Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced an upgrade of the Wojhati app to include the Open Data system to serve public transport riders (buses, metro, tram and waterbus) as well as various government entities with effect from 1 Oct 2016.
Explaining the step, Adel Shakri, Director of Transportation Systems, RTA’s Public Transport Agency said, “Beefing up the Wojhati app with the Open Data System is in response to the decision of our government endorsing the broadcasting & sharing of data in the Emirate of Dubai with the aim of developing a new generation of integrated smart services.
The upgrade would be of benefit to all public transport riders by enabling them direct and instant access to all information about any transit mode they select in terms of journeys, timetables and routes. All government departments can also benefit from this service as it helps them provide innovative & smart services in their own activities, and they can even contribute ideas to revamp the app through this system.
“The Open Data system is a key player in smart cities and smart governments. Incorporating it in the app will provide several segments access to anything related to public transport, especially as the Wojhati app has been hugely popular since launched in 2013. The number of app users during the first half of this year clocked 657,961 users compared to 435,353 users during the same period last year. The number of app downloads reached 93,854 downloads during the first six months of 2016, leapfrogging from 63,319 downloads recorded during the same period in 2015.
“Wojhati app uses satellite coordinates to pinpoint the position of the customer once the app is started in the user’s smart-phone, enabling instant access to all information needed. Tourists have also been taken into consideration in the design of the app as it offers them guidance about how to move from their current position to their intended destinations. The app can also be used offline as it saves the routes of trips in the phone and keeps them ready for use any time. More info