Feig Electronics launches ORT systems to North American market at IBTTA Annual Meeting


One of the leading global suppliers of RFID (radio frequency identification) readers and antennas, Feig Electronic, showcased its free-flow open road tolling (ORT) technology at last week’s International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, with the company’s portfolio now available in the USA market.

Feig demonstrated its innovative technology portfolio for ORT Systems and Stationary Plaza Tolling for the first time in the USA during the IBTTA’s 86th Annual Meeting, which took place from October 14-16 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Founded in 1966, Feig is a leading global supplier of controllers, sensors, and identification and payment technology, with distribution partners serving 150 countries throughout the world.

Headquartered in Weilburg, Germany, Feig Electronics Inc. has opened a USA location in Duluth, Georgia, USA, to serve their customers in North America, which primarily focuses on identification systems using RFID technology.

Feig has now launched its comprehensive electronic tolling technology portfolio to the US market, including passive RFID readers and antennas, contactless payment terminals, barrier control units, and inductive loop detectors for free-flow ORT deployments. The company is one of the few suppliers worldwide offering RFID readers and antennas for all standard operating frequencies: LF (125kHz), HF (13.56MHz), UHF (860-960MHz).

Feig’s long-range, UHF RFID technology conforms to the established international tolling standards and meets the challenges of high-speed vehicle identification. The company’s passive UHF RFID technology allows toll collection in free-flowing traffic without vehicles having to stop at toll plazas, ensuring optimal throughput while reducing operational costs.

Feig offers proven data collection, authentication and identification solutions for ORT, as well as secure contactless payment systems for plaza-based tolling. Feig readers, which are available for plug-in, desktop and handheld applications, support next-generation contactless credit cards, debit cards, smart cards, NFC and access control credentials to enable fast, accurate, reliable and secure transactions.

At the IBTTA show, Feig highlighted its latest ETC reference projects, such as the Mersey Gateway Bridge near Liverpool in the UK. The six-lane bridge operates using state of the art UHF-RFID technology to ensure free flow tolling, and won the IBTTA’s 2018 Toll Excellence Award for Private Sector Innovation for the prime contractor, Emovis.

Users register online to obtain the windshield-mounted EPC class1 Gen2 vehicle identification transponder, which is then scanned by Feig’s LRU1002 UHF Long Range Reader, and two ANT.U600/270 UHF Long Range Circular Antennas that are installed above each lane in addition to a license plate recognition (LPR) camera. Transponder serial numbers and license plate image data are simultaneously transmitted to the Emovis back-office system for payment processing.

“Our Free-Flow Tolling Technology offers high-speed identification and contactless payment with maximum reliability and security. Our system prevents fraud and misuses because our technology uses encrypted functionalities and cryptographic authentication to identify cloned transponders,” said Manuel Haertlé, product manager of electronic tolling collection for Feig Electronics. “We are pleased to join the IBTTA and support ISO interoperability standards for the tolling industry.”

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