Parking tickets by SMS now available

After a successful implementation in Muscat, Infocomm and Oman Mobile launch its mobile SMS parking system throughout the rest of the Sultanate

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By  Laura Barnes Published  November 21, 2006

Infocomm has announced that it has signed a deal with telecommunication company, Oman Mobile, to implement an SMS parking system throughout the Sultanate. Oman Mobile’s deal with the information and communication technology (ICT) company will also see Infocomm develop the state-of-the-art technology system. Already being used in Muscat, this is the first programme of its kind in the Middle East, which allows drivers to pay for parking through their mobile phones. The partnership has already seen success in Muscat, with Infocomm, a joint venture company between the Zubair Corporation of Oman and iGroup of Singapore, seeing an overwhelming number of SMS tickets being issued to date. The success of the system in Muscat has prompted Oman Mobile to roll out the programme throughout the Sultanate, as the traffic police and Muscat Municipality recorded an increase in parking ticket sales, with electronic transactions increasing accuracy and speed of delivery. “We are pleased to be working with Oman Mobile to change the paid parking system in Oman, they have played an integral role in helping the Sultanate of Oman to establish a vital link with the rest of the world, and become fully digitalised through its investment in cutting edge technology,” comments Karim Rehamtulla, managing director, Infocomm. Already available in the US and across Europe, the SMS parking service allows the car driver to receive an SMS notification with the car’s plate number and the ticket validity when purchasing the ticket. Time can also be added by sending a subsequent message rather than re-feeding the metre manually. Additionally, the system enables traffic policemen to use portable GPRS enabled terminals or PDAs to check online to see whether the fee has been paid for a vehicle.

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