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AT&T AND VAPOR CANADA TO DEVELOP AND MARKET ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM

 AT&T AND VAPOR CANADA TO DEVELOP AND MARKET ELECTRONIC TOLL
 COLLECTION SYSTEM
 BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) and Vapor Canada Inc. today announced a joint cooperation agreement to develop and market an electronic toll collection system that will let travelers use AT&T's smart card to pay highway, bridge and tunnel tolls without stopping at toll booths.
 The new system, which will combine AT&T's smart card products and services with Vapor Canada's vehicle recognition technology, will be the first electronic toll collection system in North America that will allow secure, two-way communications between the vehicle and the roadside.
 In addition, the system will be based on AT&T's smart card, a portable database which features a file management architecture that allows a number of different applications to reside on the card at one time. This capability will make it possible for travelers to have one card that can be used to access many other services, on and off the highway.
 "This new system is just one example of how AT&T's smart card is revolutionizing the way everyday transactions take place," said Diane Wetherington, president, AT&T Smart Cards - Systems and Solutions.
 "Once travelers begin using the smart card to pay tolls, they will hold a secure passport to countless other enhanced services as each becomes available, no matter where they are, no matter what the time," Wetherington added.
 Electronic toll collection systems are designed to help alleviate traffic jams at toll booths by permitting drivers to make payments without stopping. With more than 200 million vehicles on U.S. and Canadian roads today, these systems are gaining popularity with highway, bridge and tunnel authorities as a way to improve traffic flow, reduce expenses and increase customer convenience.
 "Finding ways to ease delays at toll collection areas, especially on heavily traveled roads at peak commuting hours, has become a priority for highway, bridge and tunnel authorities," said Kelly Gravelle, divisional manager, Vapor Canada. "While adding more lanes or toll booths might be one answer, studies have found that solutions such as electronic toll collection systems are a much more efficient and less expensive approach, especially in areas where expansion is just not possible," Gravelle added.
 At the heart of the new system is a slim, two-way communicator which contains the smart card reader/writer and communications interface. The communicator is about the size of a hand-held calculator, and is initially designed to be mounted above the dashboard. It makes use of either an integrated antenna for over-the-road readers or external antennas for in-pavement readers.
 As drivers approach a toll collection area, they insert their personal smart card into the communicator, which reads the card's account information and transmits the data via radio frequency to a roadside data controller. A debit for the correct toll amount is transmitted back to the dashtop communicator and a record of the transaction is written onto the card.
 The entire real-time transaction between the vehicle and the toll booth takes place within milliseconds. In addition, the transmission is protected from unauthorized access or interception by the smart card's data encryption features.
 One of the new system's unique features is its ability to calculate a variable toll. As the vehicle enters the highway, the system records its point of entry. It can then use this "electronic toll ticket" to calculate the toll at the vehicle's point of exit. This capability, which is important on roads that set toll amounts by the distance traveled, is not available with existing systems in the United States today.
 The new electronic toll system will be available in early 1992.
 Vapor Canada is a Montreal-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Mark IV Industries, Inc. (NYSE: IV). Vapor develops and markets automatic vehicle identification (AVI) systems and various equipment for transit, rail and bus. The AVI systems are typically used by trucking and railroad companies to track fleet movements on highways and railroads.
 Vapor Canada's AVI system is currently being used in the Crescent Project, an initiative operating in six western states and in British Columbia to provide automatic identification and "weight-in-motion" for commercial truckers over selected highways. Vapor Canada's equipment also was selected to be used by the Orlando/Orange County Expressway Authority (Florida) in its automation programs.
 Mark IV, headquartered in the Buffalo, N.Y., suburb of Amherst, is a $1.1 billion diversified manufacturer of products in three business segments: technical products and systems; engineered products and systems; and transportation products and systems. The company has approximately 12,000 employees worldwide.
 AT&T Smart Cards - Systems and Solutions is AT&T's strategic business unit responsible for developing and marketing AT&T's smart card products and applications. AT&T is a world leader in developing and marketing contactless smart cards. The strategic business unit currently markets and manufactures smart card systems in North America, Europe and other countries. AT&T Smart Cards - Systems and Solutions also has a joint cooperation agreement with Nippodenso Co., Ltd. (Japan) to develop and market applications for use with AT&T's smart card.
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 /CONTACT: Marianne Carlton of AT&T, 201-564-3836, or at home: 908-273-6339/
 (T IV) CO: AT&T; Vapor Canada Inc.; Mark IV Industries, Inc. ST: New Jersey, New York, Quebec IN: SU: JVN


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