Tecsidel signs the second project in Honduras

Tecsidel and CROCS S.A. Of C.V have signed the project requested by the San Pedro de Sula municipality which will consist of the installation and commissioning of the Toll System for the south, north and east plazas of San Pedro de Sula (Honduras). It is a conventional toll system on three levels: lane, plaza and control center, and incorporates AVC Optical, the advanced vehicle classification system. This state-of-the-art Tecsidel system allows the detection of the number of axles and the double wheel of the vehicle thanks to the installation of optical photocells.

The project covers a total of 3 plazas and 15 mixed lanes (a combination of manual and automatic tolling) and includes the ITS+ application with three panels of variable messaging. Tecsidel ITS + is the system for the monitoring, control and comprehensive management of vehicular traffic, which is compatible with the main current communication protocols.

Due to Tecsidel working with turnkey solutions it is possible to offer a complete maintenance service that consists of:

• Preventive Maintenance: Systematic technical monitoring that aims to maintain the functionality and internal and external cleaning of the system components, in order to enable early incident diagnosis.

• Diagnostic-Corrective Maintenance: Technical analysis of hardware and software which identifies the cause of the anomaly and adopts the right solution.

The project is scheduled to be delivered to the San Pedro de Sula municipality in 2017, becoming Tecsidel’s second project in Honduras.

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The first ETC system in Indonesia will be implemented by Tecsidel

For the first time in Indonesia, AB TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS PTE LTD will install the Tecsidel ETC system (Electronic Toll Collection) on the Waru - Juanda highway in Surabaya and the Lingkar - Luar highway in Jakarta, Indonesia. For this innovative project, they have chosen Tecsidel and its wide international experience in this type of solutions.

The first phase of this project consists of the provision, implementation and commissioning of the Toll System with different technologies and payment means:

• Type 1 mixed lane: Cash and RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification). RFID technology allows the identification and monitoring of the TAG installed in the vehicle by using radio waves, whose frequency ranges around 900 MHz. The passive TAG is often chosen by concessionaires because of its low cost compared to the DSRC active TAG.

• Type 2 mixed lane: Tap Card (Contactless) and DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication). DSRC is a short to midrange wireless communication channel that operates on the 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum with 75 MHz bandwidth. DSRC is designed specifically for automotive use and a corresponding set of protocols and standards. Active TAGs have a local power source as a battery and can operate hundreds of meters from the DSRC reader.

The purpose of this project is to show to the Indonesian government the technological effectiveness of Tecsidel ETC systems for a future migration of all toll plazas in the country. This decision would become a turning point in the evolution of Indonesian infrastructure, since Electronic Tolling has many advantages.

The ETC system increases user comfort and safety during payment and drastically reduces the level of error in transactions and traffic congestion. Nowadays there are a lot of countries that count on this state-of-the-art Tecsidel solution.

Tecsidel starts its first project in Honduras

Tecsidel was awarded the first project in Honduras by the concessionaire COVIHonduras (Concesionaria Vial Honduras S.A de C.V.). This project consists of the supply, installation and commissioning of the Toll Collection System for 4 plazas of the CA-5 Norte road in Honduras. This road comprises Corredor Logístico Goascorán – Villa de San Antonio, and Tegucigalpa – Villa de San Antonio – San Pedro Sula – Puerto Cortés.

The renovation comprises 4 plazas:

• Zambrano: located at kilometer 37

• Siguatepeque: located at kilometer 112

• Yojoa: located at kilometer 183

• Lamani: exact location to be determined

There are 6 mixed lanes for each plaza, a total of 24 lanes, and the means of payment accepted are cash, credit card or TAGs. The proposal implemented by Tecsidel consists of a three-level toll system: lane, plaza and central system (Back Office), as well as a Customer Service Center (CAC), which allows the concessionaire to manage the issuance of TAGs and other electronic devices.

Tecsidel Toll System is designed to:

- Be safe and efficient.

- Enable the maximum control of procedures for collection, fraud and incident control.

- Operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without interruption.

It is worth mentioning that COVIHonduras (www.covihonduras.com) is part of Hidalgo and Hidalgo, Construcción y Administración SA group; which are leading companies in providing engineering, construction, maintenance and infrastructure management services in countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Colombia and Honduras.

This renovation project on one of the main roads in Honduras implies an important improvement in the infrastructures of the municipalities involved.

MEP, the future of Electronic Toll Collection

The requirements of the collection systems in the tolling industry continue to evolve. While concessionaires demand transaction effectiveness, users look for commodity. Nevertheless, they have two goals in common: to avoid queues at toll stations and manage electronic payments. Tecsidel found the most complete solution for both sides, MEP. This distinctive system allows management of all electronic payment devices, associated to users’ accounts.

MEP is a BackOffice solution, 100% WEB platform, which becomes an intermediary between final customers (individuals or companies) and vehicular infrastructure operators such as highways, car parks, gas stations, municipalities for access control... The payment is electronic, made by TAGs or other electronic standard payment means, which allows time to be saved during the journey as well as a comfortable and secure transaction, due to the user not needing to bring cash.

The process has three simple steps:

1.- The OPERATOR creates an account in the Data Base registering the users’ data. Through this operation, the system links the customer data to the vehicle and the TAG or other electronic device that will be used during the journeys.

2.- The OPERATOR registers transactions, updates balances and generates all passages invoicing.

3.- The USER recharges the balance. The same electronic device and account can be used in all integrated concessionaires.

The platform is very intuitive and it allows the user to check the account and recharge by only entering the TAG or registration number. Furthermore, the system is multi-vehicle; the user can register more than one vehicle, used for personal or business purposes.

Tecsidel MEP has access to multiple payment platforms and the user accounts can be pre-paid, where the customer updates the balance and can recharge on the spot on the website or by automatic charge, or post-paid, where the system generates all passages invoicing periodically.

This comprehensive solution means win-win for final users and the concessionaires, because as well as the advantages mentioned before, the system creates several reports that allows them to control the complete financial status. In addition, between operators and Tecsidel MEP the SFTP protocol is implemented, where all transactions are sent in batches, once these transactions are validated.

Latest Tecsidel MEP implementations, whose brand names are Easyway and E-pass, are located in Peru. In both cases, the system's functions are focused on account management, TAGs, transactions and transfers, financial and shift management, and operating over the country.

The most important technical features of Tecsidel MEP are:

  • Visual user interface, 100% WEB and intuitive

  • Compatible with the main Browsers

  • High standard security

  • Auditable operations

  • Generation of low network traffic

It is also important to mention that this solution makes the operator able to make announcements and notifications to the customers by conventional mail, email or SMS.

The MEP system architecture consists of the following functional modules:

- BackOffice WEB module: This makes all the service configurations, billing, transactions revision, etc.

- Customer Area: Subset of CRM functions executed by the final customer.

- MEP Manager Service: This performs all periodic systematic tasks of the platform such as sending and receiving lists and batches, automatic billing, communication with CRM modules, etc.

The integration with ERP, credit operators and different Back Office applications allows the MEP system to be a comprehensive and interoperable solution in a whole country.

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