QMIC Releases Major Updates to Wain Mobile App to Support World Football Event
13 November 2022
To optimize the experience of residents and visitors on Qatar’s roads especially during hosting the World Football Championship, QMIC has released a major new version of Wain for both iOS and Android devices. These significant changes and enhancements will solidify Wain’s position as the leading home-grown mobile application for delivering location-based services in Qatar. Furthermore, to support delivery of dynamic and up-to-date content, and to deliver location-based alerts to thousands of Wain users in Qatar, QMIC has recently developed and launched a new tool (called CAMS) for use by QMIC’s team and by trusted strategic partners. With the availability of CAMS, map content and road closures in Wain can be modified in real time which will significantly increase the value and relevance of Wain for users in Qatar.
With this new release, Wain has undergone extensive improvements and changes to fully strengthen its position as one of the top mobile platforms in Qatar. The most eye-catching change is Wain’s new home page, which has been achieved through substantial redesigning and remodeling. Consequently, this new change has increased the aesthetic appeal of Wain, with its refreshed and revamped look.
To enhance users’ driving experience, improvements to Wain’s navigation system have been implemented to optimize user driving journey to each respective stadia parking taking into account multiple factors. Once a user parks their car using Wain navigation, the app will automatically save their car parking location. Moreover, Wain has introduced features to provide walking guidance between car parking and stadium gate during the World Football Championship. In particular, while walking from the parking to stadium, Wain will guide users to their gate using live view (augmented reality) on iOS and using map view on Android devices. These capabilities would assist all users in navigating to each stadium easily and reduce the effort of locating their parked vehicles amongst thousands of cars.
Dr. Adnan Abu-Dayya, QMIC’s Executive Director (CEO), commented “this is our best, most comprehensive, and intelligent Wain with a sharp focus on serving the needs of residents and visitors during the World Football event. Our ownership and full control of extensive real time data, technology engines, map data, design, and services put us in a unique position to customize and optimize Wain to meet the needs of users in Qatar and to address requirements of local partners. We look forward to continue working with our national stakeholders to enhance the positioning of Wain as the lead Super-App for delivering location-based services, content, and rich alerts. Furthermore, with the availability of our new CAMS system, delivering rich map content and location-based alerts together with ability to quickly manage road closures are becoming differentiators for Wain.”
In addition, the new Wain release has a new content personalization section, which allows the user to choose amongst 9 content categories, indicate preferred mode of transportation, choose games scheduled to attend, and identify preferred teams during the World Football Championship. This enables Wain to then display personalized content accordingly, and to deliver relevant notifications based on users’ preferences. This would significantly help users find attractions, events, fan zones, and much more that match their interests with ease and to smartly navigate to them without leaving Wain to use any third-party navigation application.
Another feature introduced to enhance users’ experience is the new “Stadiums” micro-app that is dedicated to displaying all World Football Championship stadia directly in a dedicated Wain map. When the user clicks on any stadium icon, relevant info will be displayed like parking locations and availability, closest metro station, seating info, and more. Based on the classification of their ticket (general, media, or hospitality), Wain users will be automatically guided to best parking using routing that considers parking availability, user current location, and road closures.
Finally, QMIC continuously updates map information so that users can see up-to-date changes to the road infrastructure such as closures and diversions to ensure they reach their destination using the best route possible. Using QMIC’s new Content & Alert Management System (CAMS), Wain users will be able to access a larger bank of points of interest, attractions, landmarks, events, and much more. All these improvements and changes are in support of the upcoming World Football Championship and are necessary to optimize the experience for both tourists and residents of Qatar.
The Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) is the first independent innovations center in the region with a focus on using R&D to develop and deploy Intelligent Mobility and Smart Cities platforms and technologies. QMIC’s main goal is to use locally engineered innovations & knowledge to enable creating home-grown technology industries that address national strategies and tackle regional emerging challenges. It was founded by Qatar University in 2009 and is registered and licensed to operate as a technology innovations center from the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).
Since 2009, QMIC has been utilizing emerging technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and Location-Awareness to deliver data-centric platforms and services. In particular, QMIC has been leading in delivering platforms & solutions focusing on key domains including Intelligent Transport, Logistics & Telematics, Road Safety, and Connected & Autonomous Mobility (CAM).
Through its integrated innovations development & delivery model, QMIC represents a unique and important category within the national Research & Development & Innovations (RDI) enterprise in Qatar that is strategically-driven, R&D-based, solution-focused, and business-oriented.
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