Now, swipe at Dubai Metro stations with your smartphone


By Staff

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Sunday announced its partnership with Etisalat and du to launch its first “Smart Nol” Service for Dubai commuters using public transport.

Smart NOL enables smoother travel and accessibility via NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled mobile phones.

“We are providing this service for NFC-enabled mobile phone user via a special SIM card to use NOL services for public transport and in future for micropayments in UAE.  Customers will have similar experience to NOL cards and there is no major change in using it. Currently we have more than six  million NOL cards and we are expecting good adaptation from our customer base since UAE has a good number of NFC-enabled handsets,” said Abdulla Ali Al Madani, CEO of RTA CTSS.

“By virtue of this service, you can use your NFC phone to check in and check out at metro stations, public bus and water bus as well as reload and check your Nol balance,” added Al Madani.

“RTA always endeavors to harness the latest technology so as to introduce to the public whatever makes their daily commute via public transport  safe and smooth,” he continued.

Commuters can make use of RTA’s Smart NOL technology by placing their mobile devices against the card readers at the passing gates of metro stations or validator devices onboard public buses and water buses. Smart NOL can be used to pay for daily trips via certified NFC-enabled devices. More info