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Conventional tolling (Plaza tolling).

Despite a clear worldwide move towards Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) tolling, conventional tolling (Plaza tolling) is still widely being adopted in several regions where the overall legal/commercial framework may not be mature enough to remove all toll barriers. Therefore, plaza tolling is still vastly demanded, especially incorporating more efficient means of payment and high-speed dedicated ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) lanes. In some countries, plaza tolling with ETC is nowadays, and will be in the future, the natural platform to transition into MLFF, not only in greenfield, but also in brownfield scenarios. Mixed schemes, combining MLFF and conventional tolling, are also largely being observed around the world.

Nowadays, Kapsch TrafficCom has been at the forefront of a clear shift from purely manually operated traditional plaza tolling towards automated electronic toll collection (ETC) where road users pay tolls electronically while driving through the plaza without stopping, only reducing their speed.

We have delivered many of the most complex and modern conventional tolling solutions worldwide, ranging from manual toll collection by means of cash or card payments to electronic toll payment using ETC. Our SmartTOLL suite of products for plaza tolling has proved its efficiency and robustness through decades, combining the resilience of its fundamental concepts proven worldwide, but at the same time incorporating a renovated technology on its construction stack.

Modernization of traditional plaza tolling systems moving forward into fully electronic toll collection systems.

We have been modernizing existing traditional plaza tolling systems and upgrading them to allow electronic toll payment options (OBU/TAG, ANPR). We have also engineered tailor-made transitions to fully electronic toll collection systems. Moreover, we seamlessly integrate existing traditional plaza tolling systems, operated with or without barriers by various concession holders, into larger nationwide electronic tolling systems.

Kapsch TrafficCom keeps its focus in a variety of different solutions for traditional plaza tolling, ranging from manual toll collection by means of cash or card payments to combined installations with electronic toll collection systems, mixing it with MLFF, and addressing new forms of innovation on this product, to make it even more efficient and reliable for the next decade. We are also heavily investing in integrating all our experience developed in customer management on MLFF implementations, into plaza tolling ETC modules.

Key references
  • Extremely efficient and robust SmartTOLL suite based on more than 20 years of experience with more than 1,500 lanes installed worldwide
  • Full SmartTOLL plaza tolling suite covers all infrastructure demands: Level 1 (Lane), Level 2 (Plaza) and Level 3 (Central Operation)
  • Accommodates all sorts of extensive tolling operational models
  • Our solutions are suitable for all vehicle categories, project scales, and pricing models (time or distance-based, open and closed systems, or any combination of these parameters)
  • For each project, we integrate adequate technology that meets internationally recognized standards: Digital Short Range Communications (DSRC 5.8 GHz – CEN DSRC), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID 915 MHz – ISO18000-6C) as well as Automatic License Plate Reading (ANPR/ALPR)
  • We develop the core technologies in-house
  • We provide system integration, as well as technical and commercial operation of toll collection systems
  • We can deliver our plaza tolling solution under Software as a Service (SaaS) schemes
  • We support several Interoperability schemes: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina
  • We provide a very professional and collaborative delivery scheme, with an extremely experienced plaza tolling team
Key references

We have engineered and deployed plaza tolling systems all over the world, especially in Spain, Poland, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Chile.

In Argentina we are currently upgrading the largest installation of plaza tolling in the country, including ETC, for Autopistas del Sol.

In Spain we are delivering one of the most sophisticated tolling solutions in the world for Bidegi Agencia Guipuzcoana de Infraestructuras, where EMV (EuroPay, MasterCard, Visa) on-line payment will be a reality.