Middle East and Africa Automatic Tolling System Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Offering (Hardware and Services), and Type (Unmanned Self-Service Automated Tollbooth Collection Systems, Unmanned Automated Toll Booth Collection Systems, and Unmanned Wireless Automated Toll Booth Collection Systems)
The automatic tolling system market in the MEA is expected to grow from US$ 829.53 million in 2021 to US$ 1,069.93 million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% from 2021 to 2028.
The toll collection centers are strategically placed toll plazas or collection units that are used for tax collection, congestion management, or collection of maintenance fees for public infrastructure. The volume of traffic flow plays a crucial role in determining the location of toll plazas and subsequently requires a robust and effective toll collection solution. Over the past few years, a surge in congestion at toll plazas has been witnessed due to the increase in the number of vehicles crossing through the tolls. As a result, the toll plazas end up being responsible for increased fuel consumption for cars and high vehicular pollution due to congestion. An electronic toll collection system offers a competent alternative solution to the current manual toll for minimizing the congestion at toll gateways and providing seamless transit transactions without the need for supervision. The electronic toll collection systems operate an account-based system that automatically identifies, classifies, and subsequently charges the vehicle owner as per the agency regulations without the need to stop at the toll plazas. The effective deployment of ETC systems has versatile benefits such as reduction of vehicular pollution, congestion management, seamless transit transactions, and intelligent transportation services at expressways. Thus, the long-term benefits associated with the adoption of ETC systems are driving the market penetration of these systems across various emerging economies and are likely to provide profitable business opportunities for the market players during the forecast period. Also, the development of new technologies to create increasingly efficient tolling systems is the major factor driving the MEA automatic tolling system market.
Based on type, the unmanned wireless automated toll booth collection systems segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period for the MEA region. Unmanned wireless tolling systems have no booths, and they consist of overhead truss systems. These systems are usually made up of a combination of technologies such as visual systems, ZigBee wireless systems, and RFID systems. Motion detectors trigger cameras to take photos of each vehicle that passes through, and with the help of an RFID tag reader, the license plate data is sent to the database for billing option. This helps to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible. These wireless transponders support multi-lane free flow and maintain payment transparency, and they can also be used to estimate vehicle flow rate. Further, in March 2021, the Road Transport and Highways Minister of India announced that the country will implement GPS-based toll collection and will say goodbye to toll booths within a year. The toll tax collection will happen via GPS imaging on vehicles. Therefore, with the growing wireless technologies such as GPS and RFID tags, the demand for unmanned wireless automated toll booth collection systems is growing rapidly across the MEA.
The MEA comprises South Africa, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. South Africa recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the MEA region, followed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Further, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Middle East economy has witnessed a sharp slowdown in the year 2020. The COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted the construction businesses of roads and highways in the region, owing to the supply chain disruption. The transportation sector was also affected due to the non-movement of vehicles in 2020. Hence, the revenue collected from toll booths has decreased, which has negatively impacted the automatic tolling system market in the region. However, in 2021, with the release of lockdown restrictions and the beginning of vaccination processes, the road and highway construction and developments have started again, which is creating a positive scenario for the automatic tolling system market growth in the region.
The overall MEA automatic tolling system market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources. To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. The process also serves the purpose of obtaining an overview and forecast for the MEA automatic tolling system market with respect to all the segments pertaining to the region. Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate the data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry experts such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, along with external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the MEA automatic tolling system market. Conduent Business Services, LLC; EFKON GmbH; Feig Electronic; IBI Group; Indra Sistemas, S.A.; Raytheon Technologies Corporation; Siemens Mobility; STMicroelectronics N.V.; Tecsidel, S.A.; Thales Group; and TransCore, LP are among the key players operating in the MEA automatic tolling system market.
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