Out With the Old in With the New

This article discusses a program that modernizes road tolling equipment on Turkey’s national highway network, which has resulted in what is arguably Europe’s most advanced toll system. Turkey has introduced a new system of technology for charging for use of its 2000km national highway network, which is heralded as the first full-scale use of passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for electronic open road tolling in Europe. The new Fast Passing System (HGS) is an upgrade of Turkey’s existing Automatic Passing System (OGS) technology, which uses active RFID boxes in vehicles. OGS is being gradually phased out as vehicle owners in Turkey sign up to the new system and fit the thinner windscreen mounted HGS tags. Significantly, the project has opted to install a system based on the ISO 18000 6C standard, eschewing the European CEN alternative. This may seem surprising the European Union (EU) and appear to be a giant leap backwards for interoperability, but the Turkish system developers have moved quickly to counter such fears. The article describes how Turkey has been gradually modernizing its national tolling system. In December 2012 the country removed the last of its card passing system, following the launch of the new HGS system in September of last year. All 94 of Turkey’s highway entry and exit and bridge toll plazas are now equipped with HGS tag readers, but not at all plaza lanes.


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  • Accession Number: 01482878
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2013 4:42PM