Mo­bile App for pub­lic trans­port modes

Afro Voice (Free State) - - GAUTENG NEWS - SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE shon­isanit@the­newage.co.za

GAUT­ENG pub­lic trans­port modes are to re­ceive a mo­bile app as part of the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s plans of gear­ing up for the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion of pub­lic trans­port.

Gaut­eng MEC for roads and trans­port Is­mail Vadi will to­mor­row launch the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion (app) un­der the theme Gaut­eng on the Move for all pub­lic trans­port modes in the prov­ince.

“We are al­ready see­ing the power of tech­nol­ogy that ev­ery day is re­shap­ing pub­lic trans­port ser­vices, mar­ket­ing and con­sump­tion. The global tech­no­log­i­cal changes we are wit­ness­ing are spark­ing a rev­o­lu­tion in the trans­port sec­tor,” Vadi said.

The mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion is aimed at pro­vid­ing com­muters with real time, ac­cu­rate pub­lic tran­sit in­for­ma­tion, timeta­bles and fares for Gaut­eng based pub­lic tran­sit op­er­a­tors. The trans­port modes in­clude Gau­train, A re Yeng, Rea Vaya, Metro­rail, Gau­train Bus Ser­vices, Jo­han­nes­burg City Sight­see­ing, minibus taxis, long dis­tance buses and the Tsh­wane Bus Ser­vices.

“We will there­fore use in­no­va­tion, re­search and devel­op­ment em­a­nat­ing from the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion to pro­mote a smart prov­ince to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and ac­cess to ser­vices. This will be pur­sued through strate­gic in­vest­ments in ICT in­fra­struc­ture,” Vadi said.

The launch in­cludes the de­tails and demon­stra­tion of the app’s func­tion­al­ity and will take place at the Mo­bil­ity Sem­i­nar in Midrand.

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