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20130030883Public transit system fare processor for multi-balance funding - An implementation of a system and method for processing transfer rides associated with at least one public transit network is provided. The system and method preprocess transactions to consolidate or eliminate unnecessary transactions with a financial institution clearing and settlement network.01-31-2013
20130030882Devices, Systems and Methods for Identifying and/or Billing an Individual in a Vehicle - Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for identifying a driver versus a passenger within a smart vehicle. This involves a determination of the relative positions of the wireless communication devices within the smart vehicle using near-field communication (NFC) or GPS, AGPS, etc. The wireless communication device detected closest to the driver seat is assumed to be the device owned by the driver. Once identified, the driver can be billed for tolls and other road services, based on the location of the smart vehicle. For instance, as the smart vehicle approaches a toll, a notification can be sent to all of the wireless communication devices. A response from a particular wireless communication device will result in the corresponding user's account being billed for the toll. Further, the smart vehicle can communicate with near-field transceivers placed, for instance, alongside a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. A driver of the vehicle can be billed, fined, or ticketed based upon a determination of an absence of passengers in the smart vehicle.01-31-2013
20130030881METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS - A radio frequency identification device includes an integrated circuit including a receiver, a transmitter, and a microprocessor. The receiver and transmitter together define an active transponder. The integrated circuit is preferably a monolithic single die integrated circuit including the receiver, the transmitter, and the microprocessor. Because the device includes an active transponder, instead of a transponder which relies on magnetic coupling for power, the device has a much greater range.01-31-2013
20130030880SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AND USING A DIGITAL PASS - A system, method, and article of manufacture for generating a digital pass is disclosed. The method may comprise retrieving a plurality of identity attributes, and grouping a subset of identity attributes in the plurality of identity attributes to generate at least one digital pass. The method may further comprise grouping a subset of static identity attributes and a subset of dynamic identity attributes to generate a digital pass.01-31-2013
20100153193VARIABLE-RATE TRANSPORT FEES BASED ON HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS - A system and method are responsive to actual or anticipated weather changes that are likely to have an adverse effect on roadway driving conditions in a given vehicle use area. Based on the anticipated severity of the weather condition, transport-related road and/or parking tolls and fees are increased in order to discourage unnecessary vehicle travel. Using a communication system such as a transponder network, changes in the tolls and fees can be transmitted to toll collection agencies, public parking facilities and other governmental and private enterprises responsible for the collection of vehicle transport fees. Rate change information and details of weather changes can also be transmitted to vehicles likely to be affected by the adverse condition and the consequent change in these fees.06-17-2010
20100161393SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITHIN A PARKING AREA - A method for delivering energy to an electric vehicle includes permitting access to a parking area that includes an energy delivery point, delivering energy to the electric vehicle from the energy delivery point, and determining a transaction cost.06-24-2010
20130046588TRUSTED INTERNAL INTERFACE - An interface and device architecture for a payment device. An interface between a payment application installed in a payment device and one or more value-add applications (such as loyalty programs, transit applications, etc.) that are also installed in the payment device. The API or interface design permits communications and data transfer between the payment application and one or more value-add applications. This reduces (and in some cases may prevent) the need for back-end server processing of data that may be relevant to both a payment transaction and to a function of the value-add application. Similarly, the same or another API or interface may enable communications and data transfer between a value-add application and the payment application.02-21-2013
20110202393INTEGRATED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAR POOLING USING SMART CARDS, GPS, GPRS, ACTIVE POSTER AND NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A method, integrated system and in-vehicle Active Poster for processing mobile touch transactions including carpooling transactions. The integration includes a near field contactless or swipe smart card or other portable identification device which may be standalone, affixed to, or part of a mobile or hand held portable wireless communication device, a touch sensitive Active Poster also with swipe or near field contactless communication capability and also incorporating or in communication with GPS or other vehicle location services capability for the vehicle, a car pool management or other service provider's system and application and a host computer with networking capability.08-18-2011
20120245981PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Various arrangements for offering vehicle parking are presented. Utilization data and interest data regarding a parking space of a parking facility may be tracked and stored. An amount of time the parking space of the parking facility has been used based on the utilization data stored about the parking space. An amount of interest in the parking space may be determined based on the interest data. In accordance with a set of defined rules, a price for the parking space may be determined based at least on the amount of time and the interest. The parking space may be offered to a customer at the determined price.09-27-2012
20130080216RFID VEHICLE TAG WITH MANUALLY ADJUSTABLE DATA FIELDS - An RFID tag for use in a vehicle for use in an electronic toll collecting system. The tag is capable of transmitting data to a tag interrogator indicating the occupancy status of the vehicle. In an embodiment, the tag has a user input and a visual and audible tag status indicator. The user input is used to change the occupancy status of the tag, wherein the occupancy status is a portion of a message sent by radio frequency to the interrogator when the vehicle passes through a toll area.03-28-2013
20100042482Multiple client field device data acquisition and storage - A system is provided for acquiring and storing field information, comprising field devices operable to gather field information and receive updated file information. The field devices may be placed in cradles, which facilitate the transfer of the field and file information. A network is provided for receiving the field information from the field devices and transferring the field information to field devices located in the cradles. The system also provides a server operable to receive the field information from the network, store the field information in data tables assigned to at least one client, and transmit updated field information to the network.02-18-2010
20100106567SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION BASED ON VEHICLE LOAD - A system for electronic toll collection from a vehicle including an electronic tag for capturing information including a number of passengers in the vehicle and an electronic tag identification, a wireless transmitter for transmitting the captured information; and a wireless receiver for receiving the captured information. The system further includes a toll computer for determining a toll fee for the vehicle based on the received number of passengers and a time of day. The wireless transmitter may be an IR or RF transmitter.04-29-2010
20120185302METHOD FOR OPERATING A PREPAID TAXI SERVICE - The present invention relates to a method for operating a prepaid taxi service. The method for operating a prepaid taxi is performed by a prepaid taxi management server connected to a reserving user personal computer (PC), an Internet payment system, and a taxi driving system over an Internet-based network. The method includes (a) receiving an origin and a destination searched for and selected by a reserving passenger who desires to use a prepaid taxi, (b) searching for and providing an optimal route by searching for routes between the origin and the destination, and calculating a travel distance along the optimal route, (c) calculating a taxi fare based on the calculated travel distance, and (d) receiving payment of the taxi fare calculated at (c) in conjunction with the Internet payment system.07-19-2012
20130046587SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PARKING RIGHTS - The invention relates to a method for managing parking rights. It comprises receiving, from each of a plurality of users, a request for issuing a parking right, each containing a unique identifier associated with a parking area and a license plate number identifying a unique vehicle; storing, in a centralised database, each request; issuing a parking right for each of the plurality of users, including a parking right expiry time; collecting a license plate number of a vehicle for which a parking right status is to be verified and a unique identifier associated with a parking area where the vehicle is located; querying the database, by comparing the license plate number with the license plate numbers stored in the database; and determining if a parking right has been issued that corresponds to the license plate number of the vehicle. A system for managing parking rights is also disclosed.02-21-2013
20090043647Metthod to activate electronic payment means in mobile terminal and activity server thereof - The present invention relates to an electronic payment means activating method and an activating server thereof. In the electronic payment means activating method, a usage approval of the inactive electronic payment means is requested by using first identification information of the inactive electronic payment means and personal user information of the user terminal, the first identification information is authenticated to determine usage approval of the active electronic payment means, a class of a user is detected by using the personal user information, a first parameter value corresponding to the detected class of the user and a usage approval message are provided to the user terminal, the first parameter value is established in the user terminal, the electronic payment means is activated, and a fare according to the first parameter value is paid by the electronic payment means.02-12-2009
20130073350PARKING SPACE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a system and method for allowing owners of private parking spots to rent their parking spots for occasional vehicles in real time, wherein the system is able to distinguish between occasional vehicles parked in the parking spot and vehicles belonging to the owner of the parking lot.03-21-2013
20130073349Method for the Computer Aided Management of Vehicles - An owned vehicle for use is registered at a management unit of a computer system as a rental vehicle. A first interface of the computer system that is accessible through registration, captures persons, approved by the vehicle owner, for a temporary use of the vehicle; a price model, specified by the owner, for the temporary use of the vehicle; and an operating area, defined by the owner. The operating area encompasses one or more demarcated areas, in which the vehicle may be parked by an approved person after the end of the temporary use. When an approved person is operating the vehicle, a data acquisition unit of the computer system receives telematically vehicle trip related data. An accounting unit determines, as a function of the vehicle trip related data and the price model for a predefined time for the respective approved person, an amount to be billed.03-21-2013
20130073348METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONDUCTING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS - A method of establishing wireless communications between an interrogator and individual ones of multiple wireless identification devices, the method comprising combining tree search and Aloha methods to establish communications between the interrogator and individual ones of the multiple wireless identification devices without collision. A system comprising an interrogator, and a plurality of wireless identification devices configured to communicate with the interrogator In a wireless fashion, the respective wireless identification devices having a unique identification number, the interrogator being configured to employ tree search and Aloha techniques to determine the unique identification numbers of the different wireless identification devices so as to be able to establish communications between the interrogator identification and individual devices without ones of the multiple wireless collision by multiple wireless identification devices attempting to respond to the interrogator at the same time.03-21-2013
20130073347VEHICULAR CITATION MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method and a system capable of capturing, storing and managing information relating to vehicle citations and/or vehicle violations that occur across one or more jurisdictions, locally, nationally and even internationally. The method and system also being capable of providing timely notification of the citations and/or violations, regardless of the jurisdiction, and regardless whether the owner of the vehicle is at home to receive a citation in the mail. The method and system still further capable of maintaining a complete and comprehensive list of all citations pending and paid, and an efficient and effective means to pay any fines associated with one or more citations in a single transaction.03-21-2013
20110015972SYSTEM FOR MANAGING METERED VEHICLE PARKING - Parking management system for automobile vehicles that uses two devices, a PJP and an MFL, which develop functions relating to traditional parking, or the controlled parking located in public thoroughfares. The PJP is a transmitter/receiver frontally equipped with three lights (green, yellow, red), which indicate the state of authorization of parking, and three lights (white, green, blue), which determine parking areas. At the rear part it will have an alphanumeric keyboard, a digital display and six keys (three for areas of controlled parking and three for the status of the payment for parking), and will be equipped with a card reader. The MFL will be a transmitter/receiver of waves, with a signal transponder, a computer, a printer, a coin box, a slot and a display for its possible manual use, and offers an auxiliary transmitter/receiver to send or receive telephonic messages relating to the service.01-20-2011
20110015971Computer controlled system and method for ensuring all vehicles entering and/or in an area are GPS location registered - A computer system and method wherein each vehicle in a jurisdiction, as a result of a regular or temporary registration process when the vehicle enters a jurisdiction temporarily at a border point, has a GPS receiver and transmitter installed and transmitting to a storage which stores for each vehicle identification code the location data and time An alarm detection system detects either loss of signal or tampering. A monitoring system also detects moving vehicles in an area, and positions reported by the monitoring means are compared with information being recorded on the computer system, and if these do not correlate, an unregistered vehicle alarm is generated. The system may be limited to vehicles entering at a border point, or new vehicles with GPS receivers and wireless transmitters installed at the time of manufacture.01-20-2011
20130066690CAR PARK CONTROL SYSTEM USING A THIRD-PARTY SYSTEM - A parking lot control system using a third-party system, having at least one transmitting device emitting an entry ticket including first and second sets of reading data, the first set of data being read by the third-party system which emits an exit password upon fulfillment of parking lot exit conditions. The control system also includes: a processing unit which communicates with the third-party system in order to receive the exit password therefrom, and at least one exit validation device which receives the exit password from the processing unit and reads the first and/or second set of data on the entry ticket in order to allow the release of vehicles having a ticket corresponding to the exit password generated by the third-party system. If no exit password is received, the validation device can operate redundantly in order to allow the release of vehicles meeting the exit conditions.03-14-2013
20130066689TRANSIT ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT WITH MOBILE DEVICE MESSAGING - Embodiments of systems, methods, and machine-readable media are disclosed for enabling the management of a transit user account of a transit system with a mobile device. Embodiments of a transit system utilizing such transit user accounts are also disclosed. Embodiments for enabling a mobile device to manage a transit user account can include receiving an identification code of a fare media and receiving contact information of the mobile device. The transit user account, which can be used in transactions of the transit system associated with the fare media, can be created using user information and a passcode. Additionally, the mobile device can be authenticated by sending at least one message to the mobile device and receiving at least one message from the mobile device.03-14-2013
20120271683METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONDUCTING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS - A method of establishing wireless communications between an interrogator and individual ones of multiple wireless identification devices, the method comprising combining tree search and Aloha methods to establish communications between the interrogator and individual ones of the multiple wireless identification devices without collision. A system comprising an interrogator, and a plurality of wireless identification devices configured to communicate with the interrogator In a wireless fashion, the respective wireless identification devices having a unique identification number, the interrogator being configured to employ tree search and Aloha techniques to determine the unique identification numbers of the different wireless identification devices so as to be able to establish communications between the interrogator identification and individual devices without ones of the multiple wireless collision by multiple wireless identification devices attempting to respond to the interrogator at the same time.10-25-2012
20090024458Position-based Charging - A method of position-based charging comprises the steps of identifying journey details, including a plurality of position data each representing a location of a position-sensing device during a journey. A cost is determined for the journey and the cost and an identification of the position-sensing device are forwarded from the position-sensing device to a payment processing service.01-22-2009
20080319837Pay Parking System and Method - A parking meter system where a vehicle detector is coupled with a microcontroller for detecting the presence or absence of a vehicle in the associated parking space has a plurality of monitoring units communicating with a single unit for accepting payment by coin, credit card or both. In this way the cost of installing and main-taining the system is reduced.12-25-2008
20120203599METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A SAFE TAXI SERVICE - A management server authenticates taxi drivers, searches for taxis near a taxi user, calls a taxi, searches for and tracks a taxi upon an emergency call from a taxi user, and updates assessment information about the services provided by taxi drivers. A taxi driver may undergo authentication on the taxi driver himself and his taxi before driving the taxi by putting his mobile terminal on a terminal holder mounted in the taxi upon a ride in the taxi. Before taking a ride in a taxi, a taxi user may receive driver information about taxis from the management server using a mobile terminal, and select a taxi after checking the received driver information.08-09-2012
20110282717METHOD FOR COLLECTING TOLLS FOR LOCATION USAGES - A method for collecting tolls for location usages of an on-board unit, which has a unit identifier in a road toll system and a mobile telecommunications identifier in a mobile telecommunications network. The method includes storing the unit identifier and the mobile telecommunications identifier of the on-board unit in a control centre of the road toll system, sending the position-fix data from the on-board unit, under the mobile telecommunications identifier as sole identification, to a toll calculation server, calculating location-anonymised toll data in the toll calculation server, and sending said toll data under the mobile telecommunications identifier to a control centre of the mobile telecommunications network, charging a user account assigned to the mobile telecommunications identifier in the control centre of the mobile telecommunications network, sending a confirmation to the control centre of the road toll system under the mobile telecommunications identifier, and retrieving the unit identifier associated with the mobile telecommunications identifier and providing the confirmation in the control centre of the road toll system.11-17-2011
20090210299Method and Apparatus for Simplifying the Handling of Complex Payment Transactions - A predetermined amount, which may, in general, be zero, less than, the same as, or greater than a (yet-to-be-determined) final transaction amount, is charged upon first presentation of a payment device to a merchant. A final transaction amount is calculated, preferably at a central server, subsequent to the first presentation. A variable adjustment value is calculated, preferably at the central server, by comparing the predetermined amount already charged with the final transaction amount. A new predetermined amount charged, upon a subsequent presentation of the payment device, is modified by the variable adjustment value.08-20-2009
20100153192TRAVEL FEE RATE SETTING BASED UPON TRAVEL MODE AND CONVENIENCE - Methods, including service methods, articles of manufacture, systems, articles and programmable devices are provided for charging a travel fee as a function of an ease of access to a travel option. A plurality of travel options is provided and ranked as a function of different environmental-friendliness values. Each of a plurality of different rates are set for each of the travel options, the rates set progressively lower as a function of a ranking of the travel option environmental-friendliness values. In response to a traveler selecting and using one of the travel options, an ease of access of the traveler to the selected travel option is determined and a travel fee charged as a function of the rate set for the selected travel option and the determined ease of access of the traveler to the selected travel option.06-17-2010
20090240575BICYCLE RENTAL SYSTEM AND STATION - A bicycle rental system and automated station that may be integrated with an automobile parking payment and management system. Users may pay for parking and/or rent and pickup bicycles at the station. The station has a meter, bicycle docks, and power plant. Transaction formalities for parking payment and rental may be handled at the meter. The bicycle docks each are adapted to secure a bicycle. The power plant uses a solar panel to collect power and stores it in energy storage device. Low-power operation may be achieved by placing some electronics in a low-power mode. Each bicycle dock may have a trigger mechanism that when activated powers on associated electronics. The bicycle docks may be divided among a number of bicycle modules. The bicycle modules provide flexibility and modularity so that the number of bicycle docks at a station may be changed.09-24-2009
20100036716ELECTRONIC TOLL SETTLEMENT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - The present invention relates to an electronic toll settlement device of a vehicle, more particularly, to a technology which settles an insufficient amount from a mobile communications server and delivers to a toll settlement server through a mobile communications terminal when the balance of a high-pass terminal is worth less than a toll.02-11-2010
20090138344TIME MONITORING SYSTEM - A system, a method, and a service that monitors the time a space is occupied. The time period for occupation of the space may be prepaid or the fees may accumulate while the space is occupied. The system detects when an occupant enters the space and starts a timer. The system further provides a user interface whereby a user may prepay for an allotted period of time or may accumulate time in the space and then be billed later. Identifying information about the occupant may be acquired by an imaging device. The imaging device may further poll the space to determine if and when the occupant departs from the space. Identifying information may also be acquired through a user interface in which a user may enter identifying information, such as a credit card, a license number, a VIN, a driver's license, etc. The fact that the space has been occupied, the identifying information, and any prepaid amounts are transmitted via a communication device to a control station. The control station may monitor events in the space such that when an occupant departs the space, the timer is reset. Alternatively, the control station may issue fees for use of the space, may issue penalties or even call for removal of the occupant from the space if occupation of the space exceeds the amount of time purchased or poses an abuse of the privilege of using the space.05-28-2009
20090089156DETERMINING A TOLL AMOUNT - A system, method, and computer readable medium for determining a toll amount comprises determining a capture rate of transports at a toll location and determining the toll amount based on the capture rate.04-02-2009
20100114675SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR BILLING TOLLS - Billing tolls accumulated during a rental period comprises a third party entity, a toll authority, and a toll rental entity coupled to the third party entity and to the toll authority, wherein the third party entity sends a request for service to the toll rental entity, wherein the toll rental entity sends the request for service during the rental period to the toll authority, wherein the toll authority stores the request, wherein the toll authority sends toll data to the toll rental entity based on the request, wherein the toll rental entity sends toll rental data to the third party entity based on the toll data, and wherein the third party entity generates a bill based on the toll rental data.05-06-2010
20090012851WIRELESS TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM - An assembly of devices for charging and cashless automatic payment of costs, e.g. toll, bridge toll, entrance and the like, charged on the basis of geographical locations and/or geographical areas and for the information on the events on the basis of the above-mentioned charging consists of a control centre (01-08-2009
20080270227System for Checking the Payment of Vehicle Parking Charges - A system for checking the payment of vehicle parking charges comprises, on the one hand, a vehicle-portable parking meter device (10-30-2008
20080270226ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION AND RENTAL VEHICLES - A method of calculating a usage fee for the use of electronic toll collection in a rental vehicle includes collecting customer information concerning customer's renting of one or more rental vehicles, collecting toll use information concerning the use of electronic toll collection at a tollgate, calculating a usage fee based upon the customer information and the toll use information, and displaying the usage fee.10-30-2008
20120296710PROCESSING TRANSACTIONS OF DIFFERENT PAYMENT DEVICES OF THE SAME ISSUER ACCOUNT - Each portable payment device associated with a single account within a payment processing system is distinguished using track data. The track data from the portable payment device is read at each of a plurality of merchant point of sale terminals (POS). Rather than relying on the PAN alone, a merchant may utilizes the track data, or a proxy thereof, as the unique identifier for the portable payment device. The merchant may then process transactions involving the portable payment device based on the unique identifier. For example, in the transit environment the transit fare for each rider with different portable payment devices but the same account can be calculated using the unique identifier, such as the full track data read from both tracks of the corresponding portable payment devices11-22-2012
20120296708System and Method For Managing Payment Based Parking with Near Field Communication - A system for parking payment including a parking device with a near field communications unit and a server, where the server receives a message from a mobile device, the message including parking information received by the mobile device from the near field communications unit and identifying information for the mobile device, locates an account in a client database based on the identifying information for the mobile device, and charges the account the cost of parking for a period of time.11-22-2012
20120296709Multiple Client Field Device Data Acquisition and Storage - A system is provided for acquiring and storing field information, comprising field devices operable to gather field information and receive updated file information. The field devices may be placed in cradles, which facilitate the transfer of the field and file information. A network is provided for receiving the field information from the field devices and transferring the field information to field devices located in the cradles. The system also provides a server operable to receive the field information from the network, store the field information in data tables assigned to at least one client, and transmit updated field information to the network.11-22-2012
20090171772RNSS-based lane-level vehicle tolling method and system - An RNSS-based lane-level vehicle tolling method and system for a roadway having at least one managed traffic lane and at least one unmanaged traffic lane, and on-vehicle equipment for use therein, overcome lane identification limitations of RNSS-based tolling and achieves lane-level tolling through explicit lane identification. In some embodiments, a vehicle transmits a lane presence indication (LPI) to indicate to off-vehicle toll processing whether the vehicle is currently in a managed or unmanaged traffic lane. In other embodiments, on-vehicle toll processing uses lane identification information locally to determine whether the vehicle is currently in a managed or unmanaged traffic lane.07-02-2009
20090313095 Collective Transportation System and Process - The object of the invention is a process and a global system for the transportation of people using shared individual vehicles, where multiple vehicles (12-17-2009
20080201212SMART SIGN MOBILE TRANSIT FARE PAYMENT - A system and method for facilitating the payment and collection of transit system fares using a mobile device utilizes a smart sign including near field communication (NFC) devices that communicate with a contactless element embedded within a mobile wireless device. Each NFC device is associated with a different transit location. The NFC devices may be included on the same smart sign located at one transit location or on different smart signs located at different transit locations. Alternatively, one NFC device may be included on a smart sign at a departure location and another NFC device may be activated when or after the user enters the transit system to provide proof of fare purchase. The mobile device is positioned proximate the NFC devices to activate the NFC devices and access fare and/or schedule information or purchase a fare.08-21-2008
20080235082Integrated Automatic System For Managing the Access of Vehicles to Controlled Parking Areas - An integrated automatic system for monitoring and managing the access, transit and parking of vehicles in predetermined controlled traffic areas, in particular in parking areas equipped with a plurality of individual parking spaces comprises: an electronic vehicle identification device; an electronic vehicle detection device; at least one local data processing unit; at least one central data processing unit. The data transmitted by the electronic vehicle identification device are associated with the data relative to the electronic vehicle detection device and the result of this association is transmitted to one of the local data processing units. Furthermore, the data processed by the local units are transmitted to the central processing unit which generates a signal relative to the payment of a predetermined fee for the access and/or transit and/or parking of a vehicle inside the controlled area.09-25-2008
20110208568VEHICLE TRANSACTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A financial system and method for facilitating the payment of tolls, parking and related transactions. A customer registers a vehicle and registers one or more single financial accounts with the system. The financial system updates the list of active vehicles and submits a vehicle status list to participating toll systems. The customer uses a particular toll system and the toll system detects the license plate. The toll system submits request for payment from the financial network after the toll occurs. The financial network charges the customer financial account and settles payment of the toll with the toll system.08-25-2011
20090138345TIME MONITORING SYSTEM - A system, a method, and a service that monitors the time a space is occupied. The time period for occupation of the space may be prepaid or the fees may accumulate while the space is occupied. The system detects when an occupant enters the space and starts a timer. The system further provides a user interface whereby a user may prepay for an allotted period of time or may accumulate time in the space and then be billed later. Identifying information about the occupant may be acquired by an imaging device. The imaging device may further poll the space to determine if and when the occupant departs from the space. Identifying information may also be acquired through a user interface in which a user may enter identifying information, such as a credit card, a license number, a VIN, a driver's license, etc. The fact that the space has been occupied, the identifying information, and any prepaid amounts are transmitted via a communication device to a control station. The control station may monitor events in the space such that when an occupant departs the space, the timer is reset. Alternatively, the control station may issue fees for use of the space, may issue penalties or even call for removal of the occupant from the space if occupation of the space exceeds the amount of time purchased or poses an abuse of the privilege of using the space.05-28-2009
20090144136GEOGRAPHIC AREA MULTIPLE SERVICE CARD SYSTEM - The invention provides consumers with the services of multiple cards or accounts while allowing consumers to carry a single card, transponder, code and/or other access device. Because the card may access combined services such as financial transaction services and transportation services, the system may facilitate charging the financial account for the transportation services. The system may allow the consumer to use loyalty points or geographic based loyalty points to pay for the transportation services. The system may also limit the use of certain loyalty points based upon the geographic area for certain transportation services in certain geographic areas.06-04-2009
20120078686PARKING STATUS SYSTEM - A parking status system merges images of a street, a lot, or a garage with representations of parked vehicles and the status of each parking space shown in a street image. A user retrieves the merged image with the vehicles parking in select spaces through a wireless communications network from the parking management computer system. The user then verifies payment status of multiple parking spaces simultaneously as the user patrols a beat on foot or in a vehicle. The present invention operates upon existing web browsers. The present invention allows a user to select any view within 360 degrees of the user's position in different sizes and while in motion. The present invention refreshes the status of parking meters and subscriber vehicles at a regular interval.03-29-2012
20090083133Method and system for electronic payment of missed tolls - A method and system for the electronic payment of unpaid or missed tolls utilizing a web-based system that records information relating to the unpaid or missed tolls and provides access to drivers or customers to a website whereby drivers/customers can electronically arrange for non-cash payment of unpaid or missed tolls. The method and system also allows for the ability to audit various types of information relating to such payments, to remove or delete information relating to violations when payment has been made and to generate various reports for accounting, financial, enforcement and other operational purposes.03-26-2009
20090222331SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR BILLING BASED ON A DURATION OF A SERVICE PERIOD - A system, method, and computer readable medium for billing based on a duration of a service period, comprises sending fleet data from a third party entity to a toll authority via a toll rental entity, matching toll data with the fleet data by the toll authority, if the toll data matches the fleet data: charging an account by the toll authority and sending the matched data to the toll rental entity, determining, by the toll rental entity, if the sent matched data is related to an opt-in for duration based tolling or an opt-out for duration based tolling, if the sent matched data is related to an opt-in for duration based tolling, charging the third party entity for the duration based tolling, and if the sent matched data is related to an opt-out for duration based tolling, applying at least one of: a fee for the duration based tolling, a toll usage amount, a service fee for the duration based tolling, and a service fee for the toll usage.09-03-2009
20090248500Apparatus and method for supporting and shielding a wireless device - A receptacle for supporting a transponder on a support structure includes a housing having a first housing portion securable to the transponder and a second housing portion securable to the support structure. The first housing portion is pivotally secured to the second housing portion. The first housing portion and second housing portion include a shield for attenuating the transmission of electromagnetic signals. The first housing portion has a first position wherein the first housing portion and second housing portion form a chamber for enclosing the transponder and restricting the transmission of electromagnetic signals from the chamber. The first housing portion has a second position wherein the first housing portion and the transponder are displaced from the second housing portion thereby opening the chamber and exposing the transponder to permit the transmission of electromagnetic signals to and from the transponder.10-01-2009
20100274641MULTIPLE RF READ ZONE SYSTEM - A multizone RF read/write system for conducting transactions with vehicles traveling at high speeds. A first RF read zone is created, preferably by use of a first gantry that extends over at least one lane and contains at least one RF source that creates a large powerful RF read zone for reading or reading and writing to a transponder on a passing vehicle. Additional RF read zones arranged in tandem with the first RF read zone are created by at least one additional RF source that is located on an additional gantry extending over at least one lane, or located on the first gantry. Accordingly, multiple RF read zones are created to conduct transactions with passing vehicles. In one aspect, the multiple RF read zones can be used to ensure that tolling transactions with a single vehicle are more likely to be completed and have a higher degree of accuracy. In another aspect, the multiple RF read zones each employ a different RF technology so that multiple types of RF toll tags can be read and written.10-28-2010
20090259528METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENSURING DATA PRIVACY IN OFFBOARD TOLL COLLECTION - A method for determining toll routes, using a filter unit and a vehicle onboard unit onboard unit in communication with one another, the filter unit having map material so that toll routes are determinable on the basis of a position data, includes transmitting, by the onboard unit, the position data to the filter unit so that the position data is checkable for toll relevance without revealing an identity of the onboard unit. The transmitted position data is checked for toll relevance. Toll collection data is transmitted to the onboard unit for charge calculation and billing. The toll routes are stored by the onboard unit. The toll routes are transmitted to a toll collection point for the charge calculation.10-15-2009
20100161391VARIABLE RATE TRANSPORT FEES BASED ON VEHICLE EXHAUST EMISSIONS - This invention provides a system and method of detecting and responding to individual vehicle exhaust emissions such that a vehicle producing exhaust emissions containing pollutants in excess of required standards is assessed a higher toll or other fees than non-offending vehicles. Upon correction of the problem when emissions are determined to be within acceptable ranges, the fees are re-adjusted. Vehicle fees can be assessed on a sliding scale regardless of “acceptable thresholds” whereupon a higher levels of pollution emitted by the vehicle require payment of a higher fee than that paid by a vehicle with a lower level. Sensors may be installed within individual vehicles, or may be externally mounted to detect emissions. The use of a computer program and program code may be used for collecting and quantifying the level of pollution in the emissions and for assessing a suitable fee based on the level.06-24-2010
20100191585METERED RECHARGING SYSTEM - A parking management system generates a first record reflecting the time a parking interval begins. A persistent memory 07-29-2010
20100191584SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PARKING RIGHTS - The invention relates to a method for managing parking rights. It comprises receiving, from each of a plurality of users, a request for issuing a parking right, each containing a unique identifier associated with a parking area and a license plate number identifying a unique vehicle; storing, in a centralised database, each request; issuing a parking right for each of the plurality of users, including a parking right expiry time; collecting a license plate number of a vehicle for which a parking right status is to be verified and a unique identifier associated with a parking area where the vehicle is located; querying the database, by comparing the license plate number, with the license plate numbers stored in the database; and determining if a parking right has been issued that corresponds to the license plate number of the vehicle. A system for managing parking rights is also disclosed.07-29-2010
20100161392VARIABLE RATE TRAVEL FEE BASED UPON VEHICLE OCCUPANCY - Methods, including service methods, articles of manufacture, systems, articles and programmable devices are provided for charging travel fees or awarding benefits as a function of vehicle occupancy. Variable travel fee schedules include a plurality of different rate values, each rate value associated with ride-sharing service points of a vehicle infrastructure and vehicle occupancy counts. Occupants within a vehicle traveling via a vehicle infrastructure are counted, the counting generating discrete occupant counts correlated with the ride-sharing service points. Subsets of variable travel fee schedule rate values are selected as a function of association with discrete occupant counts and correlated ride-sharing service points. Owners, occupants or other parties associated with the vehicle are accordingly charged a travel fee or awarded a benefit as a function of the rate value subset and an amount of the vehicle traveling.06-24-2010
20100153191VARIABLE TOLL FEE SELECTION FROM GEOGRAPHIC INDICIA - Methods, including service methods, systems, articles, programmable devices and articles of manufacture are provided for selecting and applying variable thoroughfare travel fees. Each of a plurality of differentiated impacts associated with a toll thoroughfare are determined, each of the impacts different from another. Each of the impacts are correlated with geographic impact regions, each impact region is proximate to the toll thoroughfare and geographically distinct from another. Travel fees are assigned to each impact region, each assigned impact region travel fee different from another. Use of the toll thoroughfare by a traveler is determined, a relation of the traveler to one of the impact regions identified and a toll is charged as a function of the determined toll thoroughfare use and the travel fee of the associated impact region.06-17-2010
20100228608ELECTRIC TOLL MANAGEMENT - Identifying a vehicle in a toll system includes accessing a set of toll transaction entries. Each entry in the set designates a toll transaction between a vehicle and the toll system and includes a transaction descriptor and a transaction time stamp. A series of toll transaction pictures is accessed. The series includes a plurality of pictures, each of which is associated with a picture time stamp. A toll transaction entry is identified from the set as a violation transaction entry based on the transaction descriptor. A toll transaction picture is selected from the series. The transaction time stamp of the violation transaction is compared, using a processing device, with the picture time stamp of the selected toll transaction picture. The selected toll transaction picture is identified as a violation picture corresponding to the violation transaction entry based on a result of the comparison.09-09-2010
20130191190METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTIVATING AND OPTIMIZING USAGE OF HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE/HIGH OCCUPANCY TOLL LANE BY DISPLAYING TIME BASED COST METRICS - A method and system for motivating and optimizing usage of a toll lane by displaying a time based cost metric on an electronic display. The real time electronic display can be configured on the toll lane for displaying information with respect to the toll lane to, for example, a driver on a highway. An average speed of vehicles in the toll lane and/or a non-toll lane of the highway over at least one span can be measured and the average speed can be displayed on the electronic display. A toll rate with respect to the usage of the toll lane can be determined and displayed. A time saving value and a cost per unit time with respect to the usage of the toll lane over the span can be calculated and displayed on the electronic display.07-25-2013
20130191191SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PARKING PASSES WHILE LIMITING THE PARKING PASS DEPENDING ON PARKING PASSES PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED TO A USER - A method for managing parking passes via a system for managing parking passes, including at least one device for dispensing a parking pass, and a server for centralizing the parking passes, the centralization server being connected to the or each dispensing device via a data link, the method including the following steps: inputting (07-25-2013
20100145776IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - The in-vehicle apparatus card information stored in a storage section is set to an inactive state and is prevented from being read from the storage section when an ignition switch changes from “on” to “off” or when a user performs an operation signifying a change from an active state to the inactive state. Accordingly, the in-vehicle apparatus card information is disabled by an explicit user operation or a normal operation performed when the user gets out of a vehicle. It is possible to prevent the unauthorized use of the in-vehicle apparatus card information when the user does not get in the vehicle.06-10-2010
20100211440Managing Vehicle Usage - A system and method for managing vehicle usage. One system includes a monitoring device, a position identifying module, a communication module and a dedicated server. The monitoring device includes a display, an activation unit, an application and an identification module. The dedicated server is connected to the monitoring device via the communication module via a communication link The monitoring device and dedicated server are arranged to carry out the method that comprises the stages: (i) enabling a user to activate a monitoring device; (ii) receiving activation notice, user data and location from the monitoring device; (iii) validating user data; (iv) sending an electronic image to the monitoring device; and (v) displaying the electronic image on the monitoring device. The electronic image is sent upon validation of user data and in relation to the location received from the monitoring device, and authenticates vehicle usage conditions.08-19-2010
20130218647SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BOOKING TRANSPORT - Systems and methods for booking transport are described including a method including the steps of: receiving job information including pick-up location information and destination location information from a user; calculating the cost of the job based on the location information; and notifying the user of the calculated cost.08-22-2013
20100198664VARIABLE ROAD TOLL PREDICATED ON INSTANTANEOUS POINT-TO-POINT TRAFFIC VOLUME CALCULATION - A method, a system and a computer program product are directed towards determination of a variable toll for a particular target vehicle using a particular point-to-point travel segment of a particular toll road. The variable toll is calculated predicated upon a deviation of an instantaneous point-to-point traffic volume for the particular target vehicle exiting the toll road in comparison with an arbitrarily determined baseline point-to-point traffic volume. The instantaneous point-to-point traffic volume includes vehicles traveling at least a portion of the same point-to-point travel segment as the target vehicle during an effective time interval when the target vehicle traveled the point-to-point travel segment.08-05-2010
20100312617METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR TOPPING UP PREPAID PAYMENT CARDS FOR OFFLINE USE - A card holder carries out an initial top-up of a balance of a pre-paid payment card. The prepaid payment card is configured for use in an infrastructure in accordance with a payment specification requiring different behavior for normal transactions in the infrastructure versus that required for topping-up of the balance. Contemporaneously with the initial top-up, the card holder registers risk mitigation information in association with the pre-paid payment card. Subsequent to the initial top-up, an indicator is written to the pre-paid payment card during a transaction with the pre-paid payment card outside the infrastructure. The indicator identifies the pre-paid payment card as having the risk mitigation information associated therewith. During subsequent presentation of the pre-paid payment card to the infrastructure, the pre-paid payment card is treated as a token backed up by the risk mitigation information, based on presence of the indicator on the pre-paid payment card.12-09-2010
20130132167Cloud Based Parking Management System and Method - A system and method for many administrators to financially manage the parking of vehicles at parking locations where attendants record toll transactions with portable wireless devices, through a common, cloud-based central computer server. Each local transaction recording device, such as a hand-held PDA, stores the data for multiple toll transactions until confirming that a global communications connection meets a threshold level of quality, before transmitting the data batch-wise to the central server. In this way, data from hundreds if not thousands of toll transactions can be temporarily stored until reliably transmitted to the central server. The remote server is preferably under the control of a single service company that contracts with multiple parking management companies and operators to record transaction information and provide reports associated with an effectively unlimited number of parking lot locations and portals.05-23-2013
20100312618Transaction System for Use in Authorising Cashless Transactions - A transaction system, including: an entry system for reading first identification data from a first device and second identification data from a second device; and a database system for accessing payment account data of a transaction account on the basis of the first and second identification data, and requesting authorisation data for a payment transaction using the payment account data. The entry system performs an authorisation process in response to the authorisation data being received. The database system stores an authorisation record with an authorisation time in response to the authorisation data being received. A payment system can be used to read the second identification data from the second device and generate payment data representing a payment amount. The database system then determines authorisation for a payment transaction on the basis of the second identification data and the authorisation record, and in response submits the payment data and the payment account data to a payment processing system for performing the payment transaction.12-09-2010
20130138484METHOD FOR COMBINING A TAXI SERVICE WITH A LOTTERY GAME - A method for combining a taxi service with an event when a customer takes a taxi is disclosed. The customer has a portable communication apparatus. The taxi has a car communication apparatus. The method includes sending a message of the customer having taken a taxi to an identification apparatus. Next, a determination step is performed to determine whether the customer wants to participate in the event. When the customer wants to participate in this event, a communication connection with the identification apparatus is built. Finally, a confirmation message of participating in the event is sent to the portable communication apparatus from the identification apparatus.05-30-2013
20130144687METHOD AND ON-BOARD UNIT FOR SIGNALING TOLL TRANSACTIONS IN A ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - A method and an on-board unit for signaling toll transactions in a road toll system with geographically distributed radio beacons, carrying out toll transactions with passing on-board units of vehicles. In the on-board unit, it is verified in the course of a toll transaction between an on-board unit and a radio beacon whether a toll transaction dates back longer than a given time span, and if so, an acoustic signal is emitted by the on-board unit, and if not, no acoustic signal is emitted by the on-board unit.06-06-2013
20110010228ROAD-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A first roadside apparatus for giving entry gate pass information indicating that a vehicle passing a communicative area has entered a toll road is provided at an entrance ramp of the toll road. A second roadside apparatus for acquiring the given entry gate pass information is provided at an exit ramp of the toll road. The second roadside apparatus having a function as an administration device judges whether or not the entry gate pass information is acquired from the passing vehicle. If the entry gate pass information is not acquired, the second roadside apparatus provides the vehicle with reverse-way driving warning information for warning the vehicle that the vehicle is traveling in the reverse direction. Thus, if there is a vehicle which is fully expected to travel in the reverse direction on a one-way road such as a toll road, a road-vehicle communication system for warning or giving caution to the vehicle traveling in the reverse way and vehicles traveling along the correct lanes.01-13-2011
20110246263METHOD FOR DETECTING VEHICLES WITH TRAILERS - A method for detecting vehicles with trailers in a road toll system, which comprises at least one radio beacon for radio communication with radio OBUs, wherein vehicles and trailers are respectively provided with their own OBUs carried by them, and a vehicle and a trailer are detected as belonging to one another when an evaluation of the radio communications with their OBU indicates that these are moving at a limited and constant distance from one another.10-06-2011
20110035261CHARGING VEHICLES IN A PARKING AREA - Methods and systems for charging vehicles in a parking area are described. In one embodiment, a charge request may be received for a vehicle located in a parking area. The vehicle may have a power connection with a power source. An electric charge is provided through the power connection from the power source to the vehicle based on receiving the charge request. Payment is recorded for providing the electric charge based upon departure of the vehicle from the parking area. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.02-10-2011
20100228607ELECTRIC TOLL MANAGEMENT - Identifying a vehicle in a toll system includes accessing a set of toll transaction entries. Each entry in the set designates a toll transaction between a vehicle and the toll system and includes a transaction descriptor and a transaction time stamp. A series of toll transaction pictures is accessed. The series includes a plurality of pictures, each of which is associated with a picture time stamp. A toll transaction entry is identified from the set as a violation transaction entry based on the transaction descriptor. A toll transaction picture is selected from the series. The transaction time stamp of the violation transaction is compared, using a processing device, with the picture time stamp of the selected toll transaction picture. The selected toll transaction picture is identified as a violation picture corresponding to the violation transaction entry based on a result of the comparison.09-09-2010
20090228349 MOORING SYSTEM - A mooring system (09-10-2009
20090313096AUTOMATIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM WITHOUT REQUIRING VEHICLE CLASSIFICATION UNIT - An automatic toll collection system has: a camera for taking a picture of a vehicle which enters a traffic lane of a toll gate; a reading unit for reading vehicle type information and number plate information from a recording medium provided from the vehicle in the traffic lane; a matching unit for checking a matching of information regarding a number plate from the picture and the number plate information; and a calculation unit for calculating a toll based on the vehicle type information when a result of the checking is matched. When the result of the checking is not matched, a request to prompting an input of vehicle type information is issued to a clerk in the toll gate. By these construction, a automatic toll collection system which enables a prevention of misjudge of vehicle type by simple equipment.12-17-2009
20100070349ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - A road toll system comprises a vehicle-mounted unit comprising a satellite navigation receiver implementing a position tracking function, a memory device storing toll payment information and means for determining the routes taken by the vehicle based on the position tracking information. A disabling system is provided for disabling the vehicle operation based on the toll payment information. This system uses a satellite navigation receiver to enable infrastructure-free road tolling to be implemented. The system includes a function disabling the vehicle if the road toll fees have not been paid. This saves effort in tracking down users that do not pay their tolls.03-18-2010
20120203600PROVIDING CITY SERVICES USING MOBILE DEVICES AND A SENSOR NETWORK - Apparatus and methods related providing city services, such as parking, are described. A mobile device can be configured to receive information from parking sensor nodes in the vicinity of the mobile device. In a parking application, the mobile device located in a moving vehicle can be configured to locate available parking based upon the information received from the parking sensor nodes. After an available parking space is obtained, the mobile device can be configured to initiate a purchase of parking and receive information related to parking enforcement. The mobile device can be configured to receive other types of information from local sensor nodes, such as transportation related sensor nodes and merchant provided sensor nodes. Based upon the information received from the local sensor nodes, a transportation application executing on the mobile device can be utilized to formulate a transportation solution involving one or more transportation modes.08-09-2012
20080208681PAYMENT USING A MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile device is provided with payment data to enable the mobile device to complete a purchase transaction at a collection terminal. The mobile device requests and receives a payment data value over a wireless network to configure the mobile device as an electronic wallet such that a subsequent purchase transaction may be completed using the payment data value stored on the mobile device. A transit fare may be paid using the mobile device in communication with a back end server that collects transit information and calculates the transit fare. The mobile device may also access payment data, transit fare products and account information from the back end server via a wireless network.08-28-2008
20110131083METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARKING LOT MANAGEMENT - Systems and methods for associating a parking lot parking entry event and a parking lot electric vehicle charging event allow a single payment to be calculated for parking and electric vehicle charging. An admittance identification associated with a parking lot entry event is read using an electric vehicle charging control device of a parking lot. A parking lot charging event is stored with the admittance identification on a storage device of the parking lot using the electric vehicle charging control device. The parking lot entry event and the parking lot charging event associated with the admittance identification are read from the storage device using a payment device of the parking lot. A single payment for parking and electric vehicle charging for the admittance identification is then calculated from the parking lot entry event and the parking lot charging event using the payment device.06-02-2011
20110125558METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING TOLL INFORMATION IN A ROAD-TOLL SYSTEM - A method for generating toll information for vehicle devices in a road-toll system with a toll center and geographically distributed radio beacons. The method includes providing a set of location data of toll-requiring geo-objects from the respective local environment of a beacon in this beacon, recording a sequence of position data of a vehicle device in this vehicle device, if the aforementioned vehicle device is in the transmitting/receiving range of a beacon: receiving the location-data set from this beacon in the vehicle device, comparing the position-data sequence with the received location-data set in the vehicle device in order to generate toll information therefrom, and if the above-mentioned vehicle device is in the transmitting/receiving range of a beacon: transmitting the toll information from the vehicle device via the beacon to the toll center. The invention further relates to a vehicle device, a beacon and a monitoring device for such a road-toll system.05-26-2011
20120310712PARKING MANAGEMENT - A parking management approach includes associating a payment source with a vehicle identifier. The approach also includes receiving a message indicating initiation of a parking event at a parking location, and updating a parking database to indicate that a vehicle having the vehicle identifier is parked at the parking location. The message includes an identification of at least one of the payment source and the vehicle identifier.12-06-2012
20090292597Parking payment and enforcement mechanism - This application describes a means of paying for metered parking using the cell phone. It uses information from telecommunications systems to identify the region of the origin of the caller and the caller's parking location. Further input is used during the call to narrow the region to the specific city and the parking rate to be charged. This method saves the user from entering different phone numbers for different town and fewer digits than the alternative of numbering individual meters. Furthermore, it saves the towns from numbering all their meters as proposed by existing methods. It also describes improved methods for enforcements.11-26-2009
20090292596SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR TOLL SERVICE ACTIVATION AND BILLING - A system, method, and computer readable medium for toll service activation and billing, comprises receiving fleet information at a toll authority via a toll rental entity, receiving a service request at the toll rental entity, sending toll usage data related to the service request to a third party entity, receiving a payment at the toll rental entity based on the service request, and sending a payment to the toll authority based on the toll usage data.11-26-2009
20100030629Parking Payment System Using A Cell Phone Or Other Mobile Device - A device for wireless telecommunications is provided that includes a display, a processor, and a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI having a parking aspect displayable on the display such that responsive to a user of the device selecting the parking aspect, the processor is programmed to enable identifying a parking space, and further enabled to receive information regarding parking in the parking space, responsive to the user selecting to pay a fee to park in the parking space, promoting arranging for payment of a parking fee.02-04-2010
20100017275MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONFIGURED FOR TRANSIT APPLICATION - An apparatus configured for transit application and methods for utilizing the apparatus for transit application is disclosed. One embodiment of the invention is directed to a mobile communication device comprising a processor, a computer readable medium coupled to the processor, wherein the computer readable medium comprises code for receiving a first transit location, code for displaying options to select a second transit location, code for receiving a selection for a second transit location, and code for sending an authorization request message to an issuer associated with the mobile communication device.01-21-2010
20110307305MULTI-PROTOCOL ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM - A system and method for dynamically selecting a communication protocol in an electronic toll collection system. A reader includes two or more multiprotocol transceivers operating under the control of a processor, each transceiver having a dedicated antenna. The system uses a fixed frame duration. A first communications protocol is used in a first portion of the fixed frame duration. If a response signal is not detected within the first portion, then the system ceases using the first communication protocol and instead uses the second communications protocol for the remainder of the fixed frame duration. The fixed frame duration is shorter than the sum of the durations normally used by the first and second communications protocol to conduct electronic toll transaction communications.12-15-2011
20100100428Parking Locator - An apparatus and method for identifying a user's parking location in a parking facility, wherein the apparatus and method may have minimal financial impact on the users of the parking facility and the parking facility itself. The method may generally include positioning a ticket dispensing apparatus proximate a parking location of a user, and dispensing a parking location ticket from the ticket-dispensing apparatus to the user, wherein the parking location ticket contains a first side with parking location information and a second side with sponsor messages and/or advertisement information. The apparatus may generally include a ticket dispenser positioned in a parking zone of a parking facility, and removable parking location identifying tickets positioned in the ticket dispenser, wherein the parking location identifying tickets have a first side that has parking location information printed thereon and a second side that has sponsor messages and/or advertising information printed thereon.04-22-2010
20120047001Valet Parking Management System - A method of maintaining a valet parking database in a distributed computing system that includes a plurality of work stations each connected via a packet switched network to a computing device that accesses the valet parking database including information associated with vehicles that are valet parked, comprises assigning a uniquely associated tracking code to a vehicle to be valet parked. A record in the valet parking database associated with the tracking code is created, and a parking timer associated with the tracking code is automatically activated to indicate the elapsed time since the vehicle to be valet parked has been assigned the tracking code but is not yet parked. A warning message is automatically issued if the parking timer exceeds a first value indicating that the vehicle to be valet parked has not yet been parked. The record is updated to indicate that the vehicle has been parked and the parking timer is deactivated when the vehicle to be valet parked has been parked. When a retrieve vehicle request associated with the tracking code is received the record from the valet parking database associated with the tracking code is retrieved, and a key timer associated with the retrieved record is activated to indicate the elapsed time since the record has been automatically retrieved in response to the retrieve vehicle request. A missing key warning message is automatically generated if the key timer exceeds a second value indicating that the vehicle key has not yet been retrieved. The record is updated and the key timer is deactivated when the key associated with the vehicle to be valet parked has been located.02-23-2012
20120209667System and Method For Generating Permit Reports - A computer-implemented method for generating parking permits reports for a parking permit system. The method includes aggregating parking permit data for each zone within the parking permit system into a logical grouping in a database. Then processing data according to report generation instructions. The data is then parsed to obtain a requested report and the report is distributed to a specified party.08-16-2012
20120209666HOTLINE SYSTEM FOR THE PURCHASE OF A PARKING SPACE, INCLUDING A PARKING TICKET MACHINE FOR PUBLIC ROADS AND A HOTLINE DEVICE - A hotline system for the purchase of parking spaces comprises a parking space payment device, which device includes a screen, display means for displaying data on the screen, and a computer-based hotline device connected to the payment device via a data transfer connection, comprising a receiver for receiving operational data received from the payment device and a transmitter for transmitting to the payment device control signals for controlling the payment device. The hotline device and the payment device each include a radioelectric transmitter-receiver, whereby the hotline device and the payment device are connected via a radioelectric connection, in the absence of a wired data transfer connection between the hotline device and the payment device, and in that the hotline device includes simulation means for simulating, based on the operational data received, the behavior of the payment device.08-16-2012
20110166914RELOADABLE PREPAID CARD DISTRIBUTION, RELOAD, AND REGISTRATION IN TRANSIT - Embodiments of systems, methods, and machine-readable media are disclosed providing for the concurrent distribution of reloadable prepaid cards and enablement of the reloadable prepaid cards for use at access control points of a transit system. Embodiments enabling of the reloadable prepaid cards for use at access control points of the transit system can include obtaining user information, payment, and communicating card information to a card issuer for activation of the first reloadable prepaid card. A transit user account for managing transactional information of the user of the transit system is also created, reloadable prepaid card is enabled for use as fare media at access control points of the transit system. Thus, once distributed, the prepaid reloadable cards may be used as fare media in the transit system as payment for transit fare, as well as for purchases at locations outside the transit system.07-07-2011
20130013381DISPATCH SYSTEM FOR ALLOWING A USER TO CALL A HIRE VEHICLE - A dispatch system includes a plurality of vehicle-end devices, a client-end device, and a dispatch server. The vehicle-end devices are disposed at respective hire vehicles. The client-end device is operable to send out passenger information. The dispatch server receives the passenger information, and stores a map database. The dispatch server is operable to find a matching one of the hire vehicles, to transmit to the client-end device information of the matching one of the hire vehicles so as to allow the client-end device to display with an indicator that indicates the current position of the matching one of the hire vehicles, and to dispatch the matching one of the hire vehicles to the user.01-10-2013
20120022922Method of Assessing A Parking Fee Based Upon Vehicle Fuel Efficiency - A method for assessing fees for parking is disclosed. The method includes providing a vehicle registration card containing a vehicle make and model and a parking fee collection device. The parking fee collection device has an associated database containing a parking fee charged for each vehicle make and model based upon the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The vehicle make and model is entered into the parking fee collection device for a selected vehicle and a parking fee is assessed based upon the fuel efficiency of the vehicle.01-26-2012
20110093315APPARATUS FOR THE PERSONALIZATION AND REGISTRATION OF VEHICLE DEVICES - Apparatus for personalization and registration of vehicle devices of different types in a road toll system, comprising: for each type of vehicle device, a respective personalization module that is configured to write personalization data into a vehicle device of this type and generate the associated registration data, which contains the personalization data, an interface module common to all personalization modules that is configured to receive their registration data and, following a release request, send it to a registration database of the road toll system, and a testing unit that reads out the personalization data of a personalized but not yet registered vehicle device, checks the registration data generated by the responsible personalization module for agreement of the personalization data contained therein with the read-out personalization data, and if it agrees, sends a release request with respect to this registration data to the interface module.04-21-2011
20110093314Method and apparatus for parking lot metering - A method and apparatus for parking lot metering. The present invention allows multi-space meters to separately manage and control premium parking spaces, such as those for charging electric vehicles or those which supply electric power for engine block heaters in both pay-by-space and pay-an-display systems. Such premium spaces can be managed together over large areas (e.g., a city or region), or may be managed over smaller areas (e.g., the domain of an individual kiosk), or individually per parking space. Management includes pricing, time limits, hours, seasons of operation, and restrictions by vehicle type, and alternative pricing and restrictions for non-premium hours.04-21-2011
20120059689MULTI-LANE FREE FLOW ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM AND ON BOARD UNIT THEREOF - An electronic toll collection (ETC) system and an on board unit (OBU) thereof are provided. The ETC system includes a toll collection module and an identification module. The toll collection module provides a pre-pay service and a post-pay service such that the OBU on a vehicle can make a toll payment in response to one of the pre-pay service and the post-pay service. The identification module captures an image of the vehicle and provides an identification service to the OBU to obtain an identification information of the vehicle.03-08-2012
20120158466PARKING METER SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATED TICKET GENERATION FOR A VIOLATION - The present invention relates to parking meters, and in particular, to an automated parking meter that recognizes a parker by reading an identification card, such as a car registration, insurance card, license, etc., and is configured to visually display the current status of the vehicle and is configured so that in the event that the meter expires or payment is not made, a ticket can be generated and delivered to the parker.06-21-2012
20120109722SYSTEMS, METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PERFORMING MASS TRANSIT MERCHANT TRANSACTIONS - Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for enabling access to mass transit systems using a financial transaction instrument including reading an identifier including financial payment information from the financial transaction instrument and determining whether the identifier is stored in a database. Access to a holder of the financial transaction instrument is provided based on the determining.05-03-2012
20120109721IMPROVEMENTS RELATING TO EFFICIENT TRANSPORT - A system for handling transport information comprising hardware to receive information, hardware to transmit information and optionally hardware to store information.05-03-2012
20120158467SMART SIGN MOBILE TRANSIT FARE PAYMENT - A system and method for facilitating the payment and collection of transit system fares using a mobile device utilizes a smart sign including near field communication (NFC) devices that communicate with a contactless element embedded within a mobile wireless device. Each NFC device is associated with a different transit location. The NFC devices may be included on the same smart sign located at one transit location or on different smart signs located at different transit locations. Alternatively, one NFC device may be included on a smart sign at a departure location and another NFC device may be activated when or after the user enters the transit system to provide proof of fare purchase. The mobile device is positioned proximate the NFC devices to activate the NFC devices and access fare and/or schedule information or purchase a fare.06-21-2012
20120166256METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AN ON-BOARD UNIT AND A TEST DEVICE, A METHOD FOR WIRELESS TOLL COLLECTION - A method comprises: disposing an on-board unit at a preset relative position with respect to a road-side unit; transmitting a signal by the road-side unit; receiving the signal by the on-board unit and detecting a strength of the received signal; calculating, by the on-board unit, a calculated strength of the received signal according to the detected strength of the received signal; storing the calculated strength of the received signal in a memory accessible by the on-board unit; using the stored calculated strength of the received signal to determine if payment of a toll should be made.06-28-2012
20100250345AUDIO/VIDEO AUTOMATED PAYMENT FACILITY - A central monitoring station is linked to a plurality of remote terminals, such as payment terminals at a plurality of parking facilities. The central monitoring station and each remote terminal includes a two-way communication system in the form of a video camera and display, and audio speaker and microphone. The station and remote terminals are preferably linked through an Ethernet or Internet connection, although a hard-wired connection is also contemplated. The two-way communication system can be used by a customer at the remote terminal to achieve direct human interaction with an attendant at the remote central station to address problems occurring at the terminal. The communication system can also allow the attendant to manipulate the processor of each remote terminal to collect data, troubleshoot or override the function of the terminal.09-30-2010
20120221381ADVANCED DECISION LOGIC FOR TRANSIT ACCEPTANCE - Techniques are disclosed for determining whether to grant a user access at an access control point of a transit system based on information about a user associated with a fare media from one or more information sources. These techniques can include receiving an authorization response after attempting to authorize payment from a fare media, and accessing at least one information source. This can include accessing historical information regarding prior transactions in the transit system made with the fare media. A determination can then be made whether to grant a user access at the access control point of the transit system.08-30-2012
20120130777SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND PAYING FOR VEHICAL PARKING SPACES, PROVIDING ADVERTISING, AND COLLECTION OF DATA - A parking location indictor, payment and advertisement system has a server. A wireless device is in communication with the server, the wireless device having at least one processor and a memory operatively coupled to the processor, the memory storing program instructions that when executed by the processor, causes the processor to: display a virtual parking meter on the wireless device; send signals from the wireless device to the server to transfer a designated monetary value for a selected parking time interval; and initiate a countdown from the selected parking time interval upon transfer of the designated monetary value.05-24-2012
20120130776TOLL FEE INFORMATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TRAFFIC INFORMATION RECEIVING-ROUTING SYSTEM USING THE TOLL FEE INFORMATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION RECEIVING METHOD OF THE SAME - A system for receiving traffic information from a toll gate server to provide route guidance to a driver of a vehicle and a method thereof are provided. The traffic information receiving-routing system includes a toll fee information communication system and ah path guide terminal. The toll fee information communication system is configured to communicate with a toll gate server to pay a toll fee when a vehicle approaches to a toll gate, and request traffic information to the toll gate server according to a traffic information request signal to receive the traffic information from the toll gate server. The path guide terminal is configured to generate and transmit the toll fee request signal to the toll fee information communication system when the toll fee information communication system pays a toll fee, receive the traffic information from the toll fee information communication system to guide a path or convey a traffic situation.05-24-2012
20120130775METHOD OF PROCESSING A TRANSACTION FOR A PARKING SESSION - A method for processing a transaction for a parking session between a parking supplier and a payment provider on behalf of a user, wherein the user facilitates the transaction through a mobile computing device connected to a remote server, including, on the mobile computing device of the user, the steps of: storing a user identifier, first receiving a parking identifier, then sending the user identifier and the parking identifier to the server. The method also includes, on the server, the steps of: receiving the user identifier and the parking identifier, retrieving parking information based on the parking identifier; retrieving user information based on the user identifier, and processing a transaction between the payment provider and parking supplier, wherein the transaction amount is based on the duration of the parking session, wherein the parking session has a start time and an end time.05-24-2012
20120215596System And Method For Permit Enforcement - A permit enforcement system is a computer-implemented system that enforces parking rights within a parking zone. The system may include a processor(s) that allows the system to first capture parked vehicle images within the parking zone during a specified time period. The images are then transmitted to a computing system with a time and date stamp and geographic location. The images are processed to obtain vehicle identifiers. The processor then queries a permit database to compile a list of vehicles permitted to park in the parking zone during the specified time period. This list is compared the vehicle identifiers and the vehicles identifiers which were not authorized to park within the parking zone during the specified time period are identified. These vehicle are then associated with owner information using an outside entity database and vehicle owners are notified of the violations.08-23-2012
20120215595System and Method For Automatically Issuing Permits - A parking permit system that allows a permit applicant to electronically apply for a permit. Once the applicant submits application data, the system will automatically verify the applicant data by comparing the applicant data against a system database. Once verified, the system will automatically, qualify parking rights associated with the permit application by applying the parking rights to a set of rules governing a parking zone. Once the application data is verified and the parking rights are qualified, the system will issue the parking permit.08-23-2012
20120215594SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GPS LANE AND TOLL DETERMINATION AND ASSET POSITION MATCHING - A system carried by a vehicle for computing tolls using a global position satellite (GPS) signal receiver, a communications link, and compact toll lane information provided by a service center. Toll lane information is organized by travel monitoring point. Data for each point includes a latitude and longitude coordinate and either lane shape information or a coordinate offset from a similar lane. A driver interface module is used in conjunction with the OBU to allow selection of occupancy and to display toll information to the driver to allow for use in HOT lanes and to support congestion pricing models with zero or minimal infrastructure cost.08-23-2012
20100030628Monitoring Vehicle Use - A method of monitoring car parking obtains entry data containing at least one entry record, and exit data containing at least one exit record, wherein each entry/exit record contains a vehicle registration number and an entry/exit time. Entry and exit records that have the same vehicle registration number are matched to produce at least one parking record, wherein each parking record contains a vehicle registration number and an indication of a time stayed. Payment data containing at least one payment record is obtained, wherein each payment record contains a vehicle registration number and an indication of a period of time corresponding to a fee paid. For each parking record, either a payment record is identified that has the same vehicle registration number. It is determined whether the indication of time stayed exceeds the period of time in the identified payment record, or if there is no matching payment record identified.02-04-2010
20120232965INTERACTIVE VALET PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - One example embodiment includes a system which allows a user to obtain valet services. The system includes an incoming interaction pre-processor. The incoming interaction pre-processor is configured to receive an incoming interaction and determine the type of interaction. The system also includes a processing system, where the processing system provides the interactions to the proper provider. The system further includes a provider management module, where the provider management module is configured to allow each provider to modify desired parameters.09-13-2012
20120232964ROAD TOLL SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention relates to a road toll system using a vehicle-mounted satellite navigation receiver, from which routes taken and road prices incurred are determined. A billing system bills a user in dependence on the road prices incurred. A portable activation device transmits information concerning the owner of the portable activation device to the vehicle-mounted unit, and the vehicle-mounted unit provides information to the billing system to enable identification of the owner of the portable activation device.09-13-2012
20120191511VEHICLE RENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for vehicle rental management generates and displays a park identification (ID) number configurable to change periodically. The method further receives a first message containing a vehicle ID number of a vehicle from a mobile phone, sends a unlock code for unlocking the vehicle to the mobile phone. The method receives a second message containing the vehicle ID number and a park ID number from the mobile phone, and sends a lock signal to the second communication module to lock the vehicle. The method receives a feedback signal for confirming that the vehicle is locked, and times between the send the unlock code step and the receive the feedback signal step.07-26-2012
20090018902COMMUTER CREDITS SYSTEM AND METHOD - Disclosed are systems and methods for implementing a Commuter Credit Program that allows commuters and non-commuters to generate credits that may be redeemed as cash on tollway system or for other benefits. Exemplary systems and methods identify participants or a proxy account ID at various locations on the transportation system or at other prescribed locations to qualify the participant and issue commuter credit. Similarly, exemplary systems and methods positively identify participants at various locations in the transportation system such that the credits can be used in lieu of paying cash on the tollway or at other prescribed locations to receive alternative benefits.01-15-2009
20090018901INFORMATION OUTPUT NETWORK SYSTEM - An information output network system includes: a route information storage unit that stores plural departure-and-arrival points in public transportation, and information on traveling routes in public transportation regarding the respective plural departure-and-arrival points; an input reception unit, provided in one of the departure-and-arrival points stored in the route information storage unit, that receives an input to specify at least one of the departure-and-arrival points stored in the route information storage unit; a search unit that searches for information on a traveling route from the departure-and-arrival point where the input reception unit is provided to the departure-and-arrival point received by the input reception unit, from the information stored in the route information storage unit; and a search result output unit that outputs the result of search by a search unit.01-15-2009
20120265585LOCATION BASED SYSTEMS FOR ENTRY AND EXIT - A system and methods using applications for entry and exit from registered locations, where a registered location has an associated geo-fence of any size or shape. A registered location may be mobile or stationary. An internet-connected device running an app transmits the current geographic location of the device, and a remote processing center executes a default action when finding correspondence between the geo-fence of a registered location and the current geographic information of an end user's device, and in one embodiment, the default action may be to enter and pay for parking at a registered location.10-18-2012
20120265584METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONDUCTING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS - A method of establishing wireless communications between an interrogator and individual ones of multiple wireless identification devices, the method comprising combining tree search and Aloha methods to establish communications between the interrogator and individual ones of the multiple wireless identification devices without collision. A system comprising an interrogator, and a plurality of wireless identification devices configured to communicate with the interrogator. In a wireless fashion, the respective wireless identification devices having a unique identification number, the interrogator being configured to employ tree search and Aloha techniques to determine the unique identification numbers of the different wireless identification devices so as to be able to establish communications between the interrogator identification and individual devices without ones of the multiple wireless collision by multiple wireless identification devices attempting to respond to the interrogator at the same time.10-18-2012
20120265583METHOD FOR FEE CHARGING POSITION USAGES OF VEHICLES - Method for charging position usages of vehicles in a road toll system including acquiring an identifier of a vehicle device, a transaction value and an identifier of a payment card as a payment transaction, authorization a payment transaction system and transmitting associated authorization data with the vehicle device identifier to a toll server, generating a substitute identifier assigned to the card identifier and transmitting the substitute identifier with the authorization data to the toll server, associating the substitute identifier and the vehicle device identifier based on the respective received authorization data, calculating toll values based on position usages of vehicles, based on the card identifier assigned to substitute identifier, the transmitted toll values and the transaction value.10-18-2012
20120323642SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A SERVICE TO ARRANGE TRANSPORT AMONGST PARTIES THROUGH USE OF MOBILE DEVICES - A system and method are described for enabling transportation to be arranged for individuals carrying handsets or mobile devices. In some embodiments, a customer can transmit a request for transport from a given customer geographic location. A service may handle the request by selecting a driver for the customer.12-20-2012
20120323643PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Profiles may be used to define various entities involved in management of parking facilities. Profiles may be defined for: parking facilities, users of parking facilities, owners of parking facilities, locations of tenants of buildings, management companies of buildings, etc. Links may be established between the various profiles to define relationships. Based on the links between profiles, parking rights and management of the parking facilities may be controlled.12-20-2012
20110047009Method and System for Electronic Toll Payment - A system and method for making electronic payments for tolls, parking and related transactions. A customer downloads an application onto their personal electronic device and registers the customer's vehicle and financial account information with a provider. The application detects upcoming toll facilities and notifies the customer. The customer can accept the payment of the toll through the application whereupon the provider makes a payment from the customer's designated account to the toll facility.02-24-2011
20110238464SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING PARKING SPACE INFORMATION - A system and method for recording data associated with a parking space. The data may be received a portable electronic device, such as a cell phone. The data may be received from a computer readable medium associated with the parking space, such as a bar code. The data may also be received from a wireless signal associated with the parking space, such as a Bluetooth wireless signal. The data may contain such information as the location of the parking space within the parking area. Other information may be included in the data, such as parking rate information for the parking space. A feature may included wherein the data may be transmitted to a server wherein the data may be stored in a storage device. The system and method may also allow payment for the parking space using the personal electronic device and the server.09-29-2011
20120278137DETERMINING COMPANION AND JOINT CARDS IN TRANSIT - Embodiments of systems, methods, and machine-readable media are disclosed for detecting potential misuse of a primary account number (PAN) associated with a first handheld media in a transit system having one or more access points. Embodiments may creating a user account and include enrolling the first handheld media for use as a fare media for a transit product, where the PAN is stored in the user account. Embodiments may further include receiving, a plurality of fare transaction records. Each fare transaction record may include the PAN associated with the first handheld media and a transaction identifier. Embodiments may additionally include determining a potential misuse of a handheld media associated with the PAN based, at least in part, on the relationship between a plurality of the transaction identifiers. In response, an action may be taken related to using the first handheld media as a fare media for the transit product.11-01-2012
20120278138VARIABLE ROAD TOLL PREDICATED ON INSTANTANEOUS POINT-TO-POINT TRAFFIC VOLUME CALCULATION - A method, a system and a computer program product are directed towards determination of a variable toll for a particular target vehicle using a particular point-to-point travel segment of a particular toll road. The variable toll is calculated predicated upon a deviation of an instantaneous point-to-point traffic volume for the particular target vehicle exiting the toll road in comparison with an arbitrarily determined baseline point-to-point traffic volume. The instantaneous point-to-point traffic volume includes vehicles traveling at least a portion of the same point-to-point travel segment as the target vehicle during an effective time interval when the target vehicle traveled the point-to-point travel segment.11-01-2012
20110288909Electronic Toll Management and Vehicle Identification - Identifying a vehicle in a toll system includes accessing image data for a first vehicle and obtaining license plate data from the accessed image data for the first vehicle. A set of records is accessed. Each record includes license plate data for a vehicle. The license plate data for the first vehicle is compared with the license plate data for vehicles in the set of records. Based on the results of the comparison of the license plate data, a set of vehicles is identified from the vehicles having records in the set of records. Vehicle fingerprint data is accessed for the first vehicle. The vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle is based on the image data for the first vehicle. Vehicle fingerprint data for a vehicle in the set of vehicles is accessed. Using a processing device, the vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle is compared with the vehicle fingerprint data for the vehicle in the set of vehicles. The vehicle in the set of vehicles is identified as the first vehicle based on results of the comparison of vehicle fingerprint data.11-24-2011
20110320243SYSTEMS, METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR FACILITATING RESERVATION FOR A PARKING SPACE WITH A NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION-ENABLED DEVICE - Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer readable media for facilitating reservation for a parking space with a near field communications (NFC)-enabled device are provided. A system can include an NFC-enabled parking meter associated with a parking space and a controller in communication with the NFC-enabled parking meter for measuring time and processing payment. A system can include an NFC-enabled device that upon interfacing with the NFC-enabled parking meter communicates with the controller to create a reservation of a parking space.12-29-2011
20100198665ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - A road toll system comprises a vehicle-mounted unit having a satellite navigation receiver. A first data processing means determines a route taken 08-05-2010
20130018705VEHICLE TRAFFIC AND VEHICLE RELATED TRANSACTION CONTROL SYSTEM - A location enabled mobile wireless device and central system cooperate to provide traffic control such as vehicle inspection site services and toll station services. Traffic control information such as vehicle inspection site information and toll station information is independently processed by a third party provider and sent to the central system. The mobile wireless device monitors its location and sends location and vehicle related information to the central system. The central system compares data from the third party provider and the mobile wireless device. The mobile wireless device or the central system take an action based on the comparison, such as toll payment or vehicle inspection site operations.01-17-2013
20110161141BICYCLE RENTAL SYSTEM AND STATION - A bicycle rental system and automated station that may be integrated with an automobile parking payment and management system. Users may pay for parking and/or rent and pickup bicycles at the station. The station has a meter, bicycle docks, and power plant. Transaction formalities for parking payment and rental may be handled at the meter. The bicycle docks each are adapted to secure a bicycle. The power plant uses a solar panel to collect power and stores it in energy storage device. Low-power operation may be achieved by placing some electronics in a low-power mode. Each bicycle dock may have a trigger mechanism that when activated powers on associated electronics. The bicycle docks may be divided among a number of bicycle modules. The bicycle modules provide flexibility and modularity so that the number of bicycle docks at a station may be changed.06-30-2011
20110161140ONBOARD UNIT FOR A ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - An onboard unit for a road toll system including: at least one transceiver for transmitting toll-relevant data to transceiver stations for forwarding to a central processing unit of the road toll system; at least one camera, which is directed towards a passenger compartment of a vehicle carrying the onboard unit and can create at least one image recording of at least one section of the passenger compartment; and an evaluation unit connected down-line of the camera that detects and counts the passengers of the vehicle in the image recording.06-30-2011
20130024249PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIMIZATION - A system and method for real time dispatching of vehicles taking into account multiple point to point transport requests and conditions including desired ride conditions, traffic, and infrastructure. Analysis of these factors is using suitable algorithms in order to determine optimal routes.01-24-2013
20130173357METHODS OF OFFLINE FARE COLLECTION FOR OPEN-LOOP AND HYBRID CARD SYSTEMS - Interconnected methods of card-based fare collection at computer-based service access validation terminals are disclosed. The first method is characterized by periodically propagating to the validation terminals card transaction data originated at other validation terminals. This method is most pertinent to the public transit fare systems utilizing open-loop payment cards and vehicle-installed terminals. The second method is characterized by actualizing the validation terminals' data by way of data broadcasting or multicasting. This method makes the first method practical and improves performance of open-loop and closed-loop card systems implementing offline validations.07-04-2013
20080228562Fully Automated Vehicle Dispatching, Monitoring and Billing - A system for controlling vehicles (09-18-2008
20080208680DriveOn Pay(TM) as WiMAX-compatible Menu-Driven Dashtop Mobile Payment Platform - DriveOn Pay™ is a location-based Privacy-friendly dashtop mobile payment platform (DMPP), based on mobile WiMAX IEEE 802-16e-2005. It is an all-in-one solution geared to integrate all other dashtop gadgets in view of the growing necessity of the real-time bridge syncing cyberworld and real world, which is central to mobile broadband technology. The VIN-based Menu-Driven Fail-safe 5-mile-range DMPP envisions a BS and a Touchscreen On-Vehicle CPE named VIMO™, powered by the vehicle battery. It works as an Unmanned Booth-free Toll-Collection Maximizer at any vehicle speed; Transportation Hub Security Enforcer for non-linear surveillance of passengers plus non-passengers, both indoors and outdoors; ‘JIT e-Commerce on the Go’ (JITeCGO) Creator; Ticket-free Biometrics-free Remote Check-In & Admission Optimizer for ballparks, expos, parking garages, and transportation hubs. After all, it is to provide an optimal solution to metropolitan traffic surges, wherever they may happen, utilizing the Disposable Ephemeral Digital ID (DEDID) and the vehicle-to-vehicle mobile P2P.08-28-2008
20130090991APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR TOLL PAYMENT VIA SMART PHONE - An approach is provided for providing a toll payment apparatus, system, and method via smart device. A determination is made, on a user device, regarding proximity of the user device to a toll collection location, and payment of a toll is provided using the user device when the user device is within a predetermined distance of the toll collection location.04-11-2013
20130096993METHOD OF TOLLING VEHICLES IN AN OPEN-ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - A method of tolling vehicles in an open-road toll system with vehicle-based on-board units and roadside radio beacons. The method includes transmitting transaction information and a factor from the on-board unit; updating the factor as a function of the transmitted transaction information and calculating a debit amount as a function of the updated factor; transmitting a debit request with the calculated debit amount and the updated factor to the on-board unit; and debiting the received debit amount to a toll credit account in the on-board unit and writing a new transaction information concerning this new debit transaction and the received updated factor into the on-board unit.04-18-2013
20130096994DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY PARKING MOTOR VEHICLES - The invention relates to a device for automatically parking motor vehicles, comprising a conveyor device, which acts between at least one station for rendering and/or removing a motor vehicle and a plurality of parking spaces, the parking spaces being arranged in a matrix-like manner, being occupied by conveyor pallets that can be moved in the transverse and longitudinal direction and that are used for parking, and having at least one free space without a conveyor pallet for moving the conveyor pallets, and the conveyor device being constructed of conveyor modules that can be lined up in a modular manner in the longitudinal and transverse direction and that comprise a longitudinal conveyor unit, a transverse conveyor unit, and optionally a lifting drive. Said device is characterized in that at least one conveyor pallet has an energy supply device, in particular an electrical power supply device, and in that an energy store, in particular a battery, of a motor vehicle that can be driven by an electric motor can be charged by the energy supply device.04-18-2013
20130103460ENHANCEMENTS TO METERLESS REMOTE PARKING MONITORING SYSTEMS - A remote meterless parking monitoring system including a plurality of individual parking spaces, a plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units for monitoring the status of the individual parking spaces; at least one Gateway device responsive to the plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units; a Command and Control Server for employing numerous security provisions at least including encryption of data, Virtual Privacy Networks, firewalls and authenticated connections and responsive to data from said Cellular gateway via the internet; and the Command and Control Server uses the status of each space and the ID from the motorist's RFID tag to cross reference data according to a Policy database and identifying the motorist through a Motorist Database including information about the motorist's mailing address, vehicle payment account balance or other information.04-25-2013
20130124271AUDIO/VIDEO AUTOMATED PAYMENT FACILITY - A central monitoring station is linked to a plurality of remote terminals, such as payment terminals at a plurality of parking facilities. A two-way communication system enables communication between a customer who is remote from the central monitoring station and an attendant at the central monitoring station. The communication system may also allow the attendant to manipulate each remote terminal to collect data or troubleshoot or override the function of the terminal.05-16-2013
20130124270METHOD, DEVICE AND INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR PAYMENT OF PARKING FEES - System and method for parking management including an in car device located in the vehicle. The in car device may include a transceiver a processing unit, an input device and a display. The in car device may receive instructions to initiate and terminate parking sessions and upon receiving such instruction to automatically communicate with an at least one parking management unit for exchanging information related to management of the parking session. Parking management units may include single space parking meters, multi space parking meters, parking occupancy meters, parking back end systems, parking back end servers and gates of parking garages.05-16-2013
20110276370Mobile parking enforcement method - A real-time wireless parking enforcement system is provided that includes a remote parking enforcement system having a plurality of parking sensors disposed to gather parking occupancy data and at least one source of parking payment data, where the parking occupancy data and parking payment data is communicated to a central server in real-time, and a plurality of wireless mobile platforms are operated by a plurality of parking enforcement officers (PEO's). The wireless mobile platforms send and receive real-time and continuous parking occupancy data and parking payment data to and from the central server, where bidirectional communication exists between the central server and the wireless mobile platforms. When the PEO enters response information to a potential violation to the wireless mobile platform, the bidirectional communication updates the status of the potential violation to all the wireless platforms in real-time, where the information is used to reduce enforcement redundancies by the PEO's.11-10-2011
20130132166SMART TOLL NETWORK FOR IMPROVING PERFORMANCE OF VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS - A smart toll network system for “network-based” analysis via communication of relevant vehicle identifications among to stations (i.e., by forming a smart toll network) coupled with a probabilistic-based search is disclosed. Comparing vehicle identification data (such as license plate recognition and vehicle signatures) between toll stations improves the performance relative to point-based vehicle identification analysis. Of the vehicles unidentified by license plate recognition, vehicle signatures are used to link each of them to the corresponding vehicle at the opposite end of the tolling system. If license plate recognition fails on a vehicle at an exit station, vehicle signatures can be used to find the location where that vehicle entered the tolling system. If license plate recognition was successful at the entrance station, that same license plate number can be assigned to that vehicle at the exit station, on the basis of the vehicle signature matching, without requiring human intervention.05-23-2013
20130179238METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS CONTROLLED PARKING - Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for an access controlled parking system. The invention includes a parking access system with a public parking location having controlled access; a garage door opener transmitter adapted to generate at least one unique signal; a receiver operable to receive the unique signal from the garage door opener transmitter; a processor coupled to the receiver and operable to grant or deny access to the public parking location based on the unique signal and to communicate receipt of the unique signal from the garage door opener transmitter to a central system; and a database system within the central system operable to associate the unique signal with an account for payment for use of the parking location. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.07-11-2013
20100280884Automated carpool matching - Automated carpool matching. For example, a method includes: collecting data from a first mobile communication device of a first user and from a second mobile communication device of a second user; determining a first travel pattern associated with the first user and a second travel pattern associated with the second user; determining a match between the first and second travel patterns; and generating a carpool proposal directed at the first and second users.11-04-2010
20100287038ROAD TOLL SYSTEM - A road toll system comprising a vehicle-mounted unit having a satellite navigation receiver (11-11-2010
20100287037Payment of Highway Tolls via a Mobile Telecommunications Network - Disclosed are method and apparatus for processing of highway toll payments by a mobile telecommunications service provider. A mobile telecommunications device communicates with a mobile telecommunications service provider. The mobile telecommunications service provider receives a request to calculate a route to a destination. The mobile telecommunications service provider determines the location of the mobile telecommunications device from a global navigation satellite system or from a mobile telecommunications network and calculates a route. The mobile telecommunications service provider then identifies toll booths along the calculated route. The mobile telecommunications service provider pre-pays the tolls. The mobile telecommunications service provider sends turn-by-turn instructions to the mobile telecommunications device and tracks the location of the mobile telecommunications device and records the date and time at which the mobile telecommunications device passes through a toll booth.11-11-2010
20130144688AUTOMATIC MULTIPROCESSING CAR STORING AND RETRIEVING SYSTEM FOR MULTILEVEL CAR PARK - In view of the foregoing, an embodiment herein provides an automatic processing unit for car storing and retrieving system for the multilevel park system. Specifically, the automatic processing car storing and retrieving system includes an integrated central car handling unit and microcontroller unit, wherein said integrated central car handling unit comprises at least one collection-delivery rack to carry the car; at least one up-down platform to move the car vertically; and at least one wheeled platforms to move the car in a circular movement. Further, the collection-delivery rack of integrated central car handling unit can move simultaneously in circular and vertical direction. Further, a method for storing and retrieving the car by using the integrated central car handling unit is also provided.06-06-2013
20130151318TRANSIT BILLING NETWORK - A transit billing network is described. All commuter accounts are initially blacklisted at all entry transit readers within a transit operator system. A commuter is provided with a transit pass, linked to a mobile device. Individual commuter accounts are unblacklisted when a commuter transmits an SMS with an account number printed on the transit pass, a phone number is extracted from the SMS and the commuter increases a stored value of the commuter account. A list of unblacklisted accounts is pushed to all entry transit readers to allow access to select commuters. The stored value can then be used to pay for a fare amount using the transit pass. When the stored value has dropped below a minimum value, a communication process provides for warning messages to be transmitted using the phone number, and optionally automatically retrieve funds by transmitting Multiple Premium Messages.06-13-2013
20130159070MOBILE PAYMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM - The mobile payment processing system is an electronic ordering, payment, and inventory management system relating to parking stall purchases and other types of activities and transactions, such as event/ticket purchases. The system can be cell-phone or smart phone based and web based and may be operated from a central hosting system. Individual users and merchants would monitor their respective transactions and associated accounts. Operators of parking facilities and municipalities would be able to review their respective revenue utilizing protected access to a web-based site.06-20-2013
20130185123METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED TRANSPORTATION USE TRACKING AND BILLING - A user registers with an automated transportation use and billing system. The user's geographical location/position is monitored and periodically compared with the geographical location/position of one or more public transportation systems. When a determination is made that the user's geographical location/position is the same as the geographical location/position of a public transportation system, an assumption is made that the user is making use of the public transportation system and once the user's geographical location/position data differs from the public transportation system's geographical location/position data, it is further assumed that the user is no longer making use of the public transportation system. Data indicating the users assumed use of the public transportation system, calculated as described above, is then recorded and credited to the user's account.07-18-2013
20130185124Mobile Card Processing Using Multiple Wireless Devices - A taxi fare system for a vehicle includes a meter, a wireless access point carried on the vehicle, a first mobile computing device a wireless, a second mobile computing device, a display and a credit card reader. The meter is configured to receive data from the vehicle indicating distance travelled, to measure waiting time, and to calculate an amount of a passenger fare based at least on the distance travelled and the waiting time. The first mobile computing device is positioned in a driver section of the vehicle and receives data from the meter. The second mobile computing device is positioned in a passenger section of the vehicle and receive card information from the card reader. The first and second mobile computing devices are configured to wirelessly connect to the wireless access point.07-18-2013
20110313823MAP INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a map information storage section (12-22-2011
20110313822Method of Assessing Parking Fees Based Upon Vehicle Length - A method for assessing fees for parking is disclosed. The method includes providing vehicle length or information about a vehicle which is associated with the vehicles length to a parking meter or other fee collection device. The parking fee collection device communicates with an associated database containing a parking fee charged for vehicle based upon vehicle length. A vehicle operator enters into the parking fee collection device a vehicle length or information about the vehicle which is associated with vehicle length for a selected vehicle and a parking fee is assessed based upon the vehicle length. The database may also contain information about unpaid parking tickets associated with vehicles, a list of stolen vehicles and/or outstanding warrants for vehicle owners. An appropriate notice is provided when a match is found.12-22-2011
20110313821Anti Fare Evasion System - A system for monitoring passengers on a vehicle includes one or more detectors for detecting passenger data including one or more passenger identification properties. A computer system receives data from the detectors and uniquely identifies each passenger based on the one or more passenger identification properties. A device receives fare data indicative of whether a passenger has paid the correct fare, and uses the fare data, passenger identity and passenger data from the computer system to indicate which passengers have paid the correct fare.12-22-2011
20130191189NON-ENFORCEMENT AUTONOMOUS PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHODS - Methods and systems based on Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) determine that a vehicle occupies a parking spot. A road-side system checks in the vehicle having an on-board DSRC system into a parking system. The system provides the on-board DSRC system with a parking rate and the on-board DSRC system provides the road-side system with payment data. A final parking fee is determined and is charged after the vehicle has left the parking spot. Parking rates are determined dynamically based on existing and/or expected conditions. A planning system provides a vehicle with a parking spot at a scheduled time. Navigation data is provided to the vehicle to reach the scheduled parking spot. Traffic and environmental policies are enforced by applying the methods and systems.07-25-2013
20130204676METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY CATEGORIZING SERVICE PROVIDERS - A method and system for selectively allowing service providers (e.g., taxi drivers) to engage in premium arrangements with customers is presented. The method entails assigning an initial number of points to each of the service providers; adjusting, by using a computing device, the number of points assigned to the providers based on provider behavior, wherein the provider behavior take into account frequency of acceptance of customer requests for service, types of services accepted, and accurate execution of requested service; categorizing providers with points above a predefined threshold as premium providers who are allowed to engage in premium arrangements with customers; and transmitting the premium status of premium providers to the customers. With the method and system, only providers that demonstrated good behavior that is consistent with fair and efficient access to the services is allowed to engage in premium arrangements.08-08-2013
20120095812Computer-Implemented System And Method For Offering Residential Parking Reservations - A computer-implemented system and method for providing recurring residential parking reservations is provided. Motor vehicle parking spaces located in a residential area are managed through a server. Smart parking devices, vehicle occupancy sensors, and parking availability indicators are interfaced to the server. Use of the parking spaces by a resident is reserved on a recurring basis throughout a subscription period. A parking reservation, including recurring times and dates, is requested. The request is granted provided the parking space is available over any other reservations stored in the server. Use of the reserved parking space is managed throughout the subscription period. Occupancy of the requested parking space is sensed through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor. A motorist's identity is verified through the nearest smart parking device. The use of the reserved parking space is denied if not by the resident and parking non-availability is indicated during each recurring time and date.04-19-2012

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