GPS tracking buses to be introduced for Hajj season

A strategic partnership between the General Syndicate of Cars, the Saudi Hajj and Umrah ministry, Samsung and other coordinating institutions will result in a system of ‘smart buses’ for the transport of pilgrims during Hajj. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2018
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GPS tracking buses to be introduced for Hajj season

  • The goal of the strategic parnership is arranging and organizing the transport of pilgrims as they visit holy sites.
  • The software — to be installed in 17 thousand transport buses — will be used by the syndicate’s operation center to redirect buses on routes and maps.

RIYADH: A collaboration between the General Syndicate of Cars, the Saudi Hajj and Umrah ministry, Samsung and other coordinating institutions is underway to ensure the organized transport of passengers during Pilgrimage.

The goal of the strategic parnership is arranging and organizing the transport of pilgrims as they visit holy sites and making trips between cities easy and convenient.

It consists of providing guides on transport busses with 17 thousand tablets supported by Samsung’s Knox security, which secure devices and allow the remote control of devices.

The software — to be installed in 17 thousand transport buses — will be used by the syndicate’s operation center to redirect buses on routes and maps.

This step will turn them into “smart buses” that can be easily connected with and tracked electronically.


Saudi border guards foil plot to smuggle 1,117kgs of hashish, arrest 30

Updated 21 May 2018
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Saudi border guards foil plot to smuggle 1,117kgs of hashish, arrest 30

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards thwarted several attempts to smuggle 1,117 kilograms of hashish through land and sea borders during the period from May 7th until May 19th.
Border patrols arrested 30 suspects from different nationalities, after they were spotted crossing the Kingdom's southern borders.
According to the border guards' spokesman, Col. Saher Al-Harbi, those involved, including 13 Ethiopians, 6 Somalis, and 11 Yemenis, have been referred to the relevant authorities for processing, along with the narcotics that were seized in their possession.
Al-Harbi stressed that the border guards will continue to be vigilant in stopping all attempts to smuggle contraband into the country.