Illinois inks toll system deal with SAIC

The Illinois Tollway authority has awarded Science Applications International Corp a $6.6 million contract to assist in systemwide conversion to a barrier-free electronic toll collection system, the company has announced.

Under the contract, SAIC’s Security and Transportation Technology business unit will provide equipment to upgrade the tollway’s violation enforcement system.

The system enforces toll fees by capturing license plate images of cars and trucks that pass through toll lanes without paying.

The Illinois Tollway includes more than 180 toll lanes with license plate image capture, coupled with SAIC-provided optical character recognition capability to process more than tens of thousands of violations each day.

The system can capture images of license plates of vehicles traveling up to 100 mph and is installed in more than 650 toll lanes throughout the United States.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News’ sister publication, Washington Technology.

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