ASHGHAL, the public works authority of Qatar, has awarded a contract to Spanish firm Sociedad Ibérica de Construcciones Eléctricas (SICE) for the operation and maintenance of intelligent transportation solutions (ITS) installations for two years.

The contract award is part of Doha’s preparations to host XXII Men’s FIFA World Cup in 2022.

As part of the contract, SICE will be responsible for carrying out corrective and preventive maintenance work on all of the installations and providing timely recognition of the operational status of the installations.

It will be installing new CCTV cameras, as well as ITS in general and urban traffic elements.

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SICE will be maintaining installations across 150 traffic intersections using SCATS compatible controllers such as vehicle detection loops, structures, traffic lights, pedestrian pushbuttons, priority systems for emergency vehicles and wiring.

In addition, the Spanish company will be maintaining variable message signs located across the city, as well as nearly 200 CCTV-PTZ cameras that are integrated with the control centre’s magnetometers.

The contract also includes the maintenance of more than 200 lane control panels, 100 license plate recognition cameras, an acoustic monitoring system and overheard clearance.

Earlier, SICE worked with ASHGHAL for the installation of the advanced traffic management systems (ATMS) on the Salwa and Dukhan motorways to centralise the monitoring operations and assist in the maintenance of these highways.

Earlier this month, ASHGHAL opened two roads and four signalised intersections to support increasing traffic flow in Al Nasr region.

The new roads that were opened for traffic in Qatar were 0.6km of Al Nasr Street and 1.8km of Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street. These initiatives were undertaken as part of the Improvement of Main Roads in Al Nasr Area project.