A tag that can be used to pay tolls wirelessly virtually anywhere in the country adds a new level of convenience for our renters
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (PRWEB) December 16, 2008
"A tag that can be used to pay tolls wirelessly virtually anywhere in the country adds a new level of convenience for our renters," said Michael Caron, vice president of product and program development for Avis Budget Group. "We were the first company in our industry to offer electronic toll collection, and our customers will now be the first to enjoy this enhanced new service."
The new tags for Avis and Budget vehicles will be tested and deployed by HTA, which provides electronic toll payment services to Avis Budget Group.
"When I learned that the eZGo Anywhere transponder was being introduced in September of this year, I knew that a rental company's customers could really benefit from this new service," said David Centner, president and chief executive officer of HTA. "In addition, Avis Budget Group will benefit from having greater flexibility in managing its dynamic fleet movements because the transponders work virtually anywhere."
The eZGo Anywhere transponders are interoperable with more than 95 percent of all toll systems in the United States, and have quickly garnered interest of motorists, business travelers, trucking companies, and rental businesses that want to enjoy the simplicity of wireless toll payment.
Kelly Gravelle, TransCore's chief technical officer, explained, "The fleet management aspects of the rental car model along with the needs of their customers were among the factors that we considered in creating a new and better way for travelers to bypass cash toll lanes. With more and more municipalities and states adding electronic toll systems to highways, bridges and tunnels, some of which do not even offer a cash toll option, having a transponder that can go 'anywhere' the vehicle goes is a significant benefit for both drivers and transportation companies alike."
Studies show that using electronic toll collection services helps reduce vehicle emissions, and saves travelers time, making their business travel more productive and their leisure travel more enjoyable.
About eZGo Anywhere Onboard Unit
The eZGo Anywhere onboard unit (OBU) operates in the 902-928 MHz frequency range, and is a high-speed, high-performance RFID tag suitable for electronic toll collection and traffic management applications where a standard on-board unit is specified. The eZGo Anywhere OBU employs advanced security techniques that ensure a tag's authenticity while preventing data corruption and/or alteration. In addition, tag cloning, spoofing, copying, or duplicating is prevented. eZGo Anywhere OBUs support factory programming of fixed data fields that are locked at the factory and cannot be reprogrammed.
eZGo Anywhere is a trademark of TransCore, LLP.
TransCore's 70-year heritage supporting the transportation industry spans a range of offerings for the toll, traffic management, airport, parking, access control, rail, intermodal, trucking, and homeland security markets. With products and installations in 46 countries, more than 100 patents worldwide, and pioneering applications of RFID and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. TransCore has more than 2,000 employees in 80 locations throughout the world.
TransCore operates as a unit of Roper Industries. Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company with trailing twelve month revenues of $2.3 billion, and is a component of the Standard & Poor's S&P Mid-Cap 400, Fortune 1000, and Russell 1000 Indexes. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications.
About Highway Toll Administration (HTA)
HTA was the first electronic-toll-payment service provider to the car-rental industry and today has an estimated 75% market share by transaction volume. Through its patent-pending technology and proprietary services, HTA offers the most comprehensive solutions in its field, from transponder rentals to video tolling and violations processing. The company's customers include Avis, Budget, National, Alamo and dozens of independents and franchises, such as of Dollar, Thrifty and Payless. HTA operates under the respective brands of its customers; for example, Avis eToll, and National and Alamo Toll Pass. HTA is based in Great Neck, N.Y. For more information, visit http://www.htallc.com.
Highway Toll Administration is a trademark of Highway Toll Administration, LLC.
About Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Avis Budget Group (NYSE: CAR) is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, with operations in more than 70 countries. Through its Avis and Budget brands, the Company is the largest general-use vehicle rental company in each of North America, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions based on published airport statistics. Avis Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has approximately 28,000 employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visit http://www.avisbudgetgroup.com.
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