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Siemens to supply toll technology for French Ecotaxe system

Siemens has received orders worth a combined total of about EUR50 million (US$62.2 million) to supply technology for the new French toll collection system. The orders are from two of France’s largest suppliers of onboard electronic toll units, Eurotoll and Total, and will include the supply of both the onboard units for vehicles and their electronic detection system. The orders are part of the Ecotaxe project, which will see the introduction of mileage-based taxation on French national roads for trucks weighing 3.5 tons and more. The system, which will start in mid-2013, is in addition to the highways, bridges and tunnels that are already subject to toll payments, and will also include some country roads.

In contrast to conventional microwave or DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communications) systems, satellite-based tolling systems directly detect the position of vehicles via their onboard units using GPS satellite signals, which are encrypted and transferred by GSM mobile telephony to the control center for further processing. The satellite-based technology is particularly suitable for extensive road networks that extend beyond major highways. In France, the monitored road network will comprise about 10,000km (6,200 miles) without the need of toll gantries for data capture. The technology not only offers accurate charging of distance and time-related tolls, but also the ability to be expanded or adapted by means of software updates. Siemens has already developed and supplied an area-wide satellite-based toll collection system for Slovakia in 2010 and completed other GPS-based toll projects in London, Tel Aviv and the Seattle region of the USA.

May 30, 2012

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