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Tolling

Kapsch TrafficCom's state-of-the-art solutions for toll collection keep traffic flowing optimally across your network.

In recent decades, road traffic volumes have been steadily increasing across the globe. One of the most effective means to tackle these challenges is the deployment of intelligent tolling solutions.

Tolling remains the preferred way of funding expensive transportation infrastructure investments that are vital to support global economic growth. In addition, it helps fund the development of newer and more sustainable modes of transport. With a well-designed, fit-for-purpose tolling strategy, transportation agencies can both support their development plans while providing a better experience for road users.

Technologies

To meet the needs of our clients and their local requirements, we implement a combination of technologies:

  • DSRC – Dedicated Short-Range Communication (915 MHz, CEN 5.8 GHz, WAVE/G5 5.9 GHz, ISO 18000-63)
  • GNSS – Global Navigation Satellite Systems (used for all forms of tolling based on dedicated on-board units, fleet-management devices and smartphones for light vehicles)
  • ANPR/ALPR – Automatic Number Plate Recognition / Automatic License Plate Recognition
  • Vehicle classification via sensor detection (video, lasers, etc.)

The integration of AI (deep learning) and data analytics in our solutions also improves the cost-performance ratio. 

Solutions for open-road tolling

 

The main challenges of open-road toll collection are charging accuracy, congestion, and air pollution. 

  • Satellite tolling: For time-distance-place tolling, on-board units (OBUs) (“tags”) with built-in satellite tracking are used. A wireless module transfers the data to the toll operator’s back office. The distance-based toll is calculated either directly via the OBU (thick-client concept) or at the operator’s headquarters (thin-client concept).
  • DSRC/RFID-based multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) tolling: To automatically record the toll without requiring vehicles to stop, two technologies can be deployed: DSRC and ANPR. With DSRC, the OBUs or transponders in the vehicles communicate with transceivers via the DSRC radio standard (915 MHz, CEN 5.8 GHz, WAVE/G5 5.9 GHz, ISO 18000-63). When ANPR technology is used, the vehicle license plate is read remotely using camera technology. The system then determines whether the vehicle is required to pay the toll and if so, calculates the amount.
  • Video tolling: Using state-of-the-art smart video cameras and image-processing technologies, it is possible to identify and classify vehicles entering tolling areas. Smart cameras and stereo camera technology in particular can be used to recognize vehicle license plates and to determine the vehicle type based on axle height, weight, vehicle height, and other key characteristics. This improves both tolling automation and accuracy.
  • Mobile tolling services: Next-generation tolling schemes allow users to download an app for route planning and toll payments. This system doesn't require special on-board devices or tags. License plate numbers are recorded via ANPR technology
  • eVignettes: eVignettes are frequently used for time-based tolling, typically for passenger cars. They are a modern and efficient alternative to the paper vignettes (toll stickers) widely used in Europe. Verification can be automated, which reduces operation costs and boosts compliance.

Solutions for urban traffic

Cities around the world are implementing or considering inner-city road-usage fees for effective traffic and demand management. Dynamic road pricing models can be used for this. They account for such parameters as  distance traveled, time, type of vehicle, and emission class. Moreover, they can be adapted to the prevailing conditions (congestion levels, emission levels, etc.) in real time. This makes them an incredibly effective means for selective traffic management

Kapsch TrafficCom's intelligent urban traffic concepts are based on technologies such as ANPR, DSRC, and GNSS to control compliance and the correct payment of tolls. These technologies have demonstrated efficacy in highway toll collection and ensure a high level of reliability and accuracy. The necessary roadside equipment is easy to install, and the systems' functionalities can be extended to include the management of public parking spaces, for instance. 

Smartphone and connected-vehicle tolling will continue to grow in importance as urban environments create an even greater demand for sustainability, cost-efficiency, and usability. Learn more about our smart tolling services.

Solutions for conventional plaza tolling 

There has been a clear shift towards multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) tolling in recent years. This is no surprise, as it has removed toll barriers in road traffic and significantly lowered operational costs without compromising charging accuracy. However, many regions still rely on conventional plaza tolling for legal or commercial reasons, so plaza tolling is still in demand. Yet, many countries have already adopted more efficient means of charging tolls and have implemented high-speed dedicated electronic toll collection (ETC). The latter allows road users to pay their tolls electronically while driving through the plaza without having to stop. Mixed schemes – combining MLFF and plaza tolling – are a common approach to toll collection as well. 

To meet the needs of clients and customers across the globe, Kapsch TrafficCom offers an efficient and robust SmartTOLL Suite. It is based on more than 20 years of industry experience and covers all infrastructural demands from level 1 (lane) to level 2 (plaza) and level 3 (central operation). Our solutions range from manual toll collection from cash or card payments to combined installations with ETC and MLFF. All systems seamlessly integrate with existing plaza tolling infrastructure, and we can also deliver our plaza tolling solution under software-as-a-service (SaaS) schemes.

The future of tolling starts now 

Tolling is becoming smarter! What does that mean? Many authorities are now implementing next-generation road tolling solutions as a critical element of their integrated mobility management (IMM) strategy. This allows them keep traffic flowing optimally, improves the cost-value equation for motorists, and supports the funding of innovative infrastructure projects.

To future-proof its tolling schemes, it is Kapsch TrafficCom’s mission to deliver innovative solutions and applications that can be deployed seamlessly – without the need for forklift upgrades to existing hardware or software infrastructure

From smartphone and connected-vehicle app tolling to cutting-edge back-office systems: Learn more about the future of toll collection.

Tolling across the globe

Kapsch TrafficCom's state-of-the-art solutions are used in infrastructure around the world. Our multi-lane free-flow tolling systems have been implemented in nationwide projects including in Austria, Poland, Switzerland, and Belarus. 

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