Automatic license plate recognition might soon help enforce traffic laws on NLEX

Will this help make the expressway safer?
by Drei Laurel | May 12, 2021
PHOTO: Valenzuela City on Facebook

Erring drivers might want to think twice about breaking any traffic regulations along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), as management has announced it is already piloting the implementation of smart cameras capable of automatic license plate recognition (ALPR).

These smart cameras are initially being installed at 25 toll lanes in Valenzuela City. The hope is that these devices will help enforce traffic laws on NLEX, in turn making the thoroughfare safer.

The NLEX Corporation says the installation of ALPR-equipped cameras will allow for easier matching of entry and exit transactions while the toll barriers at Mindanao, Karuhatan, Paso de Blas, and Lawang Bato remain raised.

“It also helps in identifying vehicles passing the RFID lanes without RFID stickers, as well as those with insufficient balance, and vehicles that pose potential safety issues,” the company said in a statement.

Other tech improvements NLEX management is making at the moment include equipping 127 more toll lanes with contactless Easytrip card readers and the realignment of 56 RFID antennas to boost reading efficiency.

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The company also says its toll collection system is being upgraded to provide faster turnaround time for transactions and reloads. Supposedly, this has reduced data transmission between the toll collection and Easytrip systems from 45 minutes to real-time.

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“Aside from infrastructure building, we are also persistently working on digitizing and automating our business processes,” NLEX Corporation president Luigi Bautista said in a statement. “We are continually adjusting our systems so we can provide a more efficient service to our motorists and afford them ease of travel.”

Have you tried driving along NLEX lately? Let us know if you’ve experienced any of these improvements in the comments.

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