Smart cards wave Orlando residents through toll barriers

Smart cards wave Orlando residents through toll barriers

By Jason Miller

GCN Staff

JULY 19'Orlando, Fla., residents soon will use smart cards to pay tolls, bus fares and parking meter fees with a wave of the hand.

Through matching funds from the Federal Transit Administration, Orlando is teaming up with Touch Technology International Inc. of Phoenix, and PBS&J of Miami, to provide and manage the electronic payment system that will run under Microsoft Windows NT.

The $4.6 million project, scheduled to start this winter, will let users pay for the three city services with touch-and-go smart cards. The cards will work with the city's current toll system and will use software applications called E-Cash and Pass to direct funds to the correct accounts.

More than one agency can issue cards, and more than one processing system can acquire the transactions. A clearinghouse will process all the smart-card transactions, said Terry Davis, senior vice president and chief software architect of Touch Technology.

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