EFKON Asia Believes Highway Concessionaires Should Add Additional SmartTag Lanes

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EFKON Asia Sdn Bhd, the Austrian technology provider of the Infra-Red (IR) toll collection system on Malaysian highways, believes that the authorities and highway concessionaires should increase SmartTAG lanes, in news reported by Bernama.

Blasch and EFKON Asia Pushing for More SmartTag Lanes

EFKON Director Helmuth Blasch explained that, this year alone around 75 per cent of the 270,000 new passenger cars and commercial vehicles registered in Peninsular Malaysia until September 2021 came with either a SmartTAG compatible built-in toll reader or portable device.

“In Germany, the Nationwide Truck Tolling System installed on all highways in a Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) configuration has proven to be highly effective, catering to more than two million trucks travelling at up to 100 km/h. The technology uses a similar IR technology to Malaysia, which validates payments. We have also replicated this test in Malaysia. Our SmartTAG compatible units comply with DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) standards and are ECE R10 certified.”

Working closely with local SmartTAG compatible device manufacturers, EFKON Asia has continuously introduced upgrades to improve the user experience. Blasche explained, “For highway concessionaires, we are now offering new lane side antennas at subsidised cost to upgrade the performance of SmartTAG lanes to ensure smoother traffic flow. In Q1/2022, we will be moving towards digitalisation by enabling Bluetooth connection between our devices and smartphones and car media systems. Connection to an e-wallet for easy top-ups will also be possible.”

Source: Bernama

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Adrian, located in Madrid, is joining the editorial team as a correspondent for the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group. Before starting in 2020 for Truck & Bus News, Adrian graduated with an English degree before working within marketing and recruitment in the non-profit sector. Recently he changed direction, undertaking a course in Marketing and International Business as a means towards moving into the journalism field, which he counts as his lifelong ambition.

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