RTA launches its first Smart NOL service for commuters
The RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) in Dubai has announced its partnership with Etisalat and du to launch the first Smart NoL Service for Dubai commuters using public transport.
The Smart NOL enables easier travel and accessibility through NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled mobile phones.
The RTA CTSS CEO, Abdulla Ali Al Madani, said the service is being offered for NFC-enabled mobile phone users through a special SIM card to use NOL services for public transport, and in future for micropayments in UAE. The experience will be similar to using NOL cards, and with more than six million NOL card users at present, a good adaption is likely, as UAE has majority of NFC-enabled handsets.
With this service, customers can use their NGC phone to check-in and check-out at metro stations, public buses and water bus, and to reload and check their NOL balance, Al Madani pointed out.
RTA always aimed to harness latest technology, so that it can offer public with whatever is possible to make their daily commutation safe and smooth, he said.
To use the Smart NOL technology, commuters need to just place their mobile devices against the card readers at the passing gates of metro stations or validator devices onboard public buses and water buses. The Smart NOL can be used to pay for daily trips via certified NFC-enabled devices.
The public transport users can subscribe to the smart NOL service through Etisalat and du outlets and check the models that are compatible with NFC service.
This ground-breaking new payment system will make travelling across Dubai even more easy and convenient now, said Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Commercial Officer at du.
The NFC SIM cards are available at Etisalat and du business centres.
Posted on 30/9/2013
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