is launching a gantry-less system for free-flow enforcement of truck tolling. This cutting-edge system is being rolled out across Germany for Toll Collect on more than 40,000 km of federal roads: the deployment of some 600 systems will be completed next month.
Toll Collect wanted a high-precision enforcement system, in 24/7 operation, with small physical footprint, minimum of installation roadworks, low energy consumption, highly reliable and with a low total cost of ownership. Also, the solution was required to be not ‘optically invasive’ to limit the impact on environment and landscape. Toll Collect’s requirements were put out to a multi-national tender. Based on a high performance prototype and competitive pricing, Jenoptik was assigned to the task.
To monitor toll payments, Jenoptik’s roadside-mounted solution combines state-of-the-art sensor technology for measuring distances, stereo image-processing and cameras for recording and classifying trucks. All components are integrated into a housing whose design is derived from Jenoptik’s award-winning TraffiTower 2.0 design.
If a vehicle passes an enforcement point, a check is performed to ascertain whether the vehicle is subject to a toll and if the toll has been paid correctly. The system performs full classification: it can differentiate between trucks, transporters, trucks weighing 18 tons or less/more, trailer truck, semi-trailer truck, car transporter, motorcycle, mobile home and bus.
If the vehicle data for the vehicles subject to toll have been properly declared, image data are discarded immediately within the pillar housing. Only the data of vehicles that are subject to toll, and which
appear to confirm a toll offence are forwarded to the control centre for the enforcement process.
“This sensor-fusion solution is unique and truly innovative in the tolling world, opening up a wide range of possibilities as visitors to our ITS World Congress stand will discover,” says Marco Leijssen (pictured), head of strategy and innovation at Jenoptik Traffic Solutions.