3M has announced that Ambassador Bridge is the first organization in the USA to install the company’s newly available ID6204 Multi-protocol Reader. The new ID6204 reader, which was formerly under the Sirit brand, is capable of reading all six tolling protocols currently used in North America, ensuring seamless interoperability, regardless of type of toll tag deployed on customer vehicles. The ID6204 fully supports: ISO 18000-6C; ISO 18000-6B; ISO10374; CalTrans Title-21; ASTMv6; and PS111 (IAG) protocols. The reader allows additional protocols to be supported through firmware updates. The new reader also features an exclusive software-controlled radio technology, so protocols can be turned on and off remotely with a simple command, should business conditions change. The Ambassador Bridge is a key international transit corridor, linking Windsor, Ontario in Canada, with Detroit in the USA, and is one of the most heavily traveled international crossings in the country.
“We are pleased to team with Ambassador Bridge to effectively meet their needs,” said John Freund, global sales manager at 3M Traffic Safety Systems. “Our ID6204 is one of the first commercially deployed multi-protocol readers able to read every type of toll tag used in North America, including E-ZPass tags, which are widely deployed in the Northeast.” Randy Spader, operations manager for Ambassador Bridge, commented, “Due to the large amount of commercial truck traffic the bridge handles, it was critical to accommodate customer vehicles that may have tags originating from throughout North America. With this new reader product, we have a long-term solution that can capture all tags with disparate technologies, such as California Title 21 and E-ZPass at the same time.” The Ambassador Bridge has previously used the company’s reader technology, as the bridge had the first installation of the ID5100 multi-protocol readers in North America in 2009. “Our successful operations with 3M readers over the past several years was another compelling factor in our upgrade to the latest product,” noted Spader.
21 September 2012
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