The clash of technology standards like that of GSM and CDMA in the telecom space may be replicated in India's road sector for the electronic toll collection (ETC) operations.
Companies supporting ISO CALM infrared technology, which is an evolving standard, want National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to adopt this for its toll automation project. NHAI has invited bids for a pilot project now, but plans to set up an ETC every 65 km. Each toll automation would need about Rs 3 crore of equipment. CALM enables several important ITS applications including vehicle tracking, fleet management, passenger information systems, vehicle to road-side communications, emergency services, speed control and enforcement