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RFID barriers being tested in capital

Updated April 29, 2017


ISLAMABAD: The concerned authorities have begun testing radio frequency identification (RFID) devices in the federal capital, to be installed at the city’s points of entry and exit, to facilitate motorists, officials said.

The scanners have been installed at Islamabad’s points of entry and the Red Zone, including Faizabad, Golra Chowk and Serena Chowk.

RFID is a feature of the Safe City Project that has been set up in the capital.

In light of the country’s security situation, a number of pickets were set up in various parts of the city to intercept suspicious elements.

After RFID devices are installed, the motorists will be issued e-tags to affix to their vehicles to move into the city without any hindrances.

After the RFID devices are installed, motorists will be issued e-tags to affix to their vehicles

The tag would carry the details of the vehicle and its owner, such as their name, CNIC number, address and information on other family members who may be using the vehicle.

A scanner would read the tag and open the barrier for the vehicle.

The officials said the tags were an optional choice for the citizens but those who do acquire them would be able to travel into the city without being intercepted at any checkpoint.

They also said the scanners would be installed at various points, including Rawat T-Cross, Pirwadhai, Bhara Kahu and Zoo Chowk, as well as the Red Zone’s entry and exit points.

The interior ministry has asked the concerned authority to construct an extra lane at the points of entry and exit where space is available.

A few lanes would be reserved for tagged vehicles, while the rest would be used by other vehicles which could be checked by the police.

The officials said the RFID testing at Faizabad had caused significant traffic congestion, particularly in the morning rush hour.

But the matter would be addressed as the project is still in its testing stages.

When contacted and asked about radiation produced by the scanners, an official said the radiation was not harmful to humans.

He said the tags were an optional feature and those afraid of the radiation may opt out of using the facility.

Published in Dawn, April 29th, 2017