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RFID Interoperability Best Practices Guideline

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Interoperability

Power of One

Interoperability leads to the Power of One

  • One onboard device per vehicle
  • One account
  • One phone number to call

When customers of multiple agencies overlap, there are opportunities to increase convenience and overall customer satisfaction while reducing agency operating costs. The RFID Interoperability Best Practice Guideline is a valuable resource for public and private transportation agencies seeking greater efficiency by streamlining identification technologies.

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The Guideline explains:

  • RFID technologies
  • Industry trends
  • Strategies for achieving interoperability

Three ways to implement interoperability:

  1. Physical level
    (using compatible onboard units and roadside equipment)
  2. Back-office level
    (sharing information to widen the base of known customers and sharing administrative resources)
  3. Business process level
    (coordinating policies or rules to reduce overall operations complexity)

RFID can be used to verify commercial vehicle credentials, grant vehicle access to facilities, and assign vehicle charges for use of facilities. The vehicle identification is used as a link to access other information needed by the application(s) such as vehicle owner, vehicle characteristics, safety and registration compliance status, and payment account status.

The Guideline also presents a case study of the Vancouver initiative between TransLink, Transportation Investment Corp., and BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, which are working together to achieve multiple levels of interoperability between Golden Ears Bridge tolling, Port Mann Bridge tolling, and the Weigh2GoBC commercial vehicle program.

Successfully integrating RFID requires commitment from management, finance, and operations personnel at all participating agencies. Review the Guidline to see how such cooperation can lead to significant gains for both agencies and customers.