Touch ‘n Go begins RFID pilot testing in Penang

Pilot programme covers three tolled highways, two fitment centres
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After rolling out the second phase of its RFID pilot programme in the Klang Valley last month, Touch ‘n Go (“TnG”) is opening registration for pilot test users in Penang. This is the first location outside of the Klang Valley for TnG’s pilot test programme.

The list of highways enabled with TnG RFID in Penang include:

  • Butterworth Kulim Expressway (BKE)
  • Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR)
  • Penang Second Bridge

Unfortunately, the Penang Bridge is not TnG RFID enabled yet, but this should come soon. TnG said that once the Penang Bridge is RFID enabled, TnG users who live and work in Penang will be entitled to 20% discount on toll payments.

TnG also announced that there will be two RFID fitment centres in Penang namely Bok Tyre & Battery (Bayan Lepas) and Well Done Auto Service Centre (Bukit Mertajam).

To sign up for the pilot test, head over to TNG’s RFID registration page.

Once you’re accepted into the programme, you’ll need to get the RFID sticker installed at an authorised fitment centre. Installation and testing take no longer than 15 minutes. Note that your vehicle must be registered you (or you’re an authorised driver) and the vehicle must be Malaysian registered. You will also need to download the Touch ‘n Go app which contains the eWallet. Toll charges are deducted from the eWallet.

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The RFID sticker is usually installed on the windscreen or headlamp, depending on the optimal position for detection determined by the authorised installer.

For the time being, TnG RFID is free for users.

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What’s RFID?

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a contactless communication technology that facilitates secure authentication and payment transactions. TnG’s RFID system uses a radio frequency chip embedded on a sticker that’s fixed to a vehicle.

When an RFID-enabled vehicle passes through a toll, an overhead scanner reads the radio-frequency signal from the RFID sticker and charges the toll fare. The RFID sticker is linked to a TnG eWallet.

Supported tolls have toll booths marked with RFID signage – usually either a dedicated RFID lane, RFID + Touch ‘n Go or RFID + SmartTAG lane.

TNG targets to roll out RFID officially in January 2019.

Existing SmartTAG devices can still be used at all highways. However, TnG stopped selling SmartTAG device on 8 September 2018.

For more information about RFID, visit TNG.

Source: Touch ‘n Go Facebook

Header image credit: Ah Wei (Flickr)



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