SOS: You have solar-powered phone on wayside
DUBAI 15 May 2017: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched solar-powered SOS (emergency) telephones at the cycling track at Seih Al Salam in Dubai.
The initiative, which enables cycling track users to report emergency cases to Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services or the General Headquarters of Dubai Police, reflects RTA’s keenness to save the lives of track users, and bring them happiness through providing the needed rescue services.
“RTA’s specialized team has installed 30 solar-powered SOS telephones along the cycling track at Seih Al Salam in cooperation with the General Headquarters of Dubai Police, and Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat),” said Nabeel Yousef Al Ali, Director of Administrative Services at RTA’s Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector.
“This service aims to enhance safety and security in the Emirate, and offer assistance to cyclists especially during emergency cases. The service is also intended to enhance RTA’s strategic goal of ‘Asset’ Sustainability’ by using renewable energy sources such as solar-powered telephones and operate them in a sustainable manner with minimal power consumption. These devices operate efficiently in different weather conditions at temperatures ranging from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius,” added Nabeel Yousef Al Ali.
To make sure that such devices function properly and efficiently, RTA’s specialized team made some trial phone calls in coordination with the Operations Department of the General Headquarters of Dubai Police. It was found that the devices were running smoothly and that cyclists at Seih Al Salam can handily use them when necessary.