New satellite-based toll system for the Czech Republic

Aug 06 | 2019

The Czech-Slovak consortium CzechToll and SkyToll will take over toll invoicing in the Czech Republic on 1 December, 2019. Because this involves a new technology, forwarding and transport companies have to replace their on-board units (OBUs).

The existing devices of the previous operator Kapsch will then no longer be functional UNION TANK Eckstein GmbH & Co KG (UTA) will make it as easy as possible for its customers to switch to the satellite-based system and automate the exchange processes in coordination with the new toll operator.

The new toll operator uses flexible satellite technology that combines a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), microwave technology (DSRC) for short-range communications and mobile GSM technology (Global System for Mobile Communications). The technology effortlessly handles an increase in traffic volume without the need for costly new roadside infrastructure for toll collection.

The replacement of existing OBUs due to the change in technology must be as user-friendly as possible. "Our declared goal is to make mobility as simple and efficient as possible," says Olaf Schneider, Director of Tolls at UTA. "This is why we guarantee an all-round service from a single source, both for the changeover and for new registrations, and we deal with all administrative and other processes."