Mwasalat plans 100% so­lar air con­di­tioned bus stand in Oman

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MUS­CAT: Mwasalat is plan­ning to in­tro­duce the world’s first fully so­lar pow­ered air con­di­tioned bus sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s CEO, Ah­mad bin Ali Al Bu­lushi.

The coun­try’s na­tional trans­port or­gan­i­sa­tion has cur­rently signed agree­ments to build and op­er­ate 100 per cent so­lar-pow­ered A/C bus sta­tions and stops, as con­firmed by Al Bu­lushi.

“We are go­ing to in­tro­duce the first 100 per cent so­lar bus sta­tion,” he told Times of Oman. “It’s 100 per cent so­lar so we will be the first in the Mid­dle East, if not in the world.” We did re­search which showed that there is noth­ing in the world that can be called an air-con­di­tioned bus stop that is 100 per cent so­lar. So (this) will be the first.”

The so­lar pow­ered bus stop will be opened in the Mus­cat Gover­norate. Ad­di­tion­ally, the trans­port com­pany will be bring­ing new tech­nol­ogy to Oman by the mid­dle of 2019.

Al Bu­lushi added, “We will have the first In­tel­li­gent Trans­port Sys­tem (ITS) full so­lu­tion avail­able from mid-2019.”

“This sys­tem will con­sist of a pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, ap­pli­ca­tion for pas­sen­gers, e-tick­et­ing, pack­ages monthly or weekly, track­ing or mon­i­tor­ing a bus or coach,” he added. “So ev­ery­thing re­lated to tech­nol­ogy; we will go far be­yond what peo­ple are do­ing now.”

He was speak­ing on the side­lines of the In­ter­na­tional Road Trans­port Union (IRU) World Congress, cur­rently be­ing held in the Sul­tanate, which is host­ing over 1,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the world as they dis­cuss the chang­ing trends in trans­port, lo­gis­tics and trade, a key fea­ture in the coun­try’s non-oil fu­ture.

At the sum­mit, a spe­cial ses­sion or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with Mwasalat brought to­gether lead­ing in­ter­na­tional fig­ures to ex­am­ine ma­jor chal­lenges fac­ing pas­sen­ger trans­port op­er­a­tors to­day and dis­cuss so­lu­tions for to­mor­row. “We have ini­ti­ated a number of in­no­va­tions such as smart tick­et­ing, pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, and au­to­mated ve­hi­cle man­age­ment sys­tems,” said Al Bu­lushi.

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