ACS, A Xerox Company, Helping Maryland Drivers Get There Quicker with All-Electronic Road
DALLAS -- Drivers can dramatically reduce their commute times by using Maryland’s first all-electronic toll (AET) road, the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200, with technology from Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS), A Xerox Company (NYSE: XRX).
Under a contract with the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), ACS designed, developed and integrated the all electronic open road tolling system for Maryland’s newest highway, allowing drivers to stay moving at posted highway speeds, rather than slow down to move through a tolling booth. Payment for tolls will be collected via drivers’ E-ZPass transponders, allowing traffic to continue moving freely and openly.
“ACS’ ability to collect tolls at highway speeds will produce immediate benefits and time savings for drivers,” said Randolph Brown, deputy executive secretary, Maryland Transportation Authority. “We project that some travel times can be reduced by up to seventy percent when using the ICC route as compared to travelling congested local roads.”
ACS installed the overhead and roadside hardware and related software needed for the AET to function. Off the road, ACS will handle system repair and maintenance, as well as the operation of the customer service center for the ICC.
“This project shows where toll related transportation technology is clearly headed – by going all-electronic, we’re reducing traffic congestion and lessening the burden of the daily hectic commute,” said Ken Philmus, senior vice president and managing director, ACS Transportation Systems and Services. “ACS’ expertise in this area is helping drivers to gain back the time they’ve traditionally spent stopping at toll booths and allowing transportation agencies to maximize mobility on new and existing highways.”
The MDTA opened the first section of the ICC, a seven-mile stretch in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area connecting Interstate 370 to Georgia Avenue (MD 97), to the public Feb. 23. Drivers had the opportunity to test drive the road free-of-charge until tolls went into effect March 7 at 12:01 a.m.
ACS is the largest provider of transportation technology services worldwide, including parking, tolling, mass transit and photo enforcement services supporting governments in 30 countries. ACS currently manages 1.4 billion toll transactions annually and 10 million transponder accounts.
Xerox Corporation is a $22 billion leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to focus on what they do best: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Through ACS, A Xerox Company, which Xerox acquired in February 2010, Xerox also offers extensive business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, HR benefits management, finance support, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The 136,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit http://www.xerox.com, http://news.xerox.com, http://www.realbusiness.com or http://www.acs-inc.com. For investor information, visit http://www.xerox.com/investor.
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