Star Systems launches next-generation, multi-protocol tolling reader

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Hong Kong-based RFID (radio frequency identification) hardware, tag and professional services provider Star Systems International (SSI) has launched Titan; a new high-performance, multi-protocol tolling reader.

Designed specifically for high-speed, multi-protocol, revenue generating tolling systems, Titan supports four antennas and multiple RF communications protocols including: ISO 18000-6C/63, TDM (IAG), ISO 18000-6B-80k, ISO 18000-6B, ISO 10374 (ATA), Title 21 (T21), Artefato SJ5511, and FLEX. In addition to high-speed, multi-protocol support, Titan has been designed with several innovative features including: cellular signal rejection, Doppler compensation and pre-distortion optimization. These features work together to deliver the highest level of read accuracy for demanding open-road tolling (ORT), multi-lane free flow (MLFF), and high-occupancy tolling (HOT/HOV) systems.

Titan is designed for extreme outdoor weather conditions, and is fully FCC and ETSI compliant for global deployments. The unit boasts an upper operating temperature of -40°C to +70°C (ambient) and can transmit at full power using PoE+ (Power-over-Ethernet). Complimented by an internal database that can persistently store up to one million transactions, Titan’s highly flexible software platform has been designed with future upgradeability in mind. Support for Gen2V2 and ISO 18000-63 encryption features provide secure over-the-air communications channels for applications where security is a concern.

“This is not just another RFID reader,” said SSI’s CTO, Stephen Lockhart. “Titan is the next step in cognitive radio design and takes the state of the industry a significant step forward, with innovative features to improve performance in the demanding roadside environment.”

SSI’s managing director, Bob Karr, added, “We have spent considerable time and resources bringing this world-class product to the Smart-City initiative markets. We expect that Titan will set the standard for tolling readers for years to come and be a key to enabling smart cities worldwide.”

SSI supplies passive tolling devices across the globe, with major deployments across India and Taiwan, as well as to members of the 6C Toll Operators Coalition and other tolling operators within the USA. Two of the company’s products have just completed testing and certification by the OmniAir Consortium; the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification for ITS, tolling and connected vehicles. The SSI devices that have been OmniAir Certified are the Vektra Windshield Sticker Tag, and the innovative Solana Passive Transponder, which can be mounted on either a vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, making it a simple, single solution for any vehicle.

Lockhart commented, “Having our devices go through OmniAir’s rigorous certification program reinforces our commitment to our customers and bringing the best products to market.”

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