High Level Security
Tolling Systems have to offer a maximum of reliability and security. The systems must prevent fraud and misuse by all means to make a trouble-free toll charging possible.
To ensure this, the used transponders within a RFID solution must have special encryption functions. If the transponders have to proof their authenticity to the reader by a cryptographic authentication, permanently, cloned transponders can be unambiguously identified. This is possible due to secret keys that can´t be copied and are stored in both, readers and transponders. These secure transponders according to ISO 29167 are fully supported by the FEIG UHF Long Range Reader LRU1002 and other FEIG readers.
High Speed Identification
"Free-Flow Tolling" systems, applications, which are operating without toll plazas, are characterized by the fact that the vehicles are passing through traffic points in the flowing traffic. For this purpose, UHF Long Range Readers are used to identify the vehicle-mounted UHF transponders without errors - regardless of whether the transponder is integrated in the license plate or attached to the windshield as a label.
Free-flow tolling, also known as open-road tolling, offer many advantages compared to toll plazas with barriers. Since the vehicles can drive at higher speeds, a higher traffic throughput is achieved. This avoids traffic jams in front of toll plazas and reduces the risk of accidents by maneuvering the cars in the right lane.
In addition, free-flow systems cause lower costs, as gantries are cheaper than barriers and ticket booths.
In addition, an automated, RFID-based system offers the possibility of implementing flexible pricing systems and introducing bonus programs.
UHF long range readers from FEIG offer reading distances of several meters and support e.g. the UCODE DNA, a special transponder whose security functions effectively prevent the access of cloned transponders.
Contactless payment at the Toll Plaza
While Free Flow Tolling systems charge the usage fee of registered customers in advance, non-registered users must stop at a toll station and pay in cash or by credit card.
In this case contactless payment solutions using contactless debit and credit cards or corresponding wallets on the smartphone are the easiest and fastest way to pay at the toll plaza. With cVEND, FEIG offers contactless payment terminals, which could support any kind of "closed loop card schemes" in addition to the well known payment cards American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA (Open Loop Payment). In several countries, many RFID-based customer cards are still in circulation for payment of tolls, which should continue to be used. The Linux based cVEND operating system is capable to operate up to 8 independent applications. Local users can still use their known payment system at the toll station while tourists can pay with their contactless credit card - at the same terminal! All cVEND terminals are certified according to EMVCo and PCI, operate closed loop and open loop applications completely equally, and are also suitable for battery or solar powered machines thanks to their very low power consumption.