Following the privatisation directive of the Abu Dhabi government in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Department of Transport (DoT) has contracted three private local operators to take over and provide the public transport operation in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi starting from 2019.
Now Karlsruhe-based INIT, a leading supplier of integrated planning, scheduling, telematics and ticketing solutions for buses and rail transport, has signed a contract to supply, install, expand and maintain the AVM (Automated Vehicle Management) system with the operator for the metropolitan area of Abu Dhabi. Other transport operators in the Eastern and Western regions of the Abu Dhabi Emirate are soon expected to sign further contracts.
INIT has been the control system supplier and the technology partner for leading transport providers in the region since 2011 and has had a presence there since 2007, which has enabled close consultation.
Under the supervision and direction of the main customer, City Transport, a subsidiary of Emirates National Group (ENG), INIT will be responsible for the AVM system (known internationally as an Intermodal Transport Control System (ITCS). In addition to the management of the existing fleet of more than 300 buses, the project will also encompass the delivery and installation of the
AVM and passenger counting for at least 280 new buses.
“The contract that has now been concluded is an important milestone for INIT and expands our presence in the United Arab Emirates,” said Eyad Tayeb, Managing Director of Init Innovation in Traffic Systems FZE, Dubai U-AE. “Gaining City Transport as a new customer underlines the success of the collaboration between INIT and the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, besides serving the strategic decision towards sustainable transport for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”
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