A new technology being developed by Siemens
Mobility and NXP Semiconductors could
enable counties and municipalities to charge tolls on virtually every highway,
not just on the major arteries that employ toll booths today.
NXP are teaming up on the development of an electronics module that would combine
global positioning satellite (GPS) technology with the popular GSM (global
system for mobile communications) cell phone standard and near-field
communications (NFC) security technology. Together, the technologies would
enable toll collection from greater distances than the short-range RFID systems
used on major highways in the U.S.
today, and they would eliminate the need for expensive infrastructure, such as
build toll gates, it's a huge investment and it only covers the main roads," says Jeroen Alting von Geusau, business manager at NXP Semiconductors. "Using
GPS and GSM in a system like this, you could cover all the small roads and the
big roads, too. That's why people find it so interesting."
provide a chip and basic software that combine all the functions for toll
collection, such as GPS, NFC and GPRS (general packet radio service).
Interfaces for flexible telematics applications, such as traffic information,
will be provided on the automotive-grade, single-chip platform. Siemens will
develop the on-board unit (OBU), integrating NXP's single chip and software.
engineers say the system will have capabilities that go beyond road tolling.
"You could provide
traffic information and road tolling, and you could combine it with existing
(aftermarket) navigation systems," Alting von Geusau says. "With this, you get
a total telematics system that could perform all kinds of functions."