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Dubai plans new wearable devices to replace bus, metro cards

Transport authority reveals plan to launch its own smart device that could potentially replace its Nol card

Dubai plans new wearable devices to replace bus, metro cards

The RTA has unveiled plans to launch its own smart device that could potentially replace its Nol card on public transport.

The new device, which was displayed and the 35th Gitex Technology Week, will use near field communication (NFC) that is currently used on NFC-enabled smartphones.

“We have tied up with a firm, Watch2pay, for the devices,” Khalid Al Awadhi, director of Automated Fare Collection at RTA told Gulf News. “We have tested the devices and they have received the pass certificate by our technical team. Currently, we are conducting a survey with the commuters to have their feedback on the product and to find out what prices and designs would be ideal.”

The survey will provide the RTA with information that will enable it to devise a business model, and also come up with designs and prices for the watches. 

“We are looking at various designs, particularly targeting the youth. We are also [looking at] trendy colours for men and women. The prices will depend on the design and feature of the products, but we will keep it in the affordable range,” Al Awadhi added.

Credit card details can also be loaded onto the device, which will do everything that a regular Nol card does.

“People will be able to use the NFC-enabled watches to pay for metro, bus and taxi fares as well as using [them] to for shopping through the embedded credit card. The watches will have Nol top ups through top-up machines, ticket counters or though mobile apps,” he said.

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Shanti 3 years ago

Great idea...RTA... Absolutely admiring for considering and changing constantly also taking into account public opinion and convenience.