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Multi-lane free flow concept to ease traffic congestions at entry or exit of expressways

KUALA LUMPUR, OCT. 1 – Malaysians can expect smoother driving and ease of congestions at the entry and exit of all major highways and expressways when the innovative Multi-Lane Free Flow (MLFF) concept is fully implemented by 2018.

MLFF is a high-impact project, involving RM19.59 million worth of investment for the full phase. The R&D initiative is funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and coordinated by Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM). The concept at TPM amounting to RM2.9 million is only the initial first phase.

The locally-developed MLFF concept’s R,D&C initiatives were undertaken in collaboration with Quatriz System Sdn Bhd, Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan, since 2013.

The proof of concept was officially launched today by Deputy MOSTI Minister, Datuk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohd. Diah, at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

Also present at the event were Quatriz Systems chief executive officer, Zainulhanif Zulkifli, Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd CEO,  Syahrunizam Samsudin,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Senior Chief Regional Officer (Asia Pacific), Mr. Shigehisa Kobayashi, and TPM President & CEO, Dato’ Ir. Mohd Azman Haji Shahidin.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Azman said the initial research prior to the development of the MLFF concept by Quartiz System and Touch ‘n Go with assistance of expertise from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was undertaken over a period of more than 18 months.   

He said the MLFF system had been successfully implemented in several developed countries in the Asia Pacific region and proven to have eliminated traffic congestions at the entry and exit points of their expressways.

“This innovative system is also in line with the Government’s recent announcement to implement this by 2018. As a matter of fact, MLFF will be a value-added feature to the ETC system to ensure the speedier and smooth traffic flow at expressways by eliminating traffic congestions.   

“With Malaysia’s progress to become a developed nation in the near future, it is timely now to similarly implement such efficient free-flow tolling systems in tandem with the increasing population growth of motor vehicles in the country,” added Azman.

According to statistics from the Malaysian Automotive Vehicles Association, as of June 2015 alone, Malaysia recorded over 322 thousand new registrations for passenger and commercial vehicles. As in previous years, this number will double by the end of the year. In 2020, the number of motor vehicles on the roads is expected to increase to 48 million.

Azman said the statistics clearly indicated the urgent need for toll concessionaires and operators to improve their toll management to efficiently and effectively meet the needs and demands of the road users and general public.

TPM, as a technology provider, said Azman could empower the growth of technology in today’s modern society such as the innovative MLFF system which is crucial and a step forward to efficiently increase the operations of toll operators for the benefit of the general public. 

For the current year, TPM has been tasked to undertake four major high-impact projects involving a total investment of RM40.78 million. Apart from the R,D&C on MLFF and Area Road Pricing project which involves RM19.59 million, the other three projects are the Halalcopoeaia valued at RM3.85 million, the Building of Robotic Competitiveness in medical and healthcare worth RM13.44 million and the development of Flexible Manufacturing System valued at RM3.9 million.

TPM’s Innovation Incubation Centre or IIC was entrusted by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry to manage the Zero to Superhero program offering coaching and mentoring services. Additionally, the Commercialization Kick-Off series are currently ongoing offering product development support to registered GLC vendors.

TPM, an agency of MOSTI, has been instrumental in pushing for the research, development and commercialisation of technology in the cluster industry of biotechnology and life sciences, ICT, advanced engineering and green technology. In addition, it also provides the necessary incubation facilities and services for new start-ups in efforts to encourage the growth of technopreneurs, biopreneurs and entrepreneurs.

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Corporate Communications Department

Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd

For more enquiries, please contact:

PuanAniz Adura Abdul Majid,

Manager, Corporate Communications

Tel: 603-8998 2020 

Fax: 603-8998 2110

Hp: 019-646 6258

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Date: October 1, 2015
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