Nationwide UHF RFID Vehicle Identification in the Philippines
  • Nationwide UHF RFID Vehicle Identification in the Philippines
  • Nationwide UHF RFID Vehicle Identification in the Philippines
  • Nationwide UHF RFID Vehicle Identification in the Philippines
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Nationwide UHF RFID Vehicle Identification in the Philippines

In the Philippines, there has been no uniform system of number plate allocation and vehicle registration since 2013. The implementation of a nationwide issuance of millions of license plates includes the expansion to implement RFID technology for vehicle recognition.

More than 5.5 million special UHF RFID labels and license plates will be used in the Philippines for extensive tagging and identification of cars, trucks, buses and motorized two-wheeler.

More than 106 million people live in the Philippines, which consists of over 7,000 islands. 1.8 million of them live in the capital Manila. The entire road network of the island state covers over 216,000 kilometers, of which just over 61,000 are paved.

Process Requirements

In the Philippines, cardboard signs and self-painted license plates have dominated the street landscape since 2013. Private toll providers already exist locally, but there is no national system. For the authorities, this situation became unbearable. The government therefore sought – in addition to basic vehicle registration – to find ways of identifying vehicles while driving in order to establish automated billing models for the road. A further requirement was that motorized two-wheeler must also be automatically identifiable from all directions.


  • Cost saving and efficiency increase
  • Introduction of a uniform vehicle registration system
  • Implementation of a comprehensive, automatic vehicle identification system


The Ministry of Transport decided to additionally use UHF RFID labels in the process of issuing millions of new license plates. In a first step, a total of 3.25 million aluminum license plates and around 2.5 million self-adhesive UHF RFID labels with holographic security features will be delivered.

Special headlight labels will be used for the identification of motorcycles. By attaching the labels from the outside, the requirements for robustness are more extensive. The RFID labels must be able to withstand UV radiation, stone chipping and changing weather conditions.

Labels are security products that are subject to state sovereignty. Therefore, semi-finished products are delivered and only personalized on-site, for example by printing the holograms and encoding the RFID chips. Attempts at fraud are made more difficult because the UHF RFID tags cannot be removed from windscreens or lamp glass without being destroyed. This means that it is possible to prove beyond doubt that a license plate does not belong to a vehicle.

In addition to uniform vehicle registration with government-issued license plates, RFID technology is the basis for future automatic billing models for the use of toll roads. At the same time, the work of the police and registration authorities will be facilitated. Further automated parking and access solutions can be integrated.

If ICs of the latest generation are used in the UHF RFID tags, vehicles in flowing traffic can be identified perfectly at speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour. If the encryption features are activated, detection up to a speed of around 200 kilometers per hour is 100 percent guaranteed.

Technology Partner

Hardware & Software

  • Tönnjes – UHF RFID Windshield Label IDeStix
  • Tönnjes – Aluminum license plates
  • Tönnjes – UHF RFID headlight label for motorcycles


  • Uniform vehicle registration
  • Integrated counterfeit and theft protection
  • Identification of RFID labels in moving traffic
  • UHF RFID labels withstand changing weather conditions
  • Simplified and safe vehicle monitoring
  • Automatic toll collection or parking solutions can be implemented

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