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Average Speed Enforcement in Thailand (Video)

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Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) using Smart&Secure™ provides a secure, versatile, reliable and cost efficient method of implementing:

Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR)
Electronic Tolling (eTolling)
Average Speed Monitoring
Public Transport Journey Time Management
Commercial Vehicle Tracking
Commercial Vehicle Tracking
Access Control
Parking Lot Management

 

Kollakorn's Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) tags are specifically engineered and extensively tested for long-term use in all kinds of weather conditions – from snow to the tropics and even the desert.

To complete the AVI hardware solution, Kollakorn uses high performance, weather proofed (IP 67-rated) RFID readers and this combination ensures unbeatable performance in terms of reliability, read distance, speed and most importantly, data security. For open road applications such as e-Tolling and Average Speed Monitoring, the reader is able to read the Kollakorn AVI tag from 15 meters away* and at speeds of over 170 km/h. For lower speed applications such as access control, gated toll plazas and parking lot management, a lower-speed reader is recommended.


Smart&Secure™ Case Study
SmartRFID: The Thai EVR Program (TEVR)

Thailand has approximately 27 million vehicles with an estimated growth rate of 1 million vehicles per year. According to the Thai Department of Land Transport (DLT), it is also estimated that 5 million vehicles are unregistered or do not renew their annual registrations. This not only results in the loss of vehicle tax income, but also means that the motorists are uninsured and could be operating non-roadworthy vehicles. This non-compliance with safety standards often results in higher numbers of road incidents.

In February 2010, the DLT awarded a contract to Kollakorn Co., Ltd (Kollakorn Thailand) to implement and manage an Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR) program in Thailand using passive RFID to tag vehicles, in an effort to recover lost registration and enforce compliance.

They chose Kollakorn's tamper indicating Headlamp tag as 60% of the country's vehicle population are motorcycles and passenger vehicles often have metalized windshield tinting that inhibits RFID tag performance. In this first phase of EVR, 450 fixed readers have been installed in Bangkok, Greater Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. EVR is marketed to motorists as SMARTRFID™.

From June 1, 2011, 1000 public passenger mini-vans were tagged in order to use the Don Muang Tollway as part of a pilot project to monitor speeding. Readers installed on the tollway monitor the average speed of these public transport vehicles. This initiative is to curb excessive speeding on the tollway, which has resulted in a number of fatalities in the recent years. This pilot was a great success.

On April 1, 2012, the DLT made it mandatory for all public passenger mini-vans to be tagged in order to operate on the Don Muang Tollway. With Average Speed Enforcement in place, the number of accidents involving fatalities along the Tollway fell from 92 in June 2011 to 7 in June 2012. The DLT has since expanded Average Speed Enforcement to many more Tollways in and around Greater Bangkok.

The next phase of the Average Speed Enforcement programme will see commercial vehicles carrying Hazardous cargo and other commercial and public vehicles requiring tags in order to use the Tollways. Fewer speed-related incidents on the Tollways will see a reduction in congestion, air pollution and economic impact on the community.

Don Muang Tollway will be introducing Electronic Tolling Collection (ETC) using the Kollakorn Tag through a pilot project commencing September 2012. This will be the first application of passive RFID AVI technology for ETC in Thailand.

Motorists who have moved to SmartRFID are starting to see the benefits of the program. They now have access to web-based real-time traffic monitoring and there are plans for real time traffic reports for mobile devices, parking lot management, electronic tolling, access control and border controls.


* The fixed reader in a non-frequency hopping mode can read the Kollakorn Headlamp tag from 15 meters away, and can read and write back data at 180 km/h based on the latest speed test conducted in the field in Thailand in June 2011.