the fact that it has obtained multiple global awards in the field of traffic management. When the system was launched, many cities including Montreal and New York opted for it.
Among other functions, the system monitors speeding vehicles and those that run red lights, while also alerting authorities of other abnormalities such as fires or accidents.
The system conforms to the global standards for smart transport telecommunication by connecting and talking with other control devices in traffic lights.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 12 min 27 sec ago
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.