The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has embarked on a joint project with telecom firm du to fit all taxis in Dubai with free Wi-Fi. Currently, about 10,800 cabs ply the streets of Dubai.

Both the entities signed a cooperation agreement at the GITEX 2018. The deal demonstrates both the partners’ commitment to visualize Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world. Osman Sultan, CEO of EITC (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company), had this to say about the endeavour: “We are pleased to sign this agreement with RTA to provide smart services and Wi-Fi technology onboard taxis in Dubai. This initiative is an important step in our efforts to support the UAE Government’s Vision 2021 for providing accessible modern telecommunication services.”

RTA and du will also set up as many as 400 hotspots across the city, with Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai hosting one of them.

As part of the agreement, du will start fitting the required devices to all taxis operating in Dubai. “All fleet vehicles of the six franchise companies operating in Dubai will be covered by the service within one year from the date of signing this agreement,” said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

More than 400 hotspots in the UAE will get the Wi-Fi service in addition to the taxis. These include places like the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, shopping arcades, Emaar Boulevard Downtown, and the Global Village.

This is a rather promising effort undertaken by the RTA and du. With the instalment of Wi-Fi in all the taxis on Dubai roads as well as the numerous hotspots, a new connected ecosystem can be set up for the fleet which can generate, track, record, and relay data in real time to the RTA. Even du stands to benefit from this agreement with its services being employed on a massive scale, citywide. Insights gained by so much data pouring in can be successfully used to create accurate predictions and patterns that can help the RTA streamline its fleet operations.