San Miguel Corporation is targeting to open more AutoSweep RFID installation centers. Recently, the company that operates SLEX, Skyway, STAR Tollway, NAIAX, and TPLEX announced that it's targeting to operate a total of 156 RFID installation sites by the end of December.
Currently, SMC has reported that they have opened 42 new stations in the last two weeks. Combined with the 53 stations the company had as of November, they now have 95 stations in total. In the near future, an additional 61 installation stations will be put up.
“We’re glad to report that we are on track to deliver on our promise to open 100 additional RFID stations. In fact, it will be a little more than that. Our bulk orders of RFID tags from abroad have been arriving as scheduled, so we’ve also been able to gradually open more stations—42 new ones as of last count,” said Ang.
But with most of the active installation sites located inside the expressways – including gas stations, where will the additional 61 sites open? According to Ang, the remaining 61 outlets will be located outside the expressways. That way, these installation sites will be able to serve more motorists, particularly non-frequent expressway users.
These new sites will be put up at gas stations, malls, transport terminals, local government offices, LTO facilities, churches, and even major arenas. This is on top of the AutoSweep RFID caravan program wherein wing vans will be deployed to barangays and villages to conduct RFID stickering.
“We hear the clamor from the public to make RFID installation even more accessible. We hope that these efforts will help make it easier for more people to avail of their free RFID stickers. We will continue to evaluate our efforts and put in place all the improvements and adjustments necessary to make it better for everyone,” added Ang.
Besides increasing the number of RFID installation sites, the company will also maintain one cash lane per toll plaza. That way, vehicles with no RFID stickers may still be allowed to enter the expressway and be given an AutoSweep RFID sticker in order to avoid traffic congestion at toll plazas.
Last December 1, SMC reported that there were no major traffic gridlocks that occurred at its expressways. The company attributed this to their AutoSweep system that they claim has a 98% read rate, and a detection range of up to 5 meters – resulting in a faster flow of vehicles passing through the toll gates.