If you’re a motorist thinking of making the jump to cashless transactions, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better time to shift to RFID tech than now.
The NLEX Corporation is upgrading its radio frequency identification (RFID) systems to comply with the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) campaign to speed up the adoption of cashless transactions on our country’s expressways. In a statement, the company says the move is also meant to help convince drivers to get with the program, too.
“We are grateful to our private partners who have always demonstrated their unparalleled support in this project,” DOTr head Arthur Tugade said. “We need their assistance to fast-track the needed measures in order to fully implement toll interoperability. Hindi ho namin ito kakayanin mag-isa. Tulung-tulong ho tayo muli, at dahil sa kinakaharap nating krisis, kailangan natin bilisan.”
Some of the upgrades being made at NLEX tollways include the realignment and relocation of RFID antennas and sensors to increase their read range. The ‘advanced reading’ project will increase the number of RFID lanes along its expressways from only 15 to 72 come July 2020.
The company is also replacing its status lane indicators for improved nighttime readability, as well as upgrading its toll collection system and servers to speed up the cashless experience.
Frankly, if a quicker stop at toll gates isn’t enough to convince you to go cashless, we at least hope the threat of COVID-19 is. Are you willing to make the jump?