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On the Road to Secure, Standardized Tolling
Government agencies around the world are adopting electronic tolling systems that utilize the ISO 18000-6C RFID standard.
Nov 13, 2016—
As more states, municipalities and agencies deploy electronic tolling solutions to help generate new funds and reduce congestion at tollbooths, there have been increased calls for standardization in the industry. While a handful of tolling solutions have dominated the market in the United States, most employ proprietary or otherwise non-interoperable technologies. This means that drivers who frequently pass through different states or cities may require multiple transponders to navigate each system.
The call for nationwide interoperability has risen to the level of the U.S. Congress. In fact, the federal government had called for electronic tolling interoperability by October 2016 as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). While that deadline has come and gone, industry groups such as the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) have been working diligently toward a final design for interoperability in the United States. These groups are working closely with the Federal Highway Administration, and have secured funding to conduct ongoing testing that will ultimately lead to a formal recommendation to the Congress. This is expected to happen in late 2017.
Since the tolling market's initial adoption of 6C, the protocol has steadily spread across the United States and around the world. To date, agencies in Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Utah and Washington have adopted 6C as their primary tolling protocol. Furthermore, the state of California has begun legislative action to transition its statewide protocol to 6C. Outside of the United States, 6C has been adopted as the primary tolling standard in Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay and Vietnam. The 6C specification is open and evolving, and not only provides a basis for a nationwide tolling standard, but also addresses the increasing need for security and privacy as a growing number of drivers participate in electronic toll collection.
A Living Standard
As a "living standard," 6C is continuously evolving to meet the market's needs. The ISO standards-development process maintains full backward compatibility with previous versions of the technology, while simultaneously allowing new innovations and features to be rolled out to customers.
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