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By Rich Handley

Malaysia Rolls Out Touch 'n Go RFID-based Toll-Collection System

The Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) recently implemented RFID-based toll collection across all 62 of its toll plazas on highways throughout the country that utilize an open-toll system. The implementation began on Jan. 1, 2020.

The agency reports that the move is intended to improve traffic flow at toll plazas, since users will not need to stop and tap a Touch 'n Go card at a reader. In addition, the agency explains, the deployment is designed to eliminate issues that were associated with the system previously in place—battery depletion, for example, since RFID stickers do not require batteries.

A user's Touch 'n Go eWallet is linked to his or her RFID sticker, and the individual can reload it using a smartphone app. Installation is being carried out at 18 stationary and 112 mobile fitment centers throughout Malaysia, and the use of the RFID sticker is free at present, other than the toll charges. According to the agency, users should make sure their eWallet holds sufficient funds before entering a highway, in order to avoid problems during toll collection.

Touch 'n Go has been conducting public trials since 2018 involving RFID technology, and the agency reports that the number of users registered to utilize the system is currently at more than 830,000. The trial period's extension was so that the company could address several problems, LLM explains. The rollout, according to the agency, is the first step toward the government's planned Multi-lane Free Flow (MLFF) system, which it expects to implement within two years.

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