Ausol Autopistas del Sol Selects TransCores RFID Technology for Next Generation Electronic Toll Collection System

Ausol Autopistas del Sol SA, the largest toll concessionaire in Argentina that supports a 120 km roadway network and more than 900,000 vehicles per day, selects TransCores radio frequency identification (RFID) eGo Plus multiprotocol windshield sticker tags and multiprotocol Encompass 6 reader technology to upgrade its current system in use since 1996.
The contract includes 150 Encompass 6 readers and the potential over the next three years of more than 200,000 sticker tags. Initial system installation and integration will be complete by first quarter 2011. TransCore technology will now be interoperable with all nine of the separately owned toll roads in Buenos Aires.

After months of competitive technology review, Ausol chose TransCore technology based on TransCores 99 + percent transaction accuracy, essential for financial exchanges; multilevel security encryption, which other sticker tag technology does not provide; proven multiprotocol sticker tag technology with a global distribution of more than 15 million eGo and eGo Plus transponders; and the companys 15-year history in Argentina through its regional affiliate SIC TransCore Latin America.

After more than 14 years with our legacy electronic toll collection system, choosing a migration path to next generation technology was essential to enhance Ausols service to its customers, explained Marcelo Fernandez, CIO for Ausol Autopistas del Sol SA. TransCores ability to provide interoperability among the nine toll roads throughout Buenos Aires will be particularly convenient to our customers.

Interoperability allows motorists to travel throughout the Buenos Aires toll road network using a single ETC tag and access the financial district, automatic cashless parking payment, access control in local country clubs and gated communities, building complexes, bus stations, automate airport ground transportation management, and was even used to purchase gasoline at stations throughout the toll roadway system.

Ricardo Echandi, president of SIC TransCore Latin America, added, As we become an increasingly cashless and mobile society - enjoying the benefits of wireless payment of tolls and wireless access control - choosing technology that provides the security and accuracy necessary for increased functionality over the next decade is crucial. 

Technical Information -TransCores eGo Plus and Encompass 6 RFID Technology

The eGo Plus sticker tag is a 915 MHz radio frequency programmable, beam-powered, windshield-mounted tag. Packaged as a flexible sticker, this tag is ideal for applications that require low-cost, easily installed tags. This tag supports Super eGo (SeGo), eGo, and ATA protocols. The tag is suitable for a wide variety of automatic vehicle identification (AVI) transportation applications, including electronic toll collection, airport/ground transportation management systems, parking access, and security access applications.

Using an RFID tag-on-a-chip ASIC, the eGo Plus sticker tag offers a read range of up to 31.5 feet (9.6 meters) and 2048-bit read/write memory at a fraction of the cost of older, less flexible RFID technology. The tag provides the capability to read, write, rewrite, or permanently lock individual bytes.

The TransCore eGo Plus sticker tag, in conjunction with TransCore readers, enables advanced security techniques that ensure a tags authenticity while preventing data corruption and/or alteration. In addition, tag cloning, spoofing, copying, or duplicating is prevented. The eGo Plus sticker tag supports factory programming of fixed data fields that are locked at the factory and cannot be reprogrammed. Agency-programmed fixed data fields optionally can be locked by the agency after programming using password-protected programming equipment.

TransCores Encompass 6 multiprotocol reader is an integrated high-speed, multiprotocol 915 MHz RFID reader system that includes an RF transceiver board and processor in a single assembly. The read/write multiprotocol reader is ideal for highspeed, multi-lane installations with a requirement to read or write to two tag protocols or to provide a migration path from an existing tag protocol. 

About Ausol

Ausol, Autopistas del Sol SA is the road concessionaire for the Citys North Access, the main road to Buenos Aires because of the traffic volume and Gral Paz Avenue, the first ring of the city. Daily traffic on the roadway is more than 900,000 vehicles (40 percent tolled, 60 percent freeway). Ausol is owned by Spanish firm Abertis Infraestructuras (31.59%), Italy's Impregilo (19.82%), Argentinas Sideco Americana (7%), Dycasa (a subsidiary of the Spanish group Dragados 5.83%), the Spanish ACS (5.71%), with the remainder in public ownership. 

About SIC TransCore Latin America

SIC TransCore Latin America (STLA) has partnered with TransCore for more than 15 years supporting the Latin America region. In 1995, SIC TransCore developed and installed the first ETC system in South America in BA city and then in all the toll roads that have access to Buenos Aires, with close to 400,000 tags sold to date. STLA also installed a total of 780 readers in a range of transportation-based RFID applications such as toll, parking, access control, fleet management, traffic applications, most of them developed by STLA in different countries of Latin America. In 2001, STLA also installed the first automatic vehicle identification (AVI)-based fuel management system at Buenos Aires Shell stations. 

About TransCore

TransCore's 70-year heritage supporting the global transportation industry spans the implementation of the United States first electronic toll collection system to the development of RFID technology at Los Alamos National Labs. 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 2010, Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked TransCore No. 140 out of the Top 500 Design Firms.

TransCores extensive global experience with tolling systems includes more than 7,400 installed electronic toll collection lanes worldwide and 27 customer service centers. TransCore offers an extensive suite of enterprise software applications, business process outsourcing, system integration, customer care and maintenance services to provide complete solutions, configurable to customers requirements.

TransCore operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Roper Industries, a Standard & Poors S&P 500 index company.
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