The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia released a video showcasing the latest technological tools that will be launched by 2029 to make the Islamic Pilgrimage Hajj easier and more accessible for everyone.
The video showed every registered pilgrim will receive a package before their trip that will include a badge, an earpiece and an electronic watch, which they must have on them at all times during the pilgrimage.
The badge allows pilgrims to pass through an e-gate instead of customs at the airport, and board a train that will transport them to where they need to go. The badge can also be used to access hotel rooms, without having to check in at all, where the pilgrims will be staying.
The earpiece and e-watch provide pilgrims with all the necessary information in any language. It notifies pilgrims when they complete a tawaaf and recites prayers to them.
The items are connected to each pilgrim’s phone and are equipped with tracking devices to ensure that family members can find each other in case they get lost in the crowd.
The earpiece also allows authorities stationed around the area to help guide anyone by translating information directly into their ears.