In a world where SmartTAG lanes are sometimes more congested than regular Touch n’ Go lanes, it’s obvious that the black piece of technology isn’t that smart after all.
SmartTAG, the toll-payment device that doesn’t require motorists to wind down their windows at toll booths, will slowly be phased out and replaced by RFID (radio frequency identification) system. You can say that RFID has outsmarted SmartTAG.
According to The Star, RFID will officially replace SmartTAG in all highways starting January 2019. As of now, Touch ‘n Go will cease the sales of SmartTAG devices at all of its authorised channels effective yesterday (Aug 8).
Meanwhile, motorists are still able to use SmartTAG, Touch ‘n Go and MyKad to make toll-payment on all highways as RFID commences its pilot phase this September.
RFID uses a newer technology that has already been used in countries like Taiwan, United States, and Argentina. To use it, motorists have to stick a piece of sticker embedded with an RF chip on the windscreen. According to the daily, the chip is unique to each vehicle and it will be linked to the Touch ‘n Go eWallet where users can monitor the transaction and balances, as well as top up its credit via online banking or debit/credit cards.
Touch ‘n Go will extend RFID pilot phase and invite the members of the public to try out the new seamless payment system. The company will adjust its system accordingly based on the findings from this pilot study before it officially rolls out next year.
If you are interested to partake in this trial phase, you can register it at touchngo.com.my by submitting your contact details. Within weeks, you will receive an email from the company to key in your vehicle’ s information and you will be prompted to make an appointment for RFID installations through the TNG RFID Portal’s appointment system. TNG RFID Portal will go online this September 3. Here are the highways that are currently equipped with RFID lanes:
- Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway (KLK)
- Damansara – Puchong Expressway (LDP)
- Kemuning – Shah Alam Highway (LKSA)
- Cheras – Kajang Highway (GRANDSAGA)
- Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU)
- Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
- Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
- Maju Expressway (MEX)
- Duta – Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
- Stormwater Management And Road Tunnel (SMART)
- New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
- Besraya Expressway (BESRAYA)
- Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT)
- Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR)
- Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
- Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
Finally, Malaysia dah maju! Even some guarded residential use similar tech and it works every time. Best of all, it doesn’t require a battery. Nine-volt batteries use in SmartTAGs are not cheap you know.
Share this news with your friends and family! Be sure to sign up for the trial ya.