HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG – HKT has been awarded a HK$65 million contract for procurement cum management, operation and maintenance of real-time arrival information system for green minibus (GMB) by the Transport Department (TD).
The real-time arrival information system (the System) for GMB is one of the new initiatives set out in the Chief Executive’s 2018 Policy Address. HKT will collaborate with Octopus Cards Limited and SOCIF Limited, a technology start-up at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, to provide and install location detection device on each of the GMB for detecting its real-time location, and disseminate real-time arrival information of each GMB route.
Once the System is up and running, passengers are able to get access to the real-time arrival information of the next three coming GMBs through TD’s mobile application “HKeMobility” as to facilitate their trip planning. As part of the contract, HKT will also provide a 24x7 hotline service for general enquiries from public users and technical support to the GMB operators and maintenance of the System.
The contract involves approximately 3,500 GMBs covering more than 600 GMB routes on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories operated by more than 160 GMB operators. It is expected that the System will be fully commissioned in 2022.
Mr. Tom Chan, Managing Director, Commercial Group, HKT, said, “We are delighted to contribute to the smart mobility initiatives of Hong Kong Government. GMB is one of the most frequently used transportation in Hong Kong with over 1.5 million daily passengers*. An efficient and real-time arrival information system will definitely offer greater convenience to the public.”
Mr. Chan added, "With our strong partner ecosystem, HKT is committed to leveraging more emerging technologies such as 5G, IoT, big data analytics and cloud services to further accelerate smart city development and uplift smart mobility in Hong Kong.”
*Source: “Hong Kong: The Facts”, September 2019.
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