Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched five new smart apps that will offer 30 new services, state news agency WAM reported.
The new applications that were released are the Drivers and Vehicles Smartphone App, Smart Parking app, Business Sector Services App, Salik Smart App and the Public Transport App.
The Drivers and Vehicles smartphone app enables customers to complete various driver and vehicle related transactions while the Smart Parking app will allow users to pay their parking fees and fines through their phones without incurring extra service charges.
The Business Sector Service app will help corporates and businessmen to review tenders online, WAM said.
Salik Smart app enables customers to inquire, top-up their balance and display trips while the Public Transport app will allow users to top up their balance in their Nol cards and also provide information about the timings of public transport vehicles.
The new apps complement the public transport agency’s existing smartphone apps such as the Wojahati, which helps users plan their journey using public transport and Smart Taxi that allows users to order a taxi via their smartphones.
With the launch of the new smart apps, the number of total RTA services offered via smartphone apps reached 53, the official news agency said.
RTA’s chairman Mattar Al Tayer said that the launch of the smart apps are in line with Dubai’s Smart City initiative that was launched last year by the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The initiative is aimed at ensuring that government services will be accessible, quick and efficient through the use of hi-tech smart devices. The project is expected to enable the public to transact with government departments using smartphones any time, any day of the year.
Sheikh Mohammed also unveiled a strategy for the Smart City initiative earlier this year.
The strategy includes 100 initiatives in transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning. It also calls for 1000 government services to go ‘smart’ in the next three years.