India gets its first RFID technology based electronic toll plaza!

For National Highway users, long wait  at toll plazas will soon be a thing of the past. Country’s first radio frequency identification (RFID)-technology based toll collection plazas will be inaugurated on April 19 at Chandimandir near Punchkula in Haryana on Delhi-Chandigarh highway.

This technology will help users to make payment without stopping at toll plazas and will reduce traffic congestion and commuting time.

How it works?

There are three toll plazas on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway and road users have to stop at all the toll plazas and pay cash to pass through. Once the RFID system is introduced, if one agency issues a chip-embedded sticker to a vehicle, the same can be used at all the three plazas without paying money at each plazas. Toll Statements will be made available online to the road users and they need not have to stop for receipt. Money collected from the vehicle will be pooled at one place electronically and distributed among all the three toll gates managements if the vehicle has used all the three plazas.

For updating toll data, two tier database structure will be deployed, one at the Plaza level and other at the National level (Central Clearing House). Before issuance of RFID Tags, the road users need to register with the agency with the basic details like Name, Address, Vehicle type, Vehicle registration no. etc. The information will be stored in the central database along with the unique identification code of Tag.

Security Leak?

Though the technology is pretty widely used abroad it is being introduced in India for the very first time. And this brings the question of security lags too! For this each plaza will be equipped with automatic vehicle classification (AVC) system for cross verification of vehicle categories to avoid any misuse of tags. The censors placed at toll gates will read the tag from a certain distance and boom barriers will go up automatically.

In case of discrepancy, the system triggers the Camera fitted in lane and computers the image of the vehicle along with the number plate. The information will be used for the enforcement of violated vehicles.

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