Russian road-pricing integrated-solutions pioneer RUTOLL, in cooperation with the leading global producer of semiconductors – NXP Semiconductors N.V., is proceeding with development of the technology behind secured high-frequency RFID tags: UCODE DNA, for application in motorway-tolling systems.

In April 2015, NXP Semiconductors announced the mass production of chips for high-frequency secured RFID tags with cutting-edge UCODE DNA technology – a revolutionary combination of cryptographic authentication, high-speed and impressive reading distance. With these important advantages, RFID tags can be used as a means of registration and payment on toll motorways. High-speed and extensive read range will enable non-stop passage through collection points, while cryptographic authentication will provide for data security and fraud protection.

Immediately following the announcement, RUTOLL and NXP Semiconductors conducted research on application of the new technology in tolling systems within the RUTOLL testing area in St. Petersburg. RUTOLL has already provided operating solutions for the М-4 Don Highway, the Odintsovo City Northern Bypass М-1 Belarus, and the Western High-Speed Diameter in St. Petersburg, and is eager to share its experience in NXP toll collection by way of initiating and developing the partnership.

“Collaborative research demonstrates the superb applicability of secured RFID tags with UCODE DNA chips for non-stop vehicle registration and payment for passage in motorway tolling systems,” says Igor Boyarenko, NXP Semiconductors Director for Business Development in Identification. “The unique combination of cryptographic protection and such properties as high-speed and long-range reading provides exceptional prospects for the application of secured tags in the tolling industry. It is as reliable and safe to use the secured UCODE DNA tags for toll payment as it is to use proximity banking cards and electronic ID cards.”

The main drawback of traditional electronic means of registration and transport ticketing is their high cost, difficult deployment and battery-limited service life (especially in cold environments).

Unlike traditional payment collection systems, secured RFID tags with UCODE DNA chips – since no battery is involved – have an unlimited service life, are inexpensive and easy to deploy.

This makes the application of secured RFID tags with UCODE DNA chips in the road-tolling industry a viable long-term solution. RUTOLL and NXP Semiconductors plan to continue promoting the secured tags in the industry and release new products.