NEC Corp wins contract from Saudi Arabia's Modern Bus Co in Makkah

Japanese company to provide Intelligent Transporation System that will allow cashless transactions and GPS monitoring by 2020

Smart buses are coming to Saudi Arabia's Makkah in 2020.
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Smart buses are coming to Saudi Arabia's Makkah in 2020.

Japan’s NEC Corporation has been awarded a contract from Modern Bus Company in Makkah, Saudi Arabia to deliver Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology that will help manage 400 buses in real-time, with its launch due in 2020.

In a statement, NEC said its system would provide automated fare collection, using IC cards to allow for cashless transactions.

A bus location management system will also be delivered as part of NEC’s platform, with GPS to be used for the monitoring of 400 buses.

Bus information will be provided through solar-powered displays at bus stops and mobile applications.

Commenting on the contract, general manager of NEC Corporation’s transportation and logistics solutions division, Ryuji Nakagawa, said the deal was part of its aim to manage 2,000 buses with Modern Bus Company in Makkah within the next five years.

He added: “NEC has a well-established record of providing ITS throughout Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and India, and will continue to build partnerships globally in support of the development of safe, secure and efficient transportation infrastructure.”

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