NHAI Seeks Global EOI for GNSS-Based Electronic Toll Collection System in India

NHAI Seeks Global EOI for GNSS-Based Electronic Toll Collection System in India
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is advancing towards a seamless tolling experience on National Highways by inviting a Global Expression of Interest (EOI) for the implementation of a GNSS-based Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system. Spearheaded by the Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL), a subsidiary promoted by NHAI, the initiative aims to enhance the efficiency and transparency of toll operations across India.
This EOI seeks to attract innovative and qualified global companies capable of developing and deploying a robust and scalable Toll Charger Software that will underpin the GNSS-based ETC system. This new system aims to integrate with the current FASTag ecosystem, initially using a hybrid model where RFID-based ETC and GNSS-based ETC operate in parallel. Dedicated GNSS lanes will be established at toll plazas, allowing vehicles using the GNSS-based system to pass through without stopping. Eventually, all lanes will be converted to GNSS lanes as the system becomes widespread.
The EOI outlines a comprehensive implementation plan and invites suggestions to ensure the system's effectiveness. Interested companies are encouraged to submit their interest via email to [tenders@ihmcl.com](mailto:tenders@ihmcl.com) by 1500 hrs (IST) on July 22, 2024.
The GNSS-based ETC system leverages advanced satellite technology to facilitate barrier-free tolling and distance-based toll collection, enhancing the overall travel experience on National Highways. Users will pay tolls based on the exact distance traveled, leading to a more equitable tolling system. The technology is expected to eliminate toll plazas' physical barriers, allowing for free-flowing traffic and reducing congestion and travel time.
In addition to improving the user experience, the GNSS-based ETC system is anticipated to streamline toll collection processes, reduce revenue leakages, and effectively deter toll evasion. This advanced system will also contribute to environmental benefits by reducing fuel consumption and emissions associated with idling and stop-and-go traffic at traditional toll booths.
The NHAI’s initiative marks a significant step towards modernizing India’s toll collection infrastructure, aligning with global standards, and promoting efficient, transparent, and user-friendly tolling mechanisms. The implementation of this system is expected to transform tolling operations, facilitating a smoother, faster, and more convenient journey for commuters on India’s National Highways.