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Ekovest starts piloting MLFF tolls on DUKE

Ekovest starts piloting MLFF tolls on DUKE

Highway franchisee Ekovest is working with technology partner Amtel Holdings to run a test run of a multi-lane rapid flow (MLFF) system on its highways, according to a report. The ledge.

Ekovest CEO Tan Sri Lim Keng Cheng said that Ekovest has been conducting a proof of concept (POC) test for its MLFF system with Amtel since late 2022 as part of an initiative to reduce congestion and accident on the highway.

Proof of concept privacy sees its highway, Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) and Amtel aim to showcase the compatibility of on-board unit (OBU) systems with the technology. MLFF in the future, relies on cameras for license plate recognition, Lim said. In fact, the integration capabilities of the two technologies are “not too different” from the electronic road pricing (ERP) system used in Singapore, Lim added.

Ekovest starts piloting MLFF tolls on DUKE

Electronic Road Pricing Gateway (ERP) in Singapore

“Private POC is going well now and DUKE intends to share its findings with the Ministry of Works (KKR) and Highways Malaysia (LLM) for their consideration with the technology supplier. MLFF,” said Lim The ledge.

DUKE is the second highway to participate in the POC test for the MLFF system, Lim said; the first is the Sungai Besi (Besraya) expressway owned by IJM, according to reports.

Chester Koid CEO Siang Loong said Amtel is still working to refine the efficiency of the MLFF system. “MLFF is a big game changer for Malaysian highway users. Once both Ekovest and Amtel are satisfied with the results of the MLFF test, we will submit it to KKR for their review,” said Koid.

Ekovest starts piloting MLFF tolls on DUKE

According to Koid, two main components are involved in the implementation of MLFF; This is a camera-based automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system and a card-based, battery-powered system to deduct tolls, Koid explains.

“I believe that using a battery-powered device such as an OBU, commonly known as an In-Car Unit (IU) in Singapore, will ensure better results than sticker cards. As we move towards MLFF, introducing RFID or other alternative devices as an option to support MLFF is a nice initiative, but we should not forget highway users with equipment. currently works perfectly fine and [don’t want to] burdened with buying new devices or cards,” he said.

Both infrared – such as SmartTag – And based on RFID The report says systems can coexist, and ultimately Koid urges tech companies to continue innovating and improving their products and services.

In March of this year, the Ministry of Works announced that five highways in Malaysia will begin testing. open the payment system to collect fees this Septemberand this announcement was quickly followed by a statement that the government would hold a proof of concept for the MLFF before the end of October 2023 to evaluate the system.


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