- Dubai digitalises Nol cards, streamlining transit payments.
- Investment of Dhs350 million underscores commitment to digital transformation.
- Upgraded system offers enhanced security, personalized services, and seamless integration.
- Innovative features include trip planning, facial recognition, and smart device payments.
- Transition reflects Dubai’s pursuit of a cashless economy and commitment to convenience.
Dubai Digitalises Nol cards
In a groundbreaking move, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has embarked on a project that Dubai digitalises Nol cards, enabling seamless payments through mobile devices. This initiative aims to modernize the existing Card-Based Ticketing System to a sophisticated Account-Based Ticketing System, aligning with global best practices in transit payment technology.
#RTA has awarded a contract to upgrade the existing nol (Card-Based Ticketing System) to a sophisticated, central wallet technology (Account Based Ticketing System), aligning with the top global practices. This project, which requires an investment of AED350 Million, is one of… pic.twitter.com/g25m6iQFxR
— RTA (@rta_dubai) January 28, 2024
Dubai’s Cashless initiative
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, emphasized the significance of upgrading the Nol system to keep pace with global advancements in digital payment solutions. This initiative is a crucial step towards supporting Dubai’s Cashless Dubai initiative and enhancing the efficiency of public transport payment systems in the city.
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His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said, “Upgrading the nol system contributes to leveraging the public transport payment system in Dubai. It is a crucial step towards embracing the swift global advancements… pic.twitter.com/te4ZGYN7Fp
— RTA (@rta_dubai) January 28, 2024
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RTA’s Digital Strategy Roadmap 2023-2030
The project, with an investment of Dhs350 million, is a key component of RTA’s Digital Strategy Roadmap 2023-2030, aimed at positioning RTA as a global leader in digital transformation. It seeks to develop a flexible and scalable digital infrastructure while ensuring seamless integration of fintech solutions in mobility services.
Digital Payment System
The upgraded digital payment system will leverage centralized transport fare wallet technology, facilitating integration across various transit modes in Dubai. It promises numerous benefits, including enhanced electronic and financial security standards, personalized services, and improved operational efficiency.
Digital Payment System Advantage
Among the innovative features of the new system are support for trip planning, booking, and pre-payment through smart channels, issuance of family and group tickets, and payment via smart devices using technologies like facial recognition. Users will have access to detailed account information, travel history, fare calculations, and the ability to manage their accounts seamlessly.
Furthermore, the system prioritizes electronic security by linking all issued cards to individual customer accounts, ensuring privacy protection and data security. It aims to meet the evolving needs of public transport operators and support RTA’s plans for the integration of public transport modes and private sector payment systems.
The transition to digital payment represents a significant milestone in Dubai’s journey towards a cashless economy. Since its introduction in 2009, the Nol card has played a pivotal role in facilitating public transport mobility and payment services across the emirate. With this upgrade, RTA aims to further enhance the convenience and accessibility of transit payments for residents and visitors alike.