04 May North Carolina Turnpike Authority Selects TransCore to Provide RFID Technology for State’s First Electronic Toll Collection System
RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After one of the industry’s most sought after technology procurements, TransCore, a unit of Roper Industries (NYSE: ROP), today announced that the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) has selected TransCore to provide radio frequency identification (RFID) technology statewide for North Carolina’s wireless toll collection systems. The first installation will be on North Carolina’s new all electronic toll road the Triangle Expressway. The contract value is an estimated $5.9 million and includes providing Encompass 6® multiprotocol RFID readers, eGo Plus RFID paper-thin, batteryless windshield sticker tags, and eZGo Anywhere™ multiprotocol transponders along with selected support services.
The $1.02 billion, 18.8 mile Triangle Expressway toll road system is comprised of three segments including the Western Wake Freeway, Triangle Parkway, and existing N.C. 540 between N.C. 55 and N.C. 54. The Expressway will utilize a barrier-less, all electronic RFID-based toll collection system and is scheduled to open in 2011 while the Western Wake Freeway is scheduled to open in 2012.
NCTA evaluated advanced technologies looking for the best value option for North Carolina motorists and one that would spur statewide adoption along with providing interoperability with other systems along the east coast from Maine to Miami.
North Carolina’s geographic location provided NCTA’s leadership the opportunity to establish a bridge between the Northeast’s Interagency (IAG) states and states to the South, such as South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, along with interoperability with toll systems in the central United States such as Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
“NCTA had the highly unique opportunity to become the most interoperable toll agency throughout North America,” explained John Simler, president of TransCore’s Intelligent Transportation Systems. “We’re immensely proud that NCTA, after such a rigorous technology evaluation, chose TransCore’s interoperable, multiprotocol RFID technology. ”
In the United States alone, more than 50 million motorists use RFID technology to pay tolls wirelessly without stopping. As more motorists on the nation’s roadways shift to paying tolls electronically, congestion is reduced and idle times at toll plazas eliminated, ultimately reducing vehicle emissions and improving air quality.
TransCore’s 70-year heritage supporting the transportation industry spans the development of RFID technology at Los Alamos National Labs to implementation of the nation’s first electronic toll collection system. With installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents and pioneering applications of RFID, GPS and satellite communications technologies, TransCore’s technical expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. In 2009, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked TransCore No. 145 out of the Top 500 Design Firms.
TransCore is the largest global supplier of RFID technology for transportation applications with more than 40.4 million tags and 63,000 readers distributed worldwide. TransCore is also a U.S. owned and operated company with products designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States.
TransCore operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Roper Industries. For more information, visit www.transcore.com.
Roper Industries (NYSE: ROP) is a diversified growth company and a Standard & Poor’s S&P 500 index company. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications. For additional information visit www.roperind.com.
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North Carolina Selects TransCore’s RFID Technology for State’s First Electronic Toll Collection System
North Carolina evaluated advanced technologies looking for one to spur statewide adoption along with provide interoperability from Maine to Miami.