Posted on April 27, 2015

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ is done with the installation of the Emergency Vehicle Pre-Emption System (EVPS) on 50 new intersections in different areas of Doha city.

The 2nd phase of the implementation of this system includes installation and activation of the system at 50 intersections, bringing the number of equipped intersections to 80 main intersections. 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.

In order to highlight the achievements that have been made since the beginning of the system’s implementation, Ashghal organised in its headquarters a second press briefing to which it had invited the media. During this meeting, Ashghal presented the locations of the traffic signals equipped with the system and the technology this system uses. Ashghal also revealed the results of the reports and opinion polls conducted to identify the extent of the system’s effectiveness according to its users’ opinion.

Ashghal Implementing 2nd phase 2 [].jpgThe press briefing was attended by Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Sada, Head of Safety Operations and Traffic Control in the Roads Maintenance Department in Ashghal, Lt. Col. Jamal Jaafar Al Ajmi, Assistant Director of the operations department of the General Directorate for Civil Defense and Mr. Brendon David Morris, Executive Director in Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service. It is noteworthy to mention that the results of the surveys that were conducted indicated that more than 100% of the system’s users namely the drivers of civil defense vehicles and ambulances, believe it contributes to significantly reduce the likelihood of emergency vehicles traffic accidents, and they all believe the system contributes to reduce the time it takes to respond to emergency situations.

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) while 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.

Ashghal Implementing 2nd phase 3 [].jpgThe 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. In this regard, Engineer Yousef Al Emadi, Director of Roads Maintenance Department asserted that this system will reduce the time it takes to respond to emergency situations and reduce the possibility of emergency vehicles accidents.

Engineer Abdul Aziz Al Sada, Head of Safety Operations and Traffic Control in the Roads Maintenance Department at Ashghal, noted that this system will help minimise traffic disruption while the ambulances and civil defense vehicles are accomplishing their missions; taking into account the safety of the rest of road users by stopping cross streets traffic before the emergency vehicles pass.

Emergency vehicles drivers have received training on how to use this new system and cases that require its use. A committee was formed as well, comprising members of the Public Works Authority, the General Directorate of Civil Defense, and Hamad Medical Corporation. This committee monitors the use of the system, evaluates it, and makes recommendations and suggestions aiming at improving its performance.