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One more day until the Road User Charging Conference! Join us and the likes of our networking partner, Q-Free, as various speakers from all around the world share their invaluable industry insight and latest trends.

With headquarters in Trondheim, Norway, Q-Free supply and provide products and solutions for ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) users. Q-free provide solutions in parking, tolling, traffic management and connected ITS (C-ITS) alongside sensors for infrastructure, environmental and vulnerable road monitoring.

Regarding tolling, Q-Free provide a variety of tolling solutions and technologies to suit the needs of any user. It provides Electronic Toll Collection (ETC), Multi-Lane Free-Flow or Open Road Tolling, Congestion/Cordon-Based Charging, Automatic Vehicle Classification, Truck Tolling, and Managed/HOT Lanes. These solutions can cater to a single road, region or country.

Q-Free also specialise in providing In-Vehicle Systems, which include On-Board Units, Connected Vehicle/Connected ITS and Smart Device applications. Additionally, included in Q-Free’s services is a comprehensive Managed Services, which supports tolling agencies to ensure that optimised capital and operating expenditure.

Q-Free’s rage of data gathering products provide solutions for traffic management, but are also useful when dealing with Smart City and Mobility as a Service applications. Such data, gathered from a variety of sources, can be processed and shared with stakeholders to provide a means of distributing relevant data to travellers to improve their journeys, which can be easily accessed through the internet and various data apps.

The Road User Charging Conference at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels is less than two days away. Join us there, along with one of our networking partners, Multi Service Tolls.

Multi Service Tolls is based in the Netherlands and deliver toll solutions to trucking companies operating in Europe, providing full service solutions to make toll paying a quick and easy process. It manages toll cards and guarantees contracts with European operations and that toll payments are made, allowing transportation companies to dedicate more time to focus on their core business.

Multi Service Tolls provide its customers with fleet tracking, account management, administration and optimised toll payment costs for the lowest possible cost. Its products include a toll card which offers discounts and bonuses, as well as easy means of making toll payments as only one card is required. This makes tolling much more straightforward and helps to minimise transaction data and VAT costs.

Multi Service Tolls operate and provide products to companies all over Europe, in countries such as: Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Hungary, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Luxembourg, Norway, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Look out for Be-Mobile at the Road User Charging Conference this week as a networking partner. Be-Mobile is a smart mobility company specialising in providing a wide range of solutions for public authorities, road operators and private companies.  It provides actionable traffic management through the information acquired from road sensors, connected vehicles, traffic operators and multimodal mobility sources. Be-Mobile’s Big Data platform allows traffic flows optimisation as traffic control messages are transformed into personalised messages which appear on users’ dashboards or smartphones.

Be-Mobile also provide smart tolling and map matching solutions. Be-Mobile’s map matching covers the whole of Europe and allows for accurate real-time insights into traffic flow. The data from connected vehicles use smart algorithms to map each individual driver’s covered trajectory, guaranteeing accurate toll collection. Likewise, the tolling intelligence used by Be-Mobile is cloud based and therefore can be continuously updated and upgraded to unsure the most accurate tolling data is provided. Be mobile provides its customers with the necessary tools to collect the accurate tolling around, to enable road user incentives to avoid peak times for improved mobility and to deliver accurate map matching of routes.

Be-Mobile’s electronic tolling platforms offers the base for distance based tolling projects worldwide, enabling Toll Service Providers to operate distance bases tolling, time dependent tolling and to provide toll maps based on roll roads or zones.

Join them at the Road User Charging Conference on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th of March 2017!

The Road User Charging Conference is to commence on Wednesday on the 8th of March and we are proud to announce Cubic Transportations Systems as a networking partner.

Cubic provide integrated payment and information solutions for intelligent travel applications. It delivers integrated systems for both transportation and traffic management. Cubic’s wide range of tools provide real-time information to transport agencies and authorities, which, in turn, allows the management of demand across the whole transportation network. As a result, travellers are provided with the easiest and smartest to way to make and pay for any journeys made.

Cubic also serve the tolling industry, and have created a tolling platform which enables an integration of payment processing, customer service and financial management. Currently, Cubic manage $18 billion in revenues for the transportation industry. Cubic’s tolling solution aims to allow for multi-agency use, which means that each remains in control and can apply its own business rules, revenue apportionment and general ledger. This establishes a strong platform for both customer services and account-based payment processing for across states or regions for various agencies or operations.

This year, Cubic and Transport for London were awarded the “London First Award for Innovation” at the London First Awards, being the ninth major award that has recognised Cubic and Transport for London’s contactless payment system. They won the award for the introduction of the contactless bank card payment option for public transport in the UK’s capital. The contactless bank card system was first launched in 2012 and extended further in 2014 to cover the entirety of London- from tube and rail, to bus and tram services.

With the Road User Charging Conference approaching, we announce another one of our new networking partners, Axxès.

Axxès is a French company specialising in interoperable HGV toll collection. It was the first to introduce interoperability in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Belgium. Axxes is a major player in the tolling market and seeks to continually improve its European services. It does this by drawing on the skills of its staff and technological advances in order to deliver and develop its ambition, which is to lift all barriers and open up new prospects for its customers.

Axxès is a certified EETS provider (European Electronic Toll Service), having obtained its EETS certification of the 4th of January, 2016. Accordingly, Axxès provides a single device and a single contract for all European countries. The EETS promotes interoperability across all the toll networks in Europe by establishing the use of a single on-board unit and a single contract.

Axxès offer a single subscription with use ease of a single ViAxxes SAT On Board Unit, which uses a combination of microwave and satellite technology. The Viaxxes aim to offer a simplified tolling service, as well as providing support and saving for their customers.

In 2005, Axxès gained ASFA approval and became the first issuer to introduce electronic toll collection for coaches and heavy goods vehicles in France. Currently, Axxès have over 150,000 badges in circulation and serve over 30,000 customers with 40 different nationalities and over 50 partners across Europe. Axxes is currently working to extend its coverage to include Belgium in its interoperable network and begin to collect the Belgian mileage charge.

Keep a look out for Axxès at the Road User Charging Conference on the 8th and 9th of March!

As the countdown begins for the Road User Charging Conference on the 8th and 9th of March, we welcome Satellic as new additional networking partner. Satellic works under the supervision of Viapass and is responsible for the creation, financing, maintenance and operation of the kilometre chafing systems established in the three regions of Belgium in 2014.

As of the 1st of April 2016, it was required for any heavy goods vehicles in Belgium to have an On Board Unit (OBU) should it exceed a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The OBU must be used on any Belgian road and is to be levied on motorways and some regional or municipal roads.

The OBU, using satellite technology (GNSS) is able to track the route of the vehicle and its location. The device also works with mobile (GSM) and dedicated short range communication (DSRC). The road levy is determined by the type of road the HGV travels on, and the system adapts accordingly and takes into account: the road used, the maximum vehicle weight, the Euro emission class, and the distance travelled in a particular region.

Satellic’s system is flexible and will be undergoing further improvements and updates over the course of the following year to improve the user experience. The goal is to have the system continuously updated and improved as part of Satellic’s core mission, which the company sets out to accomplish daily. Since the launch of the system, several automated upgrades have meant that a few new features have been introduced. For example, journey visualisation (including the option of viewing and downloading several days at once), simplified coupling and decoupling, warning messages on the OBU display and fleet invoicing has allowed Satellic to successfully address the demands and needs of users.

Currently, more than 600,000 vehicles are registered with Satellic and the Belgium road network is used daily by around 130,000 to 140,000 heavy goods vehicles. Satellic ended 2016 on a good note as 530,000 of its OBU are installed in trucks which use the Belgian road network that exceed 3.5 tonnes. In addition, the kilometre charging systems for the Belgian Regions was recorded to have a GPS precision rate of 99.7%. This figure exceeds the Regions’ expectations. The closing figures for 2016 were announced by Thomas Pferr, 100 days after he had taken over as CEO of Satellic.

We would like to announce another addition to the Road User Charging Conference’s array of world-renowned networking partners: Egis. The Egis group is a French company consisting of around 13,000 employees that provide infrastructure and transport systems, as well as consultancy services and project structuring. Their dedicated project areas include roads, bridges and underground structures, urban transport and cross sector services. Egis’ engineering expertise in the road sector has been its biggest area of business where it specialised in providing network operations, through to project development. Egis takes on projects ranging from large scale to time-critical, working to develop tools that help make today’s infrastructure projects attainable in terms of being more environmentally friendly, more readable and safer- all through Egis’ exceptional infrastructure engineering capacity.

The construction of bridges, tunnels and dams also plays a key role in Egis’ infrastructure projects as geotechnical approaches are incorporated to optimise the environmental, economic and technical performance of their structures. Likewise, Egis adopt an eco-design approach in order to reduce the impact on the environment- from the natural and physical to the man-made. This environmental awareness also translates in their other projects, including areas such as urban transport and cities. They cater their transport solutions based on the individual needs of the city. Egis envision the city of tomorrow as one which addresses the challenges of the triple transition: demographic transition, energy and environmental transition, and the digital transition. Addressing these transitions include means of responding accordingly to our population growth, minimising our carbon footprint and adapt to climate change; and developing, incorporating and utilising new technologies- all of which Egis aim to achieve in their projects.

Egis has a worldwide presence with many well-established partnerships and relations. Currently, Egis has been a presence in Ukraine for over 20 years, in which time the company has become a key presence in Ukrainian infrastructure sector. Egis went from providing technical assistance and consulting services to increased involvement in major project that aimed to harmonise legislation and regional development in Ukraine. A team from Egis who worked on the design of the Citadelle Bridge in Strasbourg, which is due to be commissioned in April 2017, won an award in in the 2016 French National Engineering Awards as recognition for their design.

 

 

 

 

We would like to introduce and welcome Kapsch as a new networking partner for the Road User Charging Conference. The Kapsch Group is an international company that dedicated to providing telematics and telecommunications solutions, carrier and enterprise solutions. Part of the Kapsch Group is Kapsch TrafficCon, which specialises in equipping the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market with smart solutions, technology and services. It caters to the needs of both motorists and road authorities, promoting traffic flow in a variety of environments, from urban and inter-urban to motorways. Kapsch provide solutions in a variety of traffic related areas, one of which is tolling. For the tolling sector, it provides solutions that allow tolls to be paid quickly and with ease with all-electronic toll collection in free-flow traffic or automated payment at a toll collection point, through either distance-based or time-based charging. This can be done using radio communication, satellite vehicle tracking, automatic number plate recognition, vehicle classification using sensors and through smart phones.

Kapsch has recently expanded its expertise in the area of intermodal urban travel by acquiring 75 percent of Fluidtime, a leading mobility platform that provides users with real-time information about transport options, transport modes and alternative routes, along with an option to book and pay, all in a single user app. Through this acquisition, Kapsch can build up its position to become a service and platform provider for cities planning to adopt the upcoming Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) schemes.

Likewise, Kapsch TrafficCom and Axxès have announced plans to collaborate further to advance the European Electronic Tolling Services (EETS) domain in order to provide a wider range of improved services to users and operators alike. The two companies have previously collaborated and achieved successful outcomes, such as the “Viapass Kilometre Charge”, implemented in April 2016. This is based on an agreement between the Belgian Regions, in which heavy good vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will pay a charge based on distance travelled, as a means of financing road infrastructure. Therefore all HGVs that drive through Belgium ware required to have to an On Board Unit that records the number of kilometres covered, transmitting the total toll charge to an invoicing centre. Kapsch have provided a GNSS solution that has been equipped by a fleet of 200,000 trucks served by Axxès. Starting with Germany and Italy, the two companies plan to tackle the newly emerging toll domains on the EETS market.

Manufacturing and electronics giant Siemens have joined the Road User Charging conference as a networking partner.  Siemens is a multinational company with headquarters in the German cities of Berlin and Munich and numerous branch offices abroad. It specialises in a variety of industries, ranging from energy management, electronics and building technologies through to mobility. Within the mobility industry, Siemens provide a variety of services, such as traffic control, infrastructure, parking management, and tolling solutions. Siemens’  electronically based tolling solutions include on board units, toll calculation in vehicle unit, toll calculation in the control centre, alongside the use of video and RFID technology. Alongside this, it also provides Sitraffic Dynafee toll calculation that is based on the traffic situation, in which the toll price is determined through demand and traffic flow.

Siemens is continuously providing innovative technology and solutions to improve all aspects of mobility. For example, Siemens is responsible for developing the new technology which has revolutionised the traffic light to increase its energy efficiency, reducing its energy consumption to 1-2 watts, allowing it to avoid more than 6 kilograms worth of carbon emissions per year.  This “1-watt technology” was first presented last year at the Intertraffic exhibition in Amsterdam, with pilot projects launched in Bolzano, Italy and in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Germany.

Another project that Siemens has been involved in is the development of technology which is designed to improve traffic flow and safety on one of the busiest freeways in Germany.  Siemens collaborated with Infineon to develop radar sensor technology that works to communicate directly with the vehicle to ensure more intelligent use of the infrastructure, increasing road efficiency and safely. This way, congestion and hazards can be avoided as drivers are informed of any dangerous situations at an early stage of their journey and correspondingly provided with alternatives. This is to be tested on the A9 freeway between Munich and Nuremberg in Germany as part of the “Digital Freeway Test Field” project initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Future plans are also set to include the help of autonomous vehicles.

Transport for London has proposed the creation of a road tunnel in south-east London, between the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown, to be called the Silvertown Tunnel. The aim of the new tunnel is to reduce the traffic flow through the Blackwall Tunnel to relieve congestion, as well as offering an alternative route should any incidents arise. The tunnel will also cater to the needs of freight and delivery businesses, making them more reliable by providing a shorter journey time. The end result will be a more dependent and efficient road network to which caters to the needs of the public and businesses.  There are also plans to implement user charging at the Silvertown and Blackwall Tunnels as a means of generating income to fund the maintenance and construction of the Tunnel. Likewise, the Tunnel will allow the possibility of introducing new cross-river bus links.

Transport for London first applied to the Secretary of State for Transport for Development Consent Order in April 2016. Following on from this, in October 2016, a six-month public examination of the Silvertown Tunnel scheme began. The examination is due to be finished in April 2017. Should the application be successful, the construction of the Silvertown Tunnel will begin in 2018, with the expected completion date being in 2022/23.