RFID inter-operability agreement signed

Published December 7, 2020, 1:49 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The implementation of the inter-operability of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for contactless payment in various toll expressways is under way as toll operators and concessionaires have agreed to test the system, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Monday.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said toll operators San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.  (MPTC) signed a memorandum of agreement to jointly test the use of their RFID tags the EasyTrip and AutoSweep.

EasyTrip tags are issued by the MPTC for NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, C5 Link, and CALAX while the AutoSweep are for SMC-operated tollways STAR, SLEX, Skyway System, NAIA Expressway, and TPLEX.

DOTr said the test is part of its ongoing campaign to implement a policy of toll inter-operability for fast and seamless travel of motorists on various toll roads as the country continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

“We are grateful to our private partners who have demonstrated their unparalleled support in this project. We need their assistance to fast-track the necessary measures to fully implement toll interoperability,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said.

Under the agreement, a steering committee will be created to implement and monitor the operators’ compliance with the test which will involve 45 vehicles, composed equally of different vehicle classifications.

The inter-operability testing will be conducted for 14 consecutive days in which an AutoSweep RFID sticker will be activated using an EasyTrip account, while an EasyTrip RFID sticker will be activated using an AutoSweep account. 

After the test, the participants will submit their test transaction reports and dashcam video recordings to the steering committee for assessment. 

The steering committee will be given five days from the complete submission of the data collected to determine the read rate percentage or the system’s performance indicator when comparing RFID infrastructure.

The DOTr earlier explained that the Toll Collection Interoperability project, which was launched in 2017, will be implemented in three phases with the 100 percent cashless and contactless toll payments form as the first phase.

The second phase involves the use of two RFID wallets, which will make a single RFID sticker readable by sensors at different toll roads, while Phase 3 aims for the use of just one RFID sticker for all toll expressways, and maintain only one wallet for toll payments.