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By Carmela Reyes-Estrope, INQUIRER.net

North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) toll lanes in Bulacan and Pampanga will start using the automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system beginning by December and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) by January 2022 as part of the company’s continuous upgrading of its toll collection system.

Toll lanes in Meycauayan, Bocaue, Balagtas, Tabang, Sta. Rita in Bulacan and San Fernando, and Angeles in Pampanga will be furnished with the new early detection system starting next month.

The upgrades, aimed at further improving customer experience, will bring the total number of NLEX and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) lanes with the ALPR system to 95 and with early detection feature to 217.

This ALPR system uses smart cameras that read vehicle license plates for easier matching of motorists’ RFID transactions.

NLEX Corp. President and General Manager Luigi Bautista said they initially implemented the ALPR system in NLEX Balintawak and in Valenzuela City particularly in Mindanao, Karuhatan, and Paso de Blas.

Toll lanes in SCTEX Tarlac have also been equipped with the said system.

The RFID early detection feature will be implemented in 29 more toll lanes starting January 2022 to boost RFID detection capability.

With this, enhanced RFID scanners can detect up to three vehicles in advance and promptly process the toll lane transactions, Bautista added.

The tollway company has earlier completed the installation of RFID early detection features in 188 toll lanes. It is continuously conducting comprehensive technical audit on its toll lanes to ensure system efficiency.

Bautista said the ALPR system is also useful in improving safety and enforcing traffic laws as it aids in identifying vehicles passing the RFID lanes without RFID stickers, as well as those with insufficient balance, and vehicles that may pose safety hazards.

Additionally, the data from the ALPR will be used in the future as part of the contactless apprehension policy which NLEX and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are currently working on.

“Technology keeps on evolving and it is imperative to stay up-to-date and relevant. We continue to innovate and invest in technological advancements as these help us provide paramount service to our motorists,” Bautista added.

NLEX Corporation is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC).

IN PHOTO COURTESY OF NLEX CORP.: The Candaba viaduct along the North Luzon Expressway

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