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Introduction

Here you can find a description of an open Conventional Toll Collection System. In this type of system, all users will pay a fixed fare for the corresponding vehicle category every time they pass through a toll plaza, independently to the extension of their trip.

General architecture of the system

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1. The following payment modes are normally used:

  • In cash
  • Magnetic Stripe credit cards
  • AVI (tele-toll)

2. The toll system can be divided into three basic levels:

  • Lane level
  • Plaza level
  • Management level

Rail type

      Toll systems with these characteristics have toll plazas lanes with automatic and manuals lanes.

Vehicles categories

      This toll system usually categorizes vehicles according to the following chart:
TIPO  DESCRIPCIÓN
1 Motorcycles
2 For up to 2 axis-vehicles, up to 2,10mts in height, without double tyre
3 For up to 2 axis-vehicles, with more than 2,10mts in height or with double tyre
4 For more than 2 and up to 4 axis-vehicles, up to 2,10mts in height, without double tyre
5 For more than 2 and up to 4 axis-vehicles, with more than 2,10mts in height or with double tyre
6 For more than 4 and up to 6 axis-vehicles
7 For more than 6 axis-vehicles

LANE LEVEL

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The lane level has three options:

  • Unidirectional manual lane
  • Bidirectional or reversible manual lane
  • Manual/Automatic lane (tele-toll)

Manual (unidirectional)

The manual lane is used to collect manually and according to the vehicle category selected by the operator (in the toll booth).

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Manual Lane

Manual (bidirectional or reversible lane)

The functionality of this type of lane is the same as the functionality of the unidirectional one. The only difference is that the bidirectional lane can operate in both directions.

It includes a device to prevent the lane opening in both ways at the same time; that is to say, when a lane controller is operating one way, it stops the associated lane controller from operating the opposite way.

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Reversible Lane

Manual lane /AVI (Automatic Vehicle identification)

The Manual /AVI lane operates in the following modes:

– Manual. It is used for the manual toll collection.

– AVI. The passage is performed using a transponder in the vehicle, which is read by an antenna placed in the toll plaza. The vehicle category information is included in the transponder. This system is also know as tele-toll.

– Manual and AVI. The passage of the vehicle can be done indistinctly: either manually or using the transponder.

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Manual lane / AVI

Plaza level

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The plaza level has all the equipment and software to control the usage of toll lanes and to obtain all the relevant information. It also includes the necessary elements for the collecting task an the maintenance and diagnostic of the lanes’ equipment and software.

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MANAGEMENT LEVEL

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Introduction

Management Level is the group of sub-systems that concentrates information from the different Toll Plazas that make up the Toll System. This level allows generating information for its correct administration. This information is acquired through different software systems.

The sub-systems that are part of the Management Level work automatically in a server. it means that they keep communicated with the Toll Plazas, without any operator’s intervention.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MANAGEMENT LEVEL SOFTWARE

All the data generated in the toll operation is unified at this level. Its integrity is verified, the provisional information is consolidated and the information security mechanisms are managed. Besides, all this information is stored in a data base that allows a historic log request. Lastly, an interface with the administrative system of the toll concessionaire is done so as to generate all the administrative and accounting information required by this system.

  • Internal control, consolidation and audit of data originated in the Toll Plazas.
  • Centralization of this data in a general data base for the different users’s consultation.
  • Administration of users’ access to the different system’s levels.
  • Files generation to be transmitted to the administrative / accountancy system.
  • Centralization and distribution of the external information to be introduced in the system (fares, issuer banks, commercial lists, etc)
  • Interfaces Management with different external institutions (Banks, credit cards, etc)

MANAGEMENT LEVEL CLIENTS

The interaction between the different toll system users and the toll plaza and operative management is performed through a series of programs called “Clients” which include different functionalities. At the same time, it will be possible to enter the functionality of each “Client Program” according to the access of the user when logging into the system.

The Administration Client and the Validation Client are the only ones allowed to interact with the system.

TOLL ADMINISTRATION CLIENT

Functions:

  • Administration of Toll System Tables
  • Reports’ issuance
  • Maintenance

Administration of Toll System Tables

It administers all the Toll System’s adjustable tables. When one of them is selected it is possible to add, delete or modify a register. Therefore it is possible to administer:

– Toll Plazas
– Titular members
– Types of documents
– Payment modes
– Users (operators)
– Issuers
– Fares
– Lane messages
– Correction codes
– Anomalies’ justifications

Reports issuance

It delivers the different reporting options planned for the system.

The system will produce detailed and reduced information about traffic, income and transactions. All cash transactions, bank credit cards, etc will be supported by receipts and original documents. A daily state of income conciliation related to collecting activities will be prepared.

– Diagram of total traffic per toll plaza
– Time frame transit report
– Network summary
– Satistical collecting report
– Traffic by category
– Time frame traffic report
– Traffic and collection
– Collection bags
– Collection by dates

Maintenance

It allows the administration of the Management module general parameters, as well as the users’ password management.

VALIDATION CLIENT

The shift validation allows inspecting all settled ones. The Validation staff is in charge of this process. It contemplates the shift validation, the Z reports, the bank deposits conciliation, the transit validations, etc.

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Functions

Validate z closing:

Fiscal Controller sales report validation.

Validate shifts:

It allows inspecting all the settled shifts and assuming corrective actions in all the anomalous transits.

Validate amount differences:

Validation and justifications of differences in shifts collections per accounting working days, shift and bag. The Real Difference amount of an operation shift is obtained here.

Authorize revalidation:

Authorization of an already validated shift.

Update Booth operators’ dossiers:

This process keeps updated the information of the booth operators and supervisors dossier. This is useful for the monthly report of collections’ differences to be discounted from salaries.

Interchange management information:

This process incorporates the management information generated manually in the toll plazas.

Generate countable interface:

Communication interface management with JDE System.

Generate Z closing interface:

Communication interface management with JDE System.

Conciliate bank deposits:

Conciliation of bank deposits with the collections performed by the collecting company.

Validate collecting report:

Bank deposits validation.

Rehabilitate a deposit conciliation:

Access to an already settled bank deposit to be able to associate it again to another Deposit.

View screen change validation:

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Reports

  • Summary of the Network without Validation.
  • Preliminary Validation report.
  • Validated shifts report.
  • Traffic and collection by payment mode.
  • Collection bags.
  • Collection per shift.
  • Total collection settled.
  • Collection Bags pending deposit.
  • Collection pending deposit.
  • Bank deposits..
  • Deposits made by Collecting company.
  • Deposits detail by deposit receipt Differences of total collection.
  • Differences of total collection by countable working day.
  • Settled collections report.
  • False tickets report.
  • Invalidated tickets report.
  • Collection differences per booth operators.
  • Differences per booth operator.
  • Other income.
  • Per-book entry.

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