RFID for tolls more efficient than SmartTAG, it’s the path towards Multi-Lane Free Flow in 2025 – Fadillah

RFID for tolls more efficient than SmartTAG, it’s the path towards Multi-Lane Free Flow in 2025 – Fadillah

Parliament is back in session, which means that topics – current and not so current – will be brought up by the MPs. Due to the less-than-smooth rollout on PLUS’ North South Highway in January, RFID for toll payment is one such topic, and senior works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof had to explain.

He affirmed that Radio Frequency Identification is the way to go for Malaysia, and the system is superior to the infrared technology used by SmartTAG. According to Bernama, Fadillah said that RFID was seen to be more effective than infrared technology.

“The infrared technology used for SmartTag devices has not been proven in the implementation of the Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) system, compared to the RFID technology which has been widely adopted by developed countries that have implemented the toll collection system.

“The implementation of the RFID technology is in line with the government’s aim to introduce the MLFF toll collection system using the RFID technology and it is expected to be fully implemented by 2025,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, in response to question by Sabak Bernam MP Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh.

Rollout hiccup aside, the government’s stand on RFID and it being the base for eventual MLFF has been consistent – the works ministry has said it before and Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari reiterated the point of view last month. Fadillah also said that RFID usage has increased by 18% since the system’s introduction in 2017 (the TnG RFID public pilot programme actually started in late 2018).

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  • ismail on Mar 02, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Rfid lane problem is, only one lane entrance and only one lane exit. Compare to Smart Tag, you have at less 2 Lane entrances, Smart tags, or regular touch and go lanes. Last Friday at exit plus to Guthrie, long cue of the RFID lane due to only have an only lane. Why does this dude say efficient? I think he has no idea what he is talking about.

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    • Easy, just turn more SmartTag and TNG lanes into RFID. Lately on North South Highway, I see long cues on SmartTag lanes with many cars backing up and equally long cues on TNG lanes stuck with people reloading their credit.

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      • Yes but this, government removing the smart tag lanes for the rfid instead of removing tng lane.Theres even some place where they dont even have smart tag but instead have rfid

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        • Calvin on Mar 04, 2022 at 4:48 pm

          G should just abolish Smart Tag now that we have RFID. Better performing, no need worry device spoil, no need worry device gets stolen, no need worry out of battery, no need spend RM 90 for every replacement.

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    • Agreed. Recently forgotten that i use rfid to enter toll. Tried tng to exit cz rfid lane was too long queue. Wat a silly.

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Mar 03, 2022 at 11:51 am

      RFID credit must link to “minimum” AUTO top-up. Must have another BACKUP plan too (for example, Smartag no battery can use TnG card)

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  • sohai on Mar 02, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Sendiri cakap sendiri syok, lagi jam sekarang…

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  • The RFID tag should be installed by trained staff with detection device to ensure it works. Now you let people install themselves without ensuring it works sure stuck at toll lah. I know you said there are clear instructions on the manual, but look around, how many Malaysian know or willing to follow rules? Simple rule as give signal before turn and stop at red light also people don’t follow.

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  • If you feel better than SmartTAG, normal touch’n’go is even worst. Why not maintain SmartTAG and remove touch’n’go? Afraid that public know the truth that SmartTAG is better than RFID? Smell something fishy…Where is MACC?

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  • Tukar regular touch n go. Not the SmartTAG. Why so stupid change the Smart Tag. Then we know who talk bullshit here. Or somebody try to hide something

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    • Heavy vehicles still need TnGo.. maybe cannot put Smartag on lorry? or most left lane have no Smartag.

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  • Vezeroth on Mar 02, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    The rfid is way way way slower than the smart tag… what are they talking about.. there are crazy jams on the rfid lanes..

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  • Mr Coffee on Mar 02, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    It’s a step towards congestion charges

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  • best joker!

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  • Johanian2 on Mar 03, 2022 at 2:24 am

    Public would have supported RFID if it actually performed better than Smartag.
    But it does not.
    I am personally disappointed the RFIDs readers are not as fast as one would expect of a system so recently launched,
    Proof to the public in real life tests, back to back with Smartag, independently verified real world performance.
    Singapore system has been around for years and it still outperforms our miserably slow RFID.

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    • Fireace on Mar 03, 2022 at 11:00 pm

      RFID is definitely NOT faster than Smartag. I experiment many times, drive at same speed as the car to the next at RFID lane while I am at Smartag lane, both car slow down to identical speed at toll, both boom gate open same speed & time.

      Plus and government knew about this, that’s why even though they keep saying RFID is faster, there is no studies published comparing both tech in real world scenario, no numbers, no statistic, no nothing.

      This type of studies is so easy to do, just count numbers of car passed/minutes in peak hours when there is no short of car passing through. Don’t even need to do it LIVE, just count through the CCTV camera video footage which also act as auditable evidence.

      The main reason they are replacing Smartag lane with RFID is to artificially causing congestion at Smartag lane, thus causing the consumer having the FALSE impression that Smartag is slower compare to RFID lane. All these to justify their claim that RFID is better and hiding the fact that they screwed up, spending millions on technology which is no better than existing decades old Smartag system. And of course also the the usual songlap practice.

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  • Lew Chieh Nam on Mar 03, 2022 at 8:47 am

    I will be more interested to know all these if the toll collection goes to our national coffer which supposes to be the way to generate more national wealth. buy some smart-ass politician think it is better to give the collection right to some company for some reason, go figure!

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  • newme on Mar 03, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Whether it is more efficient or not, ask the users.

    What does ministers know about the efficiency when they have outriders clearing path for them.

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  • newme on Mar 03, 2022 at 9:03 am

    If it’s more efficient, we won’t be having this conversation now.

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  • Gabriel on Mar 03, 2022 at 9:46 am

    If PH keep their promise of abolishing tolls, we will not be here discussing about this.
    Janji dicapati.

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  • Ben Yap on Mar 03, 2022 at 9:51 am

    the probability of cars getting stucked at RFID lanes due to unable to detect is higher than Smart tag. anytime i will prefer smart tag over RFID..

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  • anak menteri on Mar 03, 2022 at 10:41 am

    guna camera no plate recognition jelah.. free tak payah beli rfid sticker. no plate boleh register dlm mana-mana e-wallet, bukan monopoli tng shj. come on takkan takde menteri yg bijak sikit ke? at least staff keliling menteri kena jadi bijak kalo dpt menteri yg bodoh.

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  • newme on Mar 03, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Efficient in what aspect?

    It’s definitely not efficient in its usability by looking at the number of failed transaction and long jam at toll plaza.

    So efficient in what way? Money perhaps?

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  • Helen Ryder on Mar 03, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    RFID still in the trying stage. I would wait until it is properly confirmed user friendly, before I dare to think about it. What’s wrong with the old ways of paying tolls. Is it really need to be in a rush. Many are preferred to drive in a comfortable moderate pace. So stressful when things are pushing too hard on you. We are not in Singapore. They have no choice as they need to improve to survive. To me, Every improvement seems to give me more stress and headache. I am comfortable with my touch and go card. Fast enough for me. Life is to live and not to rush.

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  • Try lah tampal your RFID on your forehead and go for MRT ride. If the gate opens, i will opt to RFID in a heartbeat.

    (If one fine day i eventually use RFID..I will then ask my kids some cash deposits for the tolls before they can borrow my car. Now, they are using their own TnG cards)

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  • Uraaa on Mar 04, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Mana effecient..smart tag relax jer..RFID yang gelabah puyuh bila sampai kat tol..undurn..ke depan..undur …ke depan

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