Earlier this May, NLEX Corporation started pilot testing the automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system at 25 toll lanes in Valenzuela City. Unlike regular RFID scanners, the ALPR system uses smart cameras that can actually recognize license plates.

For NLEX. this will help hasten RFID transactions, improve safety, as well as help enforce traffic laws against violators easier.

Fast forward to now, and it looks like the pilot testing was a success. That's because NLEX recently announced that they will be equipping more lanes along NLEX and SCTEX with the ALPR system by December 2021.

Together with the RFID early detection features that will also be installed, these upgrades are aimed at further improving the customer experience. Once they are installed, the total number of lanes equipped with ALPR with early detection will rise from 95 to 217. The toll lanes in Meycauayan, Bocaue, Balagtas, Tabang, Sta. Rita, San Fernando, and Angeles will be furnished with the new system starting next month.

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“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,” said J. Luigi L. Bautista, NLEX Corporation president and general manager.

Besides being used for RFID collection and for enforcing traffic laws along the expressways, NLEX says the data collected from the ALPR system will be used in the future as part of the contactless apprehension policy which NLEX and Land Transportation Office (LTO) are currently working on.

Meanwhile, 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.

With the holiday rush upon us once again, NLEX's ALPR system should provide the necessary help in making RFID-based toll transactions faster and easier.