IHMCL’s nation-wide Electronic Toll Collection Program is about implementing unified and interoperable ETC solution for National Highways in India based onRFID technology conforming to EPC Gen-2, ISO 18000-6C standards. Through ETC Program, we aim to facilitate seamless movement by offering ETC services across all tolled roadsin India.
ETC Program further aims to serve as open platform for development of services like congestion or cordon pricing, collection of parking fees, automated collection of fines/challans by police authorities, payment of road tax and other duties and plethora of other services.
Nation-wide interoperable ETC program entails setting up of Central Clearing House (CCH) for clearing and settlement of toll transactions, and installation of ETC systems at the toll plazas.
For convenience of road users, Point of Saleswould be established at convenient locations like toll plazas, fuel stations, vehicle service stations etc. throughout the country. The road user can approach a Point of Salesterminal and register for the ETC Program. On the successful completion of a registration process a RFID tag, that uniquely identifies the vehicle, will be issued and affixed on the windshield the vehicles. The vehicle then would be able to electronically pay toll fess at all the dedicated ETC lanes without stopping at toll plazas.
The ETC services will be available to road users as prepaid service, and the ETC accounts can be recharged using various payment options available at Point of Sales or through online portal.
The project owners enrolling with IHMCL’s nation-wide ETC program will have to set up dedicated ETC lanes at their toll plaza, which would be integrated with the CCH.
When a vehicle approaches ETC lane, the plaza ETC systems will check whether the vehicle is mounted with valid RFID tag registered with ETC program and has positive account balance. ETC transaction files are generated for vehicles with valid tag and positive account balance and the vehicle would be allowed to pass. Other vehicles entering ETC lanes would be guided out via ejection lane mechanism to adjacent manual cash lanes, where they would be allowed to pass after paying toll fee and a penalty.
The ETC transaction files generated at toll plazas are sent to CCH for debiting appropriate toll fee from the account of registered vehicle and crediting the same to respective toll collection agency. The road users will also get SMS alert for each ETC transaction.