Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

UQU President Checks Pilot Technical Project to Monitor Traffic Safety Systems

During his meeting with the research team that is composed of Dr. Anas Salama, a faculty member at the College of Computers, and Dr. Sohaib Khan, a researcher at Science and Technology Unit, at his office in Al-Abediya university city; Dr. Bakri bin Matouq Assas, Umm Al-Qura University (UQU) President, checked the pilot technical project to monitor traffic safety systems at the university city in Abadiya.

Dr. Anas Salama said that he works with the research team inside the university on developing the traffic safety systems and monitoring the violations by using low-cost digital cameras through the modern and fully-developed computer vision technology at UQU; pointing out that these software can detect traffic violations, such as violating the speed limit and the traffic signal, with high accuracy and read the number-plate automatically and continuously without the use of expensive radar techniques.

He added that these software can detect other violations, such as reckless driving, driving out of the yellow line, approaching the front car, wrong parking, suddenly approaching the nearby cars, taking wrong U-turn, disrespecting the preference of those inside the roundabout and others. He pointed out that these systems work through cameras fixed on both sides of roads. The technical team is striving to develop this software upon the support of HE Dr. Bakri Assas for a pilot application of this technology at the university campus in Al-Abediya. The team also seeks to cooperate with the competent government authorities to develop the technology in the Kingdom.

In turn, Dr. Assas emphasized that this technical project is a result of the research process in the university that enjoys the support and attention of the wise leadership- May Allah protect them - in accordance with the Saudi vision 2030; lauding the support and follow-up of Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Eissa, Minister of Education, to the university's programs and activities. He praised the efforts of the research team that succeeded in this technical project, which emerged from the heart of the research process at the university.