highway toll collection, electronic road pricing

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In tunnels, on bridges and on open roads, the electronic toll collection (ETC) industry faces a critical challenge:

How to streamline traffic and at the same time collect toll effectively?

Outside toll collection and toll enforcement agencies, few realize that road pricing is in fact a blessing in disguise. It helps

  • prevent traffic jams
  • curb emission rates
  • contribute to sustainable transport
  • cover the upkeep of transportation infrastucture.


Electronic toll collection – also known as road pricing – can take many forms. Whether the toll is calculated with reference to environmental impact or damage to infrastructure (measuring gross vehicle weight), whether the pricing model is distance-based or time-based, whether it is a conventional cash-based or an automated card-based system like E-ZPass, whether legislation requires cars to have vignettes but heavy goods vehicles to have a multimodal on-board unit (OBU) or vice versa, ALPR-based identification optimally complements other data collection tools.

ARH applies innovative technology and fresh thinking to help authorities and enterprises in multiple countries tackle the challenges of electronic road tolling.

It all begins with imaging.

PORTABLE RECOGNITION CAMERA FOR TOLL COLLECTION
Whether operating from a patrol vehicle or mounted on a tripod, roadside recognition cameras sense and record each passing vehicle, register its license plate, take a full-color image, add a time stamp and a location stamp and create a data package which they store and forward to a central database – to be used real-time or later by toll collecting authorities. No staff needed: ARH’s ideal portable toll enforcement cam, S1, does all the above with or without human assistance. As an LPR camera, it has exceptional accuracy and speed in automatic License Plate Recognition.

ADDITIONAL REVENUES
On top of all the above, S1 has the potential to generate additional fine revenues for authorities or road administration (motorway operators or tunnel/bridge operators) from traffic violations like exceeding the speed limit, driving in an emergency lane or crossing a solid line.

RECOGNITION CAMERA FOR MOBILE TOLL ENFORCEMENT
Low-profile design, high-profile performance – this is M402, the new mobile LPR smart dashboard/rooftop microcam! Ideal for toll collection and any other vehicle-mount deployments. Talk to our specialists to find out more after you watched this cool video!

FREEFLOW TOLL – TRAFFIC DATA COLLECTION
A traffic data collection point is so much more than an imaging system for electronic toll collection. It is typically a multi-sensor single-gantry traffic monitoring endpoint that automatically recognizes the vehicle’s front and rear number plate (LPR/ANPR), measures vehicle dimensions, counts the axles of passing vehicles and classifies the vehicle according to predefined toll categories. Traffic data collection points conveniently function as buildings block of an automatic toll collection system deployed on toll bridges, toll roads and tunnels – or in congestion pricing. A prime example is ARH’s TrafficSpot®.

BIG TRAFFIC DATA – TURN CHAOS INTO ORDER
The main challenge of traffic data collection systems is too much data, too many details. The way out? Dedicated tools.

TOLL SERVER
Globessey Data Server® connects end-users and toll collection agencies with fixed or mobile traffic data gathering endpoints (gantries or patrol vehicles). Besides the monitored vehicle’s license plate, data gathered may include physical dimensions, side view, speed, axle count – even weight. Data packages are stored in databases and available realtime. This data server is a high capacity, scalable and flexible ITS middleware with dedicated GUI for end-user applications that helps manage big traffic data. GDS seamlessly integrates into end-user applications (eg police record, toll collection, smart urban traffic systems). An actual example of fast ROI: toll system Hu-Go in Hungary was implemented in a matter of months in 2013. The toll-by-plate system paid for itself in six months and has been working seamlessly ever since with technical support by ARH.

Besides exhibiting at the annual expo of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) in Atlanta, ARH has a sleek new product lineup for the upcoming ITS World Congress in Montréal, for Intertraffic Mexico as well as for ASIS Dallas.

ARH – THE IMAGE RECOGNITION COMPANY