RTA to complete smart meter installation in all taxis by 2018
The Roads & Transport Authority has begun installing smart meter systems in Dubai taxis
The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has begun installing its smart meter systems in all taxis, with the aim to be completed by the end of June 2018.
The AED 68.8m project will see that all smart meters will be integrated with Dubai Geographic Addressing System (Makani), an automated calculation of Toll Tariff (Salik) when passing under virtual toll gates and updated maps for the emirate.
Additionally the system can display ‘Out of Service' to allow for a 90-minute flexible break for drivers per shift, and it can display ‘End of Shift' to ensure the driver will not be hailed within the last 45 minutes of their shift.
The meter is connected to optical sensors to detect the passenger boarding, this functionality is to help the deriver in case they forget to turn on the meter. Furthermore, the system is linked with POS devices to enable smooth payment and has an ‘Aman' (safety) system to monitor the speed of taxis.
The Public Transport Agency completed the installation of 4850 devices by the end of June 2017, with the aim to complete 7850 device installations by December this year.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA reviewed the progress of the device installations and expressed the RTA's keenness to continue upgrading the taxi services in Dubai and the use of smart systems and high technologies in meeting various needs of customers.