Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, views a vehicle at the Al Masaood Automobiles stand at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Conference. (Image credit:Hamad Al Kaabi / Crown Prince Court – Abu Dhabi )

Smart cards will keep UAE pupils safe on buses, experts say

ABU DHABI // Smart card technology will keep schoolchildren safe and better secure residents’ bank details and personal documents.

Abdulla Al Junaibi, chief executive of IOT Labs, said the chip technology would be able to help ensure that children were in their classrooms and on school buses.

"It has a high security standard and it can be used as a bank card, student ID, military card and for attendance," said Mr Al Junaibi, whose company is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Small and Medium Enterprises Development.

"You don’t need to punch in or out and it can also locate people within a 200-metre range, or more if extended."

The company is in talks with the Emirates Transport Authority to introduce the technology for the benefit of about 100,000 pupils who use buses.

"It will detect where they are as well as when they take buses, so that if any of them sleep in the buses, they can detect it," Mr Al Junaibi said at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

"There have been issues in the UAE with that and this can be a solution, as it will reflect whether the bus is empty or not directly to the driver.

"It will hopefully start this year, and this really is the right way forward because there is a gap in the market and that technology can fill it."

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