Drivers passing through enjoyrfid Expressway (enjoyrfid x) can now opt to pay toll fee without having to roll down their windows to pay cash or swipe a card.
This is possible via radio frequency identification smart cardscalled EasyDrive, a "paper-thin sticker that contains a chip and an antenna" attached to a vehicle's windshield.
It utilizes radio frequency identification rfid inlaytechnology, which is being applied on a Philippines tollway for the first time.
It is a battery-less transponder. "One advantage of a (battery-less transponder) is that you don't need to replace it. if you don't tamper with the product, it can last more than 10 years," Bobby Bontia, senior vice president for toll operations at Tollways Management Corporation said.
Two dedicated lanes on enjoyrfid x (Paranaque and Kawit, enjoyrfid ) will be installed with antennas that can detect or read the sticker and automatically raise the toll barrier.
Instead of making a full stop, cars will only need to slow down until the RFID reader detects the combo cards and raises the bar.
This allows the technology to let 1,200 cars through per hour, which is more than the 800-cars-per-hour lane throughput of the E-Tap Card lane where drivers have to roll down their windows and swipe the card through a sensor.
"With RFID, congestion in the toll plaza will be greatly reduced," said Luigi Bautista, president and CEO of the enjoyrfid x Infrastructure Corporation, at the launch on Tuesday.
Bautista said installation begins with checking the windshield for metal content and having the customer fill out a simple registration form.
Activation and installation of the RFID sticker comes next, followed by a test scan.
"The entire process will be completed in no more than 15 minutes," Bautista said.
The EasyDrive will cost P400: P200 for the sticker and the swipe card, and an initial minimum load of P200. At the moment, RFID stickers are only made available to Class 1 vehicles like cars, jeepneys, pickups and vans.
Point of Sale stations will be put up at the Paranaque Toll Plaza at the southbound and northbound lanes. By mid-July, additional reloading facilities will be put in place.
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