Airport Parking Facility at Toronto Airport Upgrades Customer Service With TransCore's Wireless RFID

World's Largest Airport Parking Facility at Toronto Airport Upgrades Customer Service With TransCore's Wireless RFID Automatic Vehicle Identification System

TORONTO and TAMPA, Fla., Airports Council International 12th Annual Conference,
Sept. 14, 2003 TransCore today announces that Toronto Pearson International Airport, which has the largest airport parking garage facility in the world, upgrades convenience and speed for frequent airport users by deploying TransCore's SmartPass automatic vehicle identification system (AVI).
The system allows patrons to use a windshield mounted wireless RFID (radio frequency identification) communications tag, similar to those used for electronic toll collection, to enter and exit the parking facility through a dedicated express lane without fumbling for cash or credit card. The system deducts payment from a secure account linked to the unique identity number encoded in the customer's transponder tag. Completion is expected by fourth quarter.
transc.jpg Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest airport, currently handles an average of 28 million passengers per year, and volume is projected to grow to 50 million by 2020. With accelerated growth trends, speeding throughput and adding traveler convenience is essential. The new multilevel parking garage, which will have 12,600 spaces upon completion, is part of a $3.3 billion terminal development project initiated to make needed improvements as traffic increases. The AVI system is one of several special garage features intended to enhance the visitor's experience, an innovative single space monitoring system will lead patrons to available spaces, higher than usual ceilings will protect SUVs, protected pedestrian walkways to the new Terminal 1, and natural lighting and ventilation on all levels will improve customer satisfaction.

TransCore was awarded the 33-lane project from Ascom Transport Systems Inc., an Atlanta-based subsidiary of Ascom Holding AG, an international systems integrator and service provider with comprehensive solutions and over 6,000 employees worldwide. Ascom has been in the Parking Access Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) business in North America since 1979. It has provided PARCS solutions on a turnkey basis to 25 airports across North America. Ascom, employing over 180 people in the United States, currently supports 23 of the above-mentioned installations, including 13 of the 25 busiest airports in the United States.

TransCore has installations at 56 of the world's busiest airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth International, London Heathrow, Los Angeles International, Salt Lake City International and others
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