​LTA to Test Satellite-Based ERP and Number Plate Recognition Camera Systems

Published by on . Updated on 1 Jul 2020

Motorist Satellite Erp Testing(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be testing new traffic management systems on selected expressways and major roads from today till 2019.

Don’t be alarmed if you spot new traffic cameras on the roads, because LTA is rolling out trials for future traffic management systems.

Motorist Satellite Erp Testing 2(Photo Credit: LTA)

These systems include Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) beacons.

According to LTA, these technologies will leverage on satellite navigation to test the performance and reliability of a satellite-based ERP system, which the government will be rolling out progressively from 2020.

For those unaware, this next generation ERP system will track vehicles on the road and charge motorists based on distance instead of a flat rate.

"These technologies do not require heavy physical infrastructure and will be mounted on existing roadside infrastructure such as overhead bridges, overhead gantry signages, lamp posts, as well as EMAS gantries," said LTA in a statement.

This satellite-based system will also have coverage island-wide. For areas with weak coverage, the DSRC beacons will be used to extend signal strength.

An aging lifespan is one of the reasons why the government has plans to replace the existing ERP system. Implemented in 1998, they are becoming more expensive and difficult to maintain. In fact, the operating and maintenance cost of the current ERP system have risen by “80 per cent” over the past 10 years.

Refer to the image below to find out where the new traffic managements systems will be tested. These systems will be operational from today till 2019.

Motorist Satellite Erp Testing 3(Photo Credit: LTA)

Are you looking forward to a satellite-based ERP system? Let us know your thoughts below.

Source: Today

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