WiFi will make AC bus shelters in Dubai smart
Matter Al Tayer launching the first smart air-conditioned shelter for bus riders in Jumeirah on Tuesday. The shelter will now have WiFi, a mini mart and other facilities- Supplied photo
Dubai - 25 to be completed by month end and 75 more next month
The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai launched the first smart air-conditioned shelter for bus riders in Jumeirah.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) inaugurated the shelter on Tuesday. The shelter, which is fitted with complimentary WiFi internet connectivity, offers several other services. This is the first of 100 smart shelters to be constructed by the RTA in 15 districts of Dubai.
A host of RTA's CEOs, Fahad Al Hasawi Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du), and Nikhil Jagmohan, Executive Director of Right Angle Company, attended the event.
"The Smart Air-Conditioned Shelters project, undertaken by RTA in cooperation with the Right Angle Co. and Du is part of RTA's initiatives in support of the Dubai Government's efforts towards implementing the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The project fulfills one of the key strategic goals of RTA, making people happier, and promoting the use of mass transit modes in Dubai," said Al Tayer.
|What smart shelters offer|
> Free WiFi, sale and top-up of NoL cards, top-up of mobile phones for local and international networks
> Facility to pay bills of public and private entities internally and abroad and for recharging mobile phones
> Smart kiosk, interactive media and advertising screens, display of info about RTA's services
> Mini mart for selling refreshments and snacks.
"RTA has set a time chart for constructing 100 smart air-conditioned bus shelters. About 25 shelters are set for completion by the end of this month, and the remaining 75 shelters are due for completion by the end of March this year. Locations of shelters were selected based on several safety considerations and the number of riders.
These shelters will be distributed over 15 districts in Dubai including Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl, Jumeirah, Deira, Umm Al Romool, Al Quoz, Al Rashidiya, Al Qusais, Al Awir, Al Nahda, Al Satwa, Al Karama, Al Ras, Al Garhoud, and Al Jafiliya," he explained.
"The smart shelter hosts a wide spectrum of services for bus riders including free WiFi courtesy of Du, selling and top-up of NoL cards, top-up of mobile phones for local and international networks, paying bills of public and private entities internally and abroad, recharging mobile phones, smart kiosk, interactive media and advertising screens, displaying info about RTA's services and a mini mart for selling refreshments and snacks," said Al Tayer.
"This drive could be maintained through improving public transport facilities and transforming them into smart facilities capable of maximising the satisfaction of public transport riders. It also warrants continuous efforts towards upgrading the infrastructure of public transport facilities in an innovative manner likewise the metro stations," added Al Tayer.