T-Systems Satellic Telematic Services offers end-to-end satellite-based road pricing solutions. These fulfill the EETS interoperability requirements specified by the European Commission for a cross-border toll collection system. The European Commission has ruled that member nations can determine the road pricing technology for themselves, provided it is EETS-compatible. A single approved on-board unit (OBU) in a car or truck is then sufficient to ensure the tolls can be calculated for all participating European road charging systems.
Platform monitors road usage and calculates tolls
The Satellic Tolling Platform is a modular road pricing solution that can be integrated with existing IT systems, and that complies with EETS. The satellite-based platform monitors road usage and calculates tolls without the need for barriers (free-flow): vehicles do not have to stop, for example at on/off ramps on highways. Moreover, they can use any lane. Drivers can log on via an on-board unit, manually at terminals, or by means of an Internet portal.
Vehicles tracked via GPS
Log-on is via the GSM cell-phone network, in conjunction with the global positioning system (GPS). The on-board unit (OBU) is attached to the windshield, and tracks the position of the vehicle (longitude and latitude), and the distance it travels. Using the information pre-entered on vehicle type (size), the OBU calculates the appropriate road usage charge and transmits the encrypted data via GSM to the Satellic Tolling Platform.
The Satellic Tolling Platform has been in operation in Belgium since April 1, 2016. All trucks with a permissible total weight of more than 3.5 metric tons must be equipped with a functioning on-board unit (OBU). The Belgian toll is levied on all major highways, a number of selected other highways and some local roads. Vehicles are charged per kilometer driven on designated toll roads, and according to the emissions category (Euro classification). The satellite-based road pricing system implemented in Germany and Belgium allows tolls to be geared to actual road usage and pollution generation. It also enables efficient, free-flow tolling – without booths or other road infrastructure. For example, there is no need for toll gantries; gantries are only employed for enforcement purposes.