Toll collection system

  • US 5,819,234 A
  • Filed: 07/29/1996
  • Issued: 10/06/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/29/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for toll collection and administration, the method comprising:

  • providing a central computer containing a plurality of regular toll accounts, wherein each regular account is associated with a unique, corresponding individual or business entity;

    providing a first plurality of transponders, each transponder having an associated unique vehicle tag number identifying the transponder and a circuit for wirelessly transmitting the tag number to a toll plaza receiver;

    correlating in the central computer the first plurality of transponders with the regular account numbers so that each transponder is associated with a unique regular account number;

    activating selected ones of the first, regular accounts in response to receipt of applications and prepayment fees from the individuals or business entities associated therewith;

    pre-authorizing and activating a second plurality of anonymous toll accounts associated with a second plurality of transponders which are not associated with any individual or business entity and crediting each of the second anonymous accounts with selected predetermined prepaid toll amounts;

    sensing the passage of transponders through a toll plaza and charging a toll against a corresponding one of the first and second plurality of accounts; and

    operating a software routine which bills a toll amount against the regular and anonymous toll accounts in response to the passage of the transponders through a toll plaza.

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