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Virtual Toll Roads

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Confidentiality

The information contained in this
presentation is proprietary and confidential to
Zonal Systems Llc. and should not be
disclosed to any third parties without the
express permission of Zonal Systems Llc.

Copyright 2017 Zonal Systems Llc.
All Rights Reserved
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Founders

• Robert Pierce Ph. D.

• James “Chip” Northrup, MBA Wharton

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Zonal IP for toll roads

Zonal has 5 US patents (one pending)
with claims for virtual toll roads

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What are Virtual Zones ?

Created on a PC web browser
Mapped any shape/ size
Deployed on any navigation system
Device reports in/out of zone
+/- 4 m resolution

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Why use Zones ?

Zones can recognize or control:
Vehicle’s presence in toll zone
Toll gates /parking gates
Autonomous vehicles

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Zonal Toll Zone System
Mobile app triggers entry/exit events
Pays toll automatically
Acts as a portable toll pass
Cameras backup
Patented for phones & navigation system

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Create Virtual Toll Zones

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Cameras back up

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Reduce capex, maintenance, disputes

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Authority’s Home Page

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Toll Zones Mapped
By authority, type, jurisdiction, etc.

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Toll Zone Benefits
Consumers
Free app, no transponder
Records toll event
Toll Authority
Lowers capex, maintenance & operating
costs
Interoperable
Manufacturers – API built into nav system
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Interoperable
Any toll authority
Vehicle’s nav system
Rental car nav system
Parking lots
Autonomous vehicles
Urban area fees

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Mobile App Operation

App can run “in background”– sleep mode
App can display progress on map
Redundant zones – at toll booth and on road
Authority can track usage

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What are not Zones?
Geo-Fences are not Zones
Zones are closed polygons/polyhedrons
Zones can be nested within zones
Zones can have defined access gates
Tracking is not a Zone
Zonal devices self-report as inside/outside zone
Devices are not externally tracked
Zonal App can function if Internet is lost
Devices can “remember” where they’ve been

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Why not cameras only ?

Cuts paperwork
Notifies cameras
Enhances accuracy
Records event

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Why not tracking ?
Requires cell tower geo-locator, WiFi, or beacons

Cell geo-locators inaccurate +/- 100 meters

WiFi or beacons require capex

Geo-locations doesn’t match toll zone boundary

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Not tied to one vehicle
A moveable pass from car to car
Multiple apps in same car ?
One user billed when multiple apps detected

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Why not a geo-fence ?
3 dimensional “fence” is a Zone !

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Tied to a specific car ?
Patent applies to car’s navigation system

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Toll Zone Challenges

Defeat false positives – car on access road
Defeat false negatives – car not being tolled
Device/ app/ GPS failure
Lose cell coverage - WiFi at transitions
Cameras back up
App tied to specific vehicle’s VIN

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Cameras Back Up

Scofflaws
App fails en-route
Fails entry /exit
False positive – side road
False negative - a miss

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Timeline
At USPTO for 5+ years
First patents granted Q1 2016
Beta tested daily for 4 years
iPhone and Android

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Zonal Systems Contacts

Robert Pierce

pierce@zonalsystems.com

Chip Northrup

northrup@zonalsystems.com

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