in brief IBM today said it had finished its deployment of a toll and traffic management system for Queensland's road authority.
The 18-month project had IBM designing, building and deploying a
central tolling system to enable Queensland Motorway to cut down on
traffic snarls via the removal of cash toll payments. IBM had been
appointed in 2008 as the systems integrator for the project,
working alongside infrastructure provider Thales. The total value of the project
was $22 million.
The system uses roadside sensors and imaging technology (for licence plates) to carry
out transactions, supported by an SAP customer relationship
management database containing vehicle and owner information.
According to Big Blue, traffic incidents around the toll booths had
decreased by 80 per cent.
The system was also meant to enable more intelligent roads. "The
technology and system developed and implemented for free-flow
tolling will greatly assist Queensland Motorways in providing
customers with access to information such as projected travel times
and help them make informed travel decisions," Phil Mumford, chief
executive officer of Queensland Motorways said in a statement. "The idea
ultimately is to have 'a motorway that thinks' — a more intelligent
solution that will give our customers a better range of options for