Since inception, the 25km long King Fahd Causeway has long represented the strength of unity between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Evolving this principal symbol of peace and prosperity into the future, the crossing between the two kingdoms has undergone a complete digital transformation.
Announcing a leading digital innovation in seamless customer experience from stc.
Connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain since 1986, stc has revolutionised the King Fahd Causeway crossing experience with a completely automated end-to-end digital solution. Utilising an advanced system of smart cameras and sensors and used in conjunction with a simple mobile app, this groundbreaking technology gives drivers the ability to pass through the toll gates with barely the need to pause - or even roll down their window to speak, scan, tap or pay.
Thanks to the complex pioneering technology spearheaded by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading telecoms giant, you can now expect an easier, smoother and hyper fast crossing time - leaving you to enjoy the ride and the journey ahead.
A leader in digital enablement, stc have truly bridged the gap between traffic management and technology. Powering the new fully automated crossing at King Fahd Causeway, stc have provided the Gulf Cooperation Council with a truly innovative solution. This new, fully digitised crossing is expected to significantly cut down wait times and reduce traffic - improving the experience and easing the journeys of thousands of vehicles every day.
With the finer complexities of this technology navigated, stc have introduced a smart camera and advanced sensor at every gate which not only detects the type of vehicle intending to cross (i.e. car, motorcycle, small bus, bus and pick up truck) but reads the license plate, too. The driver also has several payment options to choose from, facilitating an even easier journey across the bridge.
This has led to an unmanned, automated process, mitigating the need for personnel to operate the toll booths and expediting transit time when crossing from one kingdom to another. This futuristic technology also creates efficiencies elsewhere; dramatically reducing data entry time for the teams monitoring vehicles crossing at the Gulf Cooperation Council and King Fahd Causeway Authority.
Crossing the King Fahd Causeway: How It Works (Step by Step)
1. When a vehicle approaches the toll gate, an advanced sensor automatically detects the vehicle type
2. Next, a smart camera automatically reads and processes the vehicle’s license plate
3. The driver pays via their chosen method (as detailed below) and passes seamlessly through the toll gate
For an expedited journey and unparalleled experience, stc recommends that the driver downloads the Jesr Pay app from the App Store. Bilingual in both Arabic and English, the Jesr Pay app is designed for ultimate efficiency and ease with expected crossing times and weather conditions on the King Fahd Causeway, as well as a retail directory, general news and contact information for roadside assistance.
After downloading, drivers can create their profile, register their vehicle(s) and top up the Jesr Pay wallet via credit/debit card or Apple Pay. Once this is complete, the toll gate will open as soon as the new, innovative system recognizes the driver’s registered vehicle - automatically taking payment from the Jesr Pay app and creating a smooth, seamless fully automated experience for all.
There are a number of other easy payment options:
- The driver may pay with a credit or debit card by simply tapping his card on the NFC reader
- Alternatively, he may use the Jesr Pay Wallet (available via the app) by scanning his unique QR code at the toll gate
- One time passes can also be purchased on the app, generating a one-use QR code for the next one way or round trip journey - these can be shared from the app through any channel (i.e email, WhatsApp) to enable vehicles to cross
Experience the new King Fahd Causeway Crossing
Join the tens of thousands of passengers making the crossing every day and discover the new, simple and seamless experience yourself. With the Jesr Pay app, you have the power to simply pass through the toll gates with no need to stop, scan or tap - just create a profile, register your vehicle and keep your wallet topped up. You can even enable Auto Debit, which automatically authorises payments for a seamless crossing experience.
Save transit time and just enjoy the historic journey between two sister kingdoms, united in their vision, synergy and innovation. We look forward to welcoming you to the future on the King Fahd Causeway.