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RTA Dubai app to measure carbon emissions, cost

Dubai - The app has also been updated to send notifications of wearable technology like Apple or Andorid Watch.

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Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Wed 13 Apr 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 13 Apr 2016, 10:47 AM

One of the Road and Transport Authority's flagship mobile application, RTA Dubai will now be fitted with a 'green point counter' that measures the time saved, carbon emissions and public transport cost.
The app has also been updated to send notifications of wearable technology like Apple or Andorid Watch. The RTA announced updates on the app on Tuesday as part of its steps to offer additional services to public transport and road users, and in line with the Smart City initiative launched by the UAE Government.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, stated that the updated application would provide users with points for using the app regularly.
He added: "If a user has used the app to make a mobile transaction with the RTA instead of driving to a service centre, he or she will be awarded green points. The more green points a user collects, the better."
The RTA at a ceremony will felicitate users with the highest green points later on in the year, according to Madani. Apart from using the app regularly, green points will also be awarded if users enter their daily travel distance by different public transport modes of transportation.
The app automatically calculates the carbon emission savings and the cost savings done by the user, hereby increasing the green score.
Madani added that the app would now send key notifications to the user's Apple Watch or the Android smart phone.
"Updating the 'RTA DUBAI' App stems from RTA's keenness to keep pace with the Smart City initiative by broadening the scope of services on offer to transport users," added Madani.
'Madinati' and 'Al Hares'
Users of the 'Al Hares' programme provides a secure and confidential channel to the RTA staff and users to report violations related to corruption, without fear of accountability. Users can make anonymous complaints against corruption or financial fraudulence.
Importantly, users can also avail the 'Madinati' service enabling them to report road defects, traffic signal faults and other issues relating to the aesthetic appearance of the emirate.
Current features
As of now, the app has multiple features including a dashboard which enables users to customise the application interface services, payment of parking fees, reminding the motorist of the parking place, and several smart parking services.
It also enables users to inquire about and recharge NoL balance, track previous trips, inquire about and top up Salik account balance, in addition to availing 'My Wallet' service to exchange official documents via smart phones.
The app can also display driving licences, vehicle ownership cards and distinctive number plate certificates. It supports the 3D touch feature to establish quick contact with the RTA, enables users to book taxis, offers accessibility to Dubai Smart Government e-identity and links the account with the traffic file and NoL personalised card.
dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

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Screen shot of the RTA’s updated application which helps calculate green points.
Screen shot of the RTA’s updated application which helps calculate green points.

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