RTA launches five smart apps offering 30 services

With the new applications, RTA now offers 53 smart services offered via eight smart Apps.

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HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) unveiled a new package of smart phone applications for customer transactions.

He said: “The smart city envisaged by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai assigns top priority to the comfort and well-being of the population, and provides services efficiently through modern and sophisticated technologies. Smart mobility is considered one of the key pillars of smart cities.”

Post-announcement of the Smart City initiative, the RTA launched the Dubai Smart City Programme, which consists of three sub-programmes, namely Corporate Smart Programme, Smart Transport Programme and Smart Traffic and Roads Programme. The Smart City plan includes implementing at the level of the Dubai government departments and entities, a total of 22 out of 100 initiatives and and launching at least 200 out of 1,000 smartphone services by the end of 2015.

Al Tayer said: “The new smart applications cover five sectors: Drivers & Vehicles Smartphone App, which enables customers to complete various driver & vehicle-related licensing transactions; Smart Parking App; Business Sector Services App, which enables businessmen to review tenders, request for placing ads and rent metro outlets; Salik Smart App, which enables customers to inquire, top up balance, and display trips; and lastly, Public Transport App.”

With these new applications, RTA now offers 53 smart services offered via eight smart Apps. The new smart services also contribute to the role played by social media networks in selecting the transit modes used by the public, besides impacting the geographical distribution of the population by increasing the density around major mass transit stations.

The RTA is also working on smart mobility services like assistance in finding vacant parking and real-time updates about traffic snarls and diversions, to be delivered through mobile apps. Updates on these services are expected by end-December.

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