Example of KarTrak being used on toll systems
V A I f f , ; I 'J I t ' I - , ' , V ' ' 1 t$ ,r ' ' I J ' 4 f Sit i I ; -1 -1 I , i 7?7' iff' - ' i ' - " . j f I i TURNPIKE COMPUTER-William COMPUTER-William COMPUTER-William J. Flanagan, executive director of the N. J. Turnpike Authority, inspects a Kartrak Automatic Car Identification computer which records the number of trips a vehicle makes through a toll booth on the turnpike, then records the information so bills may be tabulated. Automatic Toll Collectors: Here's How They Do It EAST BRUNSWICK - New Jersey Turnpike Authority members members were given a sales pitch yesterday on a new toll-collecting toll-collecting toll-collecting toll-collecting device which records customers customers by means of a coded number number on his vehicle, then bills him later for his fare. Representatives of Sylvania Electric Products Inc. and Associated Associated Toll Systems Inc., the manufacturer and marketing agency, respectively, made the presentation at the authority's administration building. Look Over Samples Authority members were also taken outside to look at samples of the equipment. The apparatus apparatus was not connected to a power source, however, and was not operated. The new system entails the reading of a coded number from a permanent color-pattern color-pattern color-pattern chart affixed to the side of a vehicle as it passes through a toll gate, and then the translation translation of that number into the name of a customer. Numbers taken from the vehicle vehicle at points of entry and departure departure from the turnpike would be compared by a computer, and the fare calculated. The customer would then be billed periodically for his accumulated accumulated fare and the money would be collected under normal credit agency methods. The authority presently has a credit system for some major customers, but requires a human toll collector to record the credit credit number from a card provided by the driver. Joseph F. Morecraft, authority chairman, asked on completion of the presentation that the industry industry representatives provide a summary of the information in a letter and invite the members later for a demonstration. Potential Seen Me said the program had "potentiality" for the turnpike, and should be explored further. The recording system was developed developed by Sylvania for keeping records on cars for railroad companies, eliminating the need to have individual inspectors keep tabs on each car location by walking along the track. The Associated Toll Systems representative said his company worked with Sylvania to modify the equipment for toll road use in response to inquiries from toll road authorities and installed a pilot system on the Laurentian Auto Route in Canada in the fall. He said Canadian authorities were "very pleased" with the equipment, but found it was not economical for such a low-volume low-volume low-volume low-volume road operation. The industry spokesmen said the device would probably find its heaviest use with big users of the turnpike, such as bus and trucking companies. They said, however, the color chart could be produced in the size of a punch-card punch-card punch-card for use on private autos. The colors would be photographed photographed by a camera device mounted at the side of the toll-lane, toll-lane, toll-lane, translated into a number, and fed into a central computer. Would Sound Alarm Customers who attempted to forge their number by changing the color scheme, they said, would be rejected by the decoding decoding equipment in most instances instances for lack of a workable number, and could be flagged down by police alerted by an alarm. i ' vA - I .. I L. J . ISC jy !lJ ! f : JU!Bawi8W&w& -Wife -Wife A jijjS I COMPUTER TARGET Turnpike em-ploye em-ploye em-ploye demonstrates the position of the target target used to record the number of trips vehicle makes through a toll plaza and relays relays it to a computer which stores the information information for invoices.