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Gitex 2019: Dubai's RTA, Cisco ink MoU to detect bus fare-evasion

Official says agreement to help protect revenues from bus rides at RTA, which operates 1,615 units in Dubai

RTA operates 1,600+ buses in Dubai.
Time Out Dubai
RTA operates 1,600+ buses in Dubai.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed a memorandum of understanding with American technology company Cisco for platforms that can help detect bus fare-evasion cases at Gitex Technology Week 2019, which was held at Dubai World Trade Centre on 6-10 October. 

Chief executive officer of RTA's public transport agency, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, and managing director of Cisco East Region, Shukri Eid Atari, signed the MoU. 

Bahrozyan said the MoU would include the installation of smart cameras on buses to "ease the job of inspectors in detecting fare-evaders on board public buses".

He added: "The step marks the introduction of a new generation of artificial intelligence technology, computer vision, and effective monitoring. The technology will be used on a trial basis on some buses to assess the results.

“RTA is operating about 1,615 buses covering all parts of Dubai and connecting with key cities in the UAE to serve millions of passengers. As buses are important source of RTA’s revenues, it is imperative to use advanced technologies to curb fare-evasion and detect the incorrect tapping of cards on fare validation machines,” he added, according to Dubai Media Office.

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