First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Feig Electronic has deployed more than 600 radio frequency identification (RFID) readers in India to allow drivers to pay for tolls without stopping at toll booths.
The delivery is part of the National Highway Authority in India’s (NHAI) Fastag programme, an open road tolling method that relies on open ISO standard RFID technology.
In a statement, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways says Fastag enabled vehicles can pass through dedicated lanes without stopping at toll plazas on national highways.
Feig will continue delivering ultra-high frequency ultra-high frequency (UHF) long-range RFID readers, including the FEIG LRU3000 for identification of UHF transponders (860-960 MHz) and the LRU1002 for identification of UHF transponders (860-960 MHz).
Manuel Haertlé, Feig's senior product manager, says: "The LRU3000 RFID reader supports the open protocol and is expected to allow free-flowing traffic that is travelling at more than 140 kilometres per hour.”
Initially, the RFID tags stored vehicle data such as the registration number and class of vehicle to help determine the exact charges at each toll booth. NHAI has started putting encrypted vehicle-related data like the engine and chassis number in the tags.
The tags are also expected to have the capacity to store more data to help with insurance and goods and services taxpayer identification numbers.
In October, Feig unveiled its portfolio of free-flowing tolling technology at the International Bridge and Tolling Technology’s annual meeting in Baltimore.