Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport anticipates that by 2025, around 13 percent more cars will use German roads than do so today. By then, long-distance haulage will have increased by over 80 percent. Yet toll collecting must not impair the flow of either national or international traffic. A T-Systems road-charging solution for cities and states establishes the position of vehicles using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology. On-board units, or OBUs, text details of distances traveled directly to the toll company’s computer systems. T-Systems offers customers all of the services required for toll collection, billing and customer relationship management – from implementation and integration to toll collection and tariff classification to data evaluation. The telematics solution also facilitates other services such as relaying vehicle emissions.
Satellite-assisted countrywide toll system for trucks
T-Systems set up the countrywide Toll Collect system for trucks in Germany and has operated it since 2005. With the aid of GPS satellite signals and other positioning sensors, the OBU notes automatically the road sections the truck has used, calculates the toll charges on the basis of the vehicle and tariff settings, and then relays this data wirelessly and safely encrypted to the Toll Collect data center for further processing.
To optimize delivery and collection at freight transhipment points, T-Systems and partners provide other logistics applications such as capacity management. In its simplest form, this is a booking and information system that enables all concerned to check future capacity utilization of critical resources (parking lots, loading ramps) and to buy tickets accordingly.
- Areas of application are countrywide toll collect systems or city toll collect systems.
- The satellite-assisted system operates with an average overall detection rate of 99.75 percent and thereby exceeds the contractual specification of 99 percent.
- A total of around 900,000 trucks operated by 127,000 firms in 41 countries are registered with Toll Collect. At present, around 650,000 of them have on-board units to calculate the toll charge.
- Over 140 billion kilometers have been recorded and billed to date using the satellite-assisted road toll charging system.