Vendeka signs Philippines deal at Intertraffic
Vendeka underlined the robust health of the Turkish ITS industry when it signed a multi-million dollar deal with the San Miguel Corporation of the Philippines, at Intertraffic last night.
The contract is to implement Vendeka’s Hybrid electronic Toll collection (ETC) solution on three major highways in the Philippines. The scope of the project covers three tollways, 60 plazas, 300 lanes and 200,000 RFID tags.
Tollways operated by San Miguel maintain both dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) and a cash-based Toll collection system. Vendeka’s system will allow the use of existing DSRC units while new ETC users can immediately use the more cost-effective passive RFID.
Vendeka has integrated all existing equipment into the new ETC System, avoiding the need to increase the number of Toll lanes or buy new lane equipment. The medium-term goal is to increase the penetration of ETC up to 80% and to eventually discontinue the use of DSRC.
RFID and DSRC Toll collection systems will work on the same lane.
Vendeka said that the main advantage of passive RFID compared to DSRC was the unit cost of the tags. RFID tag prices are just a few Euros, while DSRC on-board units cost roughly 20- 30 Euros. In addition, passive RFID tags enjoy a superior lifetime and do not require maintenance, said the firm.
Vendeka has an impressive track record of installing passive RFID Toll collection systems across major highways in its home market of Turkey.
Baki Kuran, General Manager of Vendeka Information Technologies, said: “Our innovative and unique hybrid ETC solution is bringing new options and opportunities to Toll road operators, governments and policy makers and Toll road users.”