Toledo Ticket and TransCore Launch RFID-based “Hang Tags” Ideal for Preferred Customer Parking or Security Access Control at University, Healthcare, Sports, and Entertainment Facilities

Extends Convenience of Wireless Technology to Larger Segment of the Parking Market

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ohio-based Toledo Ticket Company, one of the nation’s largest providers of specialty tickets, and TransCore, the world’s largest manufacturer of transportation-based radio frequency identification (RFID) transponders, jointly developed an RFID-based hang tag for wireless access control at entry and exit points of parking facilities.

By leveraging Toledo Ticket’s vast market reach with products in all 50 states and over 30 countries, and a century of experience providing tickets of all form factors, combined with TransCore’s pioneering RFID engineering capabilities, the two companies will bring a product to market that can expand RFID’s use within the parking and security access control industry.

Wireless RFID technology used for parking and security access control, and also deployed for wireless payment of tolls throughout the country, allows vehicles to enter and exit parking garages virtually without stopping, keeping access smooth and back-ups limited. The resulting reduced idle times significantly decreases carbon emission output on a consistent basis. An estimated 25-30 percent decrease in idle times is possible utilizing RFID-based technology.

“An RFID hang tag has tremendous marketability. For professional sports teams or universities that cater to season ticket holders or semester oriented parking patrons, they can even make them collectibles,” Tom Carter, Toledo Ticket vice president, explained. “This type of wireless communication that triggers a gate to open will speed throughput at entry and exit, reduce a facility’s carbon footprint by minimizing vehicles backing up, increase personal safety and avoid inclement weather by eliminating the need to roll down a car window, it’s portable, and overall enhances the customer convenience. Customers can now extend the life cycle use of their hang tag over several years.”

George McGraw, TransCore’s executive vice president of manufacturing, added, “The success and quick adoption of our windshield sticker tags for electronic toll collection exemplifies both market and consumer acceptance of these smaller, more versatile form factors.”

Features, Benefits and Pricing

The benefits of the new RFID hang tag include:

  • Speed – enhanced vehicle entry and exit efficiency
  • Sustainability – going green through reduced emissions and carbon footprint
  • Hang tag portability – improved convenience with multiple vehicles
  • Personal security – improved patrons’ sense of security since they no longer need to roll down their window
  • RFID tag authentication – improved security of credential, avoiding cloning
  • Handheld RFID reader – improved on-foot enforcement
  • Accountability – managing parker access privileges
  • ID programming – improved control of your database
  • Customization – team or mascot notoriety and collectability
  • Flexibility – connecting to existing or new host systems
  • Compatibility – functions with TransCore’s family of readers

Features of the new hang tags that will be exclusively manufactured and marketed by Toledo Ticket Co. include: fade-proof digital or offset printing that resists heat, cold, and sunlight without curling or breaking; manufactured using high-density 3-ply teslin; holographic overlays and UV sensitive printing; consecutive numbering available in any color, double-sided numbering; a full range of colors and finishes and can be back printed; bar codes, masks and magnetic stripes also available; and extensive variety of stock sizes to choose from, custom sizes and die-cut shapes available.

Pricing will be based on volume and printing requirements.

About Toledo Ticket

Founded in 1910 by Grant F. Northrup, in Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Ticket remains a fifth generation family owned business. For 100 years, The Toledo Ticket Company has produced tickets including bar-coded tickets and magnetic-striped tickets, hand-issued, multi-part valet, pay & display, pay-by-space, and spitter tickets for thermal/nonthermal revenue control as well as access or debit cards, scratch-off tickets, validation stamps, monthly hang tags, book tickets, plastic/vinyl hang tags, decals or window/bumper stickers.

About TransCore

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.