SmartTAG

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This article describes the toll collection system in Malaysia. For the toll collection system in Virginia, United States, see Smart Tag.

SmartTAG (acronym in Malay for Sistem Membayar Automatik Rangkaian Tol or "Toll Network Automatic Payment Systems") is an on-board unit (OBU) vehicle-based device used as an electronic toll collection (ETC) system over long distances (maximum 15 metres) to complement Touch 'n Go, a card-based system. It was first introduced in Malaysia in 1999 and is also used as an Entrance Access Security.

Features[edit]

Main article: Touch 'n Go

SmartTAG was designed, developed and manufactured by Teras Teknologi Sdn Bhd as an extension of the Touch 'n Go system, initially as a replacement of PLUS TAG. It is being marketed by Touch 'n Go Sdn Bhd (formerly Rangkaian Segar Sdn Bhd).

The intellectual property rights to the SmartTag belong to the an Austrian company known as EFKON Gmbh. The president of EFKON, Dr Helmut Rieder, was the one who set up a joint venture with UEM to form Infrared Advance Technology Sdn Bhd (IRAT).

The SmartTAG is currently priced at RM130 per unit inclusive of free Touch ‘n Go card with RM10 reload value. This is a subsidised price as UEM has to pay royalty to EFKON for each SmartTag assembled by IRAT.

Built on a non-stop Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) philosophy, SmartTAG incorporated infra-red communication that communicated with infra-red transceivers mounted at the ceilings of toll plazas to allow vehicle drivers to drive through SmartTAG dedicated lanes and pay toll without stopping. It is designed to process up to 1,200 vehicles per hour.

The SmartTAG infra-red technology cannot handle the requirement for Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF). It will be replaced by the microwave 5.8 GHz transponder systems which are currently undergoing testing under the purview of Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).

History[edit]

A typical entrance of SmartTAG lanes on Malaysian expressways.

Prior to the introduction of SmartTAG, several different types of non-stop ETC were already being used in Malaysia:

SmartTAG was officially launched on 15 March 1999, phasing out PLUS TAG at over 20 plazas of Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (PLUS) / North-South Expressway (NSE):

  1. Batu Tiga
  2. Sungai Rasau
  3. Shah Alam
  4. Seafield
  5. USJ
  6. KLIA
  7. Jalan Duta
  8. Bukit Raja
  9. Damansara
  10. Subang
  11. Sungai Besi
  12. UPM
  13. Kajang
  14. Bangi
  15. Seremban
  16. Port Dickson Utara dan Selatan
  17. Senawang
  18. Bukit Beruntung
  19. Rawang
  20. Sungai Buloh
  21. Lembah Beringin
  22. Bidor
  23. Tapah
  24. Ipoh
  25. Kuala Kangsar
  26. Taiping
  27. Jawi
  28. Bukit Tambun
  29. Bertam
  30. Sungai Petani
  31. Gurun
  32. Pendang
  33. Alor Star
  34. Ayer Hitam

The system was then expanded to include 4 toll plazas of North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE) from Bukit Beruntung to Senawang.

In December 2003, Minister of Works, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu directed the implementation of a single ETC nationwide as a form of standardisation and convenience of use for road users. The directive requires all major toll operators in Malaysia to have a minimum of 2 Touch 'n Go and 1 SmartTAG lanes per direction at every plazas. The directive was gradually implemented by all major toll operators in July 2004 and marked the cessation of other types of non-stop ETCs in Malaysia.

In 2004, SmartTAG expanded as entrance access security for residential area. It was first (currently only) deployed at Ledang Heights Bungalow Park, in Nusajaya, Johor Bahru, a prestigious housing community developed by Nusajaya Land Sdn Bhd.

Usage of SmartTAG[edit]

SmartTAG marker on road
Specialised SmartTAG lanes are provided at major exit/entry toll plazas.

EPS Coverage[edit]

SmartTAG lanes are available at most toll plazas:

More lanes will be added progressively for new highway in the future.

Note: U/C - Under construction, U/D - Under Development

Entrance access security[edit]

To diversify the usages of SmartTAG and to attract further subscription of SmartTAG, Teras Teknologi with cooperation from Nusajaya Land Sdn Bhd, developer of Bandar Nusajaya implemented a secure Entrance Access Security for Ledang Heights Bungalow Park.

Touted as the Beverly Hills of Johor, Ledang Heights consists of 571 bungalow lots situated off the expressway to Singapore, North-South Expressway Central Link (NSECL/ELITE) and within six kilometres from the Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.

SmartTAG offer both security and convenience. Security is provided by two layers of electronic recognition required to access the perimeter; a SmartTAG unit and an assigned smartcard registered to the security department. These units have to be detected simultaneously on authorised vehicles to gain entry into Ledang Heights. SmartTAG and card assigned can also be used in all highways that adopt SmartTAG as an EPS.

Plans are underway for further adaptations of SmartTAG in other prestigious housing developments.

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