New system to monitor trucks, protect bridges and tunnels

January 02, 2014 - 6:55:47 am

The OVDS is an integral part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems being introduced at several intersections in Qatar.

 

DOHA: The first Over-Height Vehicle Detection System (OVDS) in Qatar was launched at the Duhail intersection on Tuesday.

The new system will help impose greater control over trucks and protect bridges and tunnels, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said yesterday.

The OVDS detects vehicles that violate the maximum permitted height of 5.5m before entering tunnels, or passing under bridges.

Any violation turns on the warning sirens to avoid the risk of trucks damaging tunnels’ roofs, putting the security and safety of road users at risk and damaging the bridges.

The Road Operation and Maintenance Department at Ashghal is studying the possibility of introducing the OVDS at more intersections across Doha. 

The launch ceremony was attended by senior officials of Ashghal and the Ministry of Interior. The system is operated and controlled by the Traffic Signal Control Room (TSCR) at Ashghal. It comprises a sensor or height detector, electronic board, and CCTV.

All components of the system work together to detect trucks that violate the legal height. 

The system operates in such a way that in the event of any over-height vehicle trying to enter the interchange, the system will alert the vehicle through a siren audible at the site, followed by a multi-lingual text message that appear on the electronic board at the site. 

At the same time, the traffic signal at the approach will turn red through the control room to prevent the vehicle from entering the interchange. If the vehicle is not following the warning orders, the control room will immediately contact the Traffic Department to take steps to prevent the vehicle from entering the interchange.

The OVDS is implemented in cooperation with the concerned departments of the ministry. Ashghal is studying a number of interchanges to install the system.

The OVDS is an integral part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems being introduced at several intersections in Qatar. It has an added value because of its CCTV at the signalised intersections, which are controlled by the TSCR. The Peninsula

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