TransCore Proves Alternative Equipment Choice for IAG-Protocol Reader

TransCore showcases Encompass 6 IAG Plug n Play (PNP) radio frequency identification (RFID) reader system on The Southern Connector toll road, a 16-mile Federal interstate highway in Greenville, S.C., one of two toll roads in the state of South Carolina.
In use over the last 3 months, the Encompass 6 PNP reader, with an accuracy of 99.95 percent, has greatly reduced the violation rates at the lanes in which they are installed compared to lanes that operate with legacy equipment. The Encompass 6 PNP equipment configuration supports both IAG and SeGo protocols, a combination that offers compatibility with tags used in about 95 percent of all electronic toll collection lanes in the United States. The significance of the successful deployment is that Northeast toll authorities, which use IAG-only protocol hardware, now have multiple manufacturing sources.

As the Southern Connector continues to provide a vital service to South Carolina motorists, we recognized the need to adopt technology that could meet our current capabilities without any reduction in service and provide a path to interoperability, particularly with other toll systems in the Southeast, said Peter Femia, executive vice president and general manager of the Connector 2000 Association, Inc.

The Southern Connector, which opened in 2001, was built with private money through a unique public-private partnership. No tax money was used for construction of the road. The Southern Connector is an important component of the development taking place in Southern Greenville County and provides an alternate route to many motorists and truckers seeking to avoid congestion on Interstate Highways 85 and 385. Following 8 years in operation, the Southern Connector has now processed more than 39 million toll transactions. The Connector 2000 Association is the governing body of the Southern Connector and has worked with TransCore since 2001 as the original systems integrator and current maintenance provider for the toll collection system

After a vehicle collision at one of the toll plazas in 2008 required the replacement of equipment, the Southern Connector deployed the TransCore Plug n Play RFID readers as a direct replacement of the previous RFID hardware to read Palmetto Pass or PalPass transponders. Because of the plug and play design of the Encompass 6 reader, there was no need to perform any programming changes to transition to the next generation technology. Interoperability with current equipment and transponders was essential as was the potential for compatibility with electronic toll collection technology used throughout the Southeast from Georgia to Florida and west to Texas.

About transcore

TransCores 70-year heritage supporting the transportation industry spans a range of offerings for the toll, traffic management, airport, parking, access control, rail, intermodal, trucking, and homeland security markets. With products and installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents worldwide, and pioneering applications of RFID and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. TransCore has more than 1,700 employees in 80 locations throughout the world.

TransCore operates as a unit of Roper Industries. Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company with trailing twelve month revenues of $2.3 billion, and is a component of the Standard & Poors S&P Mid-Cap 400, Fortune 1000, and Russell 1000 Indexes. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications.

About TransCores Encompass 6 Plug n Play (PNP) Reader

TransCores Encompass 6 IAG Plug n Play reader system is a modular high speed, multi-protocol 915-MHz radio frequency identification reader system that includes Encompass 6 readers and IAG reader emulators in a single housing. It is a plug and play device providing quick and easy replacement of existing Interagency Group (IAG) readers and requires no modifications to lane controller software or configurations.

The Encompass 6 IAG PNP reader system features include:

* Supports IAG reader functionality
* Plug and play installation
* Scalable up to eight lanes
* Individual processors for lane independence
* Dual communications ports for master/slave redundancy
* Ethernet and RS232/422 communications
* Hot swappable dual redundant power supplies
* Connectivity for remote network monitoring
* One million tag buffer on each reader plus buffering on each reader emulator
* Mounts in existing reader cabinet or in available TransCore cabinet
* Dual IAG/Super eGo protocol operation
* Ability to synchronize with multiple PNP Readers in multi-lane configurations using either wired or GPS-based wireless synchronization
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