RTA exhibits card-less transaction at GITEX

Photo: Dubai RTA

Virtual transactions unveiled by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on October 6, 2019 at GITEX 2019, World Trade Centre.

This innovation is part of new set of solutions and applications to promote hassle-free paying methods in public transportation. Moreover, this initiative also gives the public virtual access in paying parking fees, shopping at certain outlets, and gas stations.

Mohammed Al Khayat, Director of Automated Fare Collection at RTA’s Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, said, “We are keen to familiarize the public with this initiative for buying the virtual Nol card and saving it in their mobile phones where they can top-up the card directly from their credit cards, which are saved in their phones. The NFC feature has to be enabled in smartphones of riders such that they can use the virtual Nol card in paying fares for metro, bus, tram and marine transport services.”

“RTA is planning to roll out the virtual Nol card in the third quarter of 2020. Later on, all the existing Nol card functions will be added to the virtual card. Offering this initiative couldn’t have come at a better time as Dubai is heading towards the hosting of a big event, Expo 2020,” he added.

With his concluding statement, “This initiative will boost the government drive of ranking Dubai as the smartest city in the world, and contribute to realizing a host of RTA’s strategic goals: Smart Dubai, People Happiness and Asset Sustainability (namely green economy and paperless government). Virtual Nol is part of Digital nol Strategy 2018-2022 aimed at achieving the smart transformation of payment means and using advanced technologies in transit services.”