More speakers and partners have been announced for the first-ever Road User Charging Conference Asia Pacific in Singapore.
Among the latest leading names now confirmed to join the event, which takes place on the 05-06 October 2023 at the Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview hotel, are:
- Rizza B Latorre, vice president, business transportation office, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), (Philippines)
- Marian Willberg, manager, demand management and revenue, Ministry of Transport (New Zealand)
- Khuram Nazir, ITS manager/engineer, National Highway Authority (Pakistan)
- Chao Phibal, deputy director, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (Cambodia)
- Mária Mardzinová, manager for solutions innovations and architecture, SkyToll (Slovakia)
In particular, Latorre will present MPTC’s roadmap toward the implementation of multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) tolling on concession toll roads in the Philippines – a first for the country as MPTC looks to replace the current traditional toll barrier/gate set up with a MLFF solution.
Meanwhile, SkyToll’s Mardzinová will discuss the role of interoperability in achieving barrier-free road-user charging and revenue growth.
“Interoperability among different road-user charging systems and technologies allows users to travel across toll roads of different concessionaires, cities, bridges, or tunnels, without the need for multiple tags, onboard units or payment accounts,” said Mardzinová.
“It aims to create a unified, user-friendly experience for drivers, making toll collection more efficient and convenient,” she continued. “However, achieving full interoperability can be challenging due to different tolling infrastructures, administrative systems, and legal frameworks across various regions or countries.”
Thus, the session will present efforts to establish interoperable road user-charging systems and outline the benefits of interoperability to both toll authorities and drivers alike.
Latorre and Mardzinová join a growing speaker programme that includes a raft of leading transportation professionals from countries across the Asia-Pacific region, such as:
- Tongkarn Kaewchalermtong, chairman of the transportation and logistics working group, ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (Thailand)
- Faranisese Kinivuwai, director of transport, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Fiji)
- Elly Sinaga, president, Indonesia Road Safety Partnership (Indonesia)
- Victor Shu, deputy director, Land Transport Authority (Singapore)
- Akhilesh Srivastava, advisor, government of Uttarakhand (India)
- Walter Edgar Theseira, associate professor of economics, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)
A number of commercial partners have also been announced for the event, including aforementioned SkyToll, Vitronic, Far Eastern Toll Collection Company and the Reason Foundation. Scroll down to discover more about these organisations.
As the event continues to take shape, a number of other speakers and partners from South Korea, Japan, Australia, the UAE and Malaysia, among other countries, are still to be announced for the first-of-its-kind event.
Among the topics set to be discussed are time- and distance-based charging, congestion charging, emission-based charging and all-electronic tolling, with an emphasis on ways to better regulate traffic and generate revenues on highways and major arterial roads in and out of the region’s most congested cities, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Bengaluru, Chongqing, Tokyo, Jakarta and Seoul.
Event organiser Akabo Media said it expects some 150 people from up to 40 countries around the Asia Pacific to attend the conference, which marks the third and latest iteration of the company’s global Road User Charging Conference series, following established editions in Brussels, Belgium and Miami, Florida, USA.
Meet our partners
SkyToll has provided ITS solutions capable of analysing and directing traffic anywhere in the world since 2008. It has developed a unique solution that combines the advantages of satellite GNSS location technology, microwave DSRC technology for short distance communication, and mobile GSM technology, to communicate within mobile networks and apply it to motorways, expressways, first-class roads and lower-category roads. Since January 2010, SkyToll has operated Slovakia’s electronic toll system, which covers the largest road network in the EU. SkyToll also won the contract for building an electronic toll collection system for the Czech Republic and, with CzechToll, implemented the first generational replacement of toll systems in the world, changing from microwave to satellite technology. Then, in December 2021, SkyToll built and successfully launched a state-of-the-art electronic vignette system in Slovenia.
Thought Leadership Partners
Vitronic is a world leader in machine vision. Its core competency in the traffic technology sector is the monitoring of vehicles. Vitronic’s tolling solutions help ensure that modern traffic infrastructure can continue to be funded in the long term. With more than 30 years of expertise in traffic technology, Vitronic is an ideal partner for toll operators and designs customised solutions on an international scale. For future mobility concepts, Vitronic is working on using existing traffic infrastructure to control and optimise traffic flows, as well as increasing road safety for particularly vulnerable road users.
Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co., Ltd. (FETC) was founded in 2004 and awarded a contract by the Taiwanese government to build and operate the electronic toll collection (ETC) system for the nationwide freeways. The company is responsible for the Taiwan ETC total solution, including front-end and back-end systems and business model, from planning, designing, building, testing, and operation. In early 2006, FETC launched single-lane free-flow (SLFF) ETC operation at 23 toll plazas before migrating to distance-based and multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) ETC on 30 December 2013. Currently, more than 7 million car users traverse 335 MLFF gantries generating more than 6 billion accumulated transactions. Taiwan’s ETC system not only enables the implementation of smart transportation services but also allows Taiwan to enter a new age of digitalisation and accelerate the realisation of AIoT.
Founded in 1978, Reason Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation in the USA that focuses on an array of policy issues, including transportation, where its research focuses on user fee funding and sensible financing of transportation projects, efficient project delivery, and competitive and customer-driven services that embrace technological innovations. Through practical and innovative approaches to complex problems, Reason seeks to change the way people think about issues and promote policies that allow and encourage individuals and voluntary institutions to flourish.
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