Touch ‘n Go (TNG) today invites Malaysians to be future ready with RFID technology. Following the success of its 18-month pilot programme that saw one million Malaysians coming on board the RFID journey, the company announced that the TNG RFID tag will be made available for purchase at a retail price of MYR35 per tag across all of its fitment centres nationwide.
In conjunction with the launch, Touch ‘n Go announced a promotion for the growing TNG RFID community. From 15 February until 15 April 2020, 40 lucky winners will walk away with the Ultimate RFID Toll Pass worth MYR2,500, credited into their Touch ‘n Go eWallet.
Commenting on the RFID pilot programme, Syahrunizam Samsudin, chief executive officer of Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd said, “…now it is time for us to move forward and continue to expand the use of RFID technology together with our partners across the mobility ecosystem. This includes fuelling, parking, retail drive-thrus.”
He said that RFID technology is an important component of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS); it propels Malaysia to the level of countries such as Singapore, Taiwan and China.
Malaysia is now part of a global RFID community where over 70.5 million RFID-enabled vehicles are connected. The RFID tag market is expected to grow at a compounded rate of seven percent between 2017-2022, with the Asia Pacific region spearheading this growth.
“We want to double the number of RFID users to 2 million by this year,” said the TNG CEO as he thanked the one million Malaysians we became part of its RFID pilot programme. He added that the TNG RFID system recorded a 99 percent transaction success rate.
The introduction of RFID is aligned with the government’s efforts towards multi-lane free flow (MLFF) highways and improving the highway experience for motorists.
What is TNG RFID?
TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses a passive RFID tag to pass through RFID-enabled toll booths. The RFID tag is an embedded radio-frequency (RF) chip that is affixed to either the windscreen (usually top left) or the headlamp of the vehicle. When a vehicle passes through the RFID toll lane, an overhead scanner “reads” the radio frequency from the TNG tag. The toll fare is deducted from the user’s linked Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.
The RIFD system is currently available for all Class 1 vehicles across 23 highways. There are three different types of RFID lanes: dedicated RFID, hybrid SmarTAG-RFID and hybrid TNG-RFID lanes.
Come 1 April 2020, all PLUS highways will be RFID-enabled.
How to get started with RFID
- Download Touch ‘n Go eWallet mobile app
- Register your personal and vehicle details on the RFID registration portal
- No car documents are required, only NRIC. An authorisation letter is required if the eWallet user and vehicle owner is different.
- Walk in to the nearest authorised RFID fitment centre (no appointment is necessary).
- Information vertification and payment (after 15 February) prior to installation
- You will receive an SMS notification on RFID tag activationand usage readiness
- Always ensure that your eWallet balance is sufficient. For added convenience, enable Auto Reload.
Touch ‘n Go will offer first-time free replacement coverage that covers damage or theft of RFID tags.
Compared to other countries like Singapore, Australia and Taiwan, the TNG RFID tag costs considerably lower and will be more versatile with more use cases to be rolled out soon.
On the subject of dormant Touch ‘n Go cards, you are not subjected to “dormant activities” when your card is added to the eWallet.
Touch ‘n Go is also enabling faster e-refunds where value of under MYR10 will be refunded immediately. Otherwise, refunds will take between 7-14 days.
For more information, visit https://rfid.touchngo.com.my/