Dubai RTA unveils Rail Automated System to improve its paperless transactions

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the Rail Automated System (RAS) project in collaboration with Keolis-MHI, the operator of Dubai Metro and Tram, in order to trial a paperless initiative reliant on advanced technology.

The new initiative is compatible with RTA’s objective of expanding and improving its level of digitization and sustainability in rail operations.

According to the statement, “This system is aimed to enhance paperless transactions that RTA is progressively committed to ensure on the purpose of supporting the Paperless Government policy as well as the UAE’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Strategy 2017 aimed to raise the profile of the UAE as a global hub for the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

Through a close partnership between RTA’s Rail Agency and Keolis MHI, the scope of work for this initiative was mapped out to ensure its success, and a total of 11 business modules were identified as having the greatest need for digitization, including Permit to Work, which allows access to large-scale work and activities to happen on the Metro/Tram, Dubai Metro Operation Control Centre, Dubai Tram Operation Control Centre, Environment – Management of Power or Energy or Waste, and others.

Furthermore, the initiative shifts from manual paper transactions into a fully digitized platform to transform the processes, save paper, eliminate printer dependency and most importantly bring the efficiency necessary to accomplish various tasks, besides saving expenditure.

Recently, RTA signed an agreement with the technology-enabled private bus aggregate, arcab, to launch a digital platform on a trial base in the shape of a smart app to meet the public demand for medium-sized bus services.

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