(File pix) Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP) – the international body for public transport, praised Prasarana Malaysia Bhd for creating a mobile application which saves time on railway maintenance. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP) – the international body for public transport, praised Prasarana Malaysia Bhd for creating a mobile application which saves time on railway maintenance.

At the Montreal 2017 Global Public Transport Summit, which ended today after a three-day conference, UITP accorded Prasarana’s unit Rapid Rail with its Certificate of Recognition for the Vehicle On-Board Computer (VOBC) Error Code Translator App.

Presented to Rapid Rail Chairman Azhar Noraini by UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch on the opening day of the summit, the certificate was in recognition of which was developed by a team of innovative engineers.

The certification was awarded to Rapid Rail for managing and operating its rail business, after the app was selected as one of the most innovative and successful public transport projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Developed in 2015 by a six-man team, the smartphone app had previously also won three other awards – the Gold Award at the ICQCC BANGKOK 2016; the Gold Award at the Malaysia Productivity Corporation Team Excellence Regional Convention in 2015 and the 3-Star Gold Award at the National Team Excellence Convention two years ago.

The mobile app helps roving engineers at Rapid Rail’s LRT Kelana Jaya Line to save time in identifying and translating the VOBC error code during cases of failure of the on-board control on the train.

Before the development and introduction of the app, engineers would need to carry out the task manually, spending an average time of 8 minutes. The app allows it to be completed in less than a minute.

Apart from the Kelana Jaya LRT Line, Rapid Rail also operates two other LRT lines – LRT Ampang Line and LRT Sri Petaling Line, the Monorail Line and MRT Line 1 Sungai Buloh – Kajang; managing a combined daily ridership of more than half a million passengers in the Klang Valley.

“We are truly honoured to have this splendid recognition from UITP. It has always been our guide and benchmark in transformation of public transport services and urban mobility in Malaysia”, said Prasarana’s president and group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Azmi Abdul Aziz.

Azmi also delivered a talk on the opening day of the summit on May 15 - entitled - ‘Malaysia’s Transformation in Public Transport – Taking Our Cities into The Future’.

His presentation focused on Malaysia’s transformation in Public Transport to achieve 40 per cent public transport modal share by 2030.

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