CELECT provides broad range of hardware and software applications for Electronic Toll Collection including the systems used for FASTag and cashless parking automations.
What is FASTag?
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India, operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
It employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account linked to it or directly toll owner.
It is affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle and enables to drive through toll plazas without stopping for transactions.
The tag can be purchased from official Tag issuers or participating Banks and if it is linked to a prepaid account, then recharging or top-up can be as per requirement.
As per NHAI, FASTag has unlimited validity. Dedicated Lanes at most of the Toll plazas have been built for FASTag.
FASTag is mandatory throughout India now with majority of the Toll Plazas accepting it as the only mode of transit and the remaining are in the process to do so.
What is Electronic toll collection?
Electronic toll collection (ETC) is a wireless system to automatically collect the usage fee or toll charged to vehicles using toll roads, HOV lanes, toll bridges, and toll tunnels.
It is a faster alternative which is replacing toll booths, where vehicles must stop and the driver manually pays the toll with cash or a card.
In most systems, vehicles using the system are equipped with a windshield based RFID tag.
When the vehicle passes a roadside toll reader device, a radio signal from the reader triggers the transponder,
which transmits back an identifying number which registers the vehicle's use of the road, and an electronic payment system charges the user the toll.
A major advantage is the driver does not have to stop, reducing traffic delays.
Electronic tolling is cheaper than a staffed toll booth, reducing transaction costs for government or private road owners.
The ease of varying the amount of the toll makes it easy to implement road congestion pricing, including for high-occupancy lanes,
toll lanes that bypass congestion, and city-wide congestion charges.
The payment system usually requires users to sign up in advance and load money into a prepaid account, which is debited each time they pass a toll point.