The workshop was moderated by Shaima Murtadha al Lawati, chief executive officer of Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), which is an independent and non-governmental, nonprofit association registered with the Ministry of Social Development. The key activities of ORSA include advocacy and awareness training, capacity building and supporting research in the field of road safety.
The workshop discussed the development of data strategies and analysis to provide better intelligence for the improvement of safety for road users; innovative and effective ways to increase pedestrian safety; and advancements and challenges in the implementation of smart road systems. The event also highlighted the development of transportation systems, which is not only limited to the construction of new roads or renovating the infrastructure but goes beyond that to include the use of information technology to advance these systems linking elements within the road system — vehicles, roads, traffic lights, message signs, among others — to be intelligent.
Besides, the workshop highlighted the importance of using simulations for training and gaining driving licence. Shaima said, “It was an enriching workshop where experienced participants from various private and government organisations shared their views and recommendations in the development of innovative road safety in the Sultanate. I wish these recommendations to be raised to the competent authorities to be activated to reap the benefits through enhancing the status of the current traffic safety.”
This workshop was held as part of the Digital Nation series of seminars organised by Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), which endeavour to shed light on the recent and most advanced technologies in the ICT sector and the industry in general, by bringing together creative professionals, business leaders, techies and students to discuss the emergence, challenges, opportunities and implications of the digital nation.