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At least one RFID lane for each toll plaza at all PLUS highway toll by early 2022

PLUS will be integrating RFID with Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system in the northern region at all of its highway toll plazas by early next year.

There will be at least one RFID lane for each toll plaza on their highways. PLUS originally planned to implement RFID at all remaining 83 closed-toll plazas last year but it was delayed due to the movement control order.

RFID is a cashless payment method that uses a sticker that’s attached to your vehicle’s headlamp or windscreen. Unlike SmartTAG, RFID doesn’t require a battery and physical Touch ‘n Go (TNG) card to reload, as the toll charges will be deducted directly from your Touch ‘n Go eWallet. This eliminates the need of queuing up to top up the physical TNG card and you can top up your eWallet conveniently on your phone or set it to auto-reload with your prefered credit or debit card.

While it uses high-resolution cameras and AI to work, human intervention would still be required if the number plate is damaged, dirty, or using a non-standard design. The cost of implementing RFID is lower than SmarTAG once it was scaled up as it used fewer proprietary systems. Furthermore, the rate of replacing SmartTAG lanes will be depended on the adoption rate of motorists. PLUS has stopped selling SmartTAG device since 2018. The government targets to introduce Multi-Lane Free-Flow (MLFF) highway with RFID by 2026.

Teras Technology is a subsidiary of PLUS that handles payment solutions for highways and also public transport. They have been involved in the implementation of Touch ‘n Go and SmartTAG payment systems as well as other payment systems in other countries.

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