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AT&T TO INSTALL ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA

 MURRAY HILL, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T will be installing the communication network and a smart-card based electronic toll collection system on three new toll roads in Orange County, Calif., later this year. The system will be the first toll collection system in the U.S. based on smart-card technology.
 In March, California's Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) contracted with Lockheed Information Management Systems to design, install, maintain and operate a Toll Collection and Revenue Management System for the San Joaquin Hills, Foothill and Eastern Transportation Corridors. This system will consist of both traditional and electronic toll collection facilities. The latter will allow drivers to pay tolls without stopping or even slowing down -- or fumbling for change -- by identifying the moving vehicle and arranging for automatic payment.
 Lockheed has subcontracted with AT&T to provide the electronic toll collection system for the roads. Last year, AT&T and Lockheed entered into a business alliance to jointly develop and market electronic toll collection and other "intelligent highway" technologies.
 Subscribers to the electronic toll collection system will use the AT&T smart card -- a credit-card-size device with embedded micro- processor and memory chips. As they approach a toll-collection area, drivers merely insert their personal smart card into a small radio transponder on their dashboards. Receivers at on and off ramps and at the toll plazas will communicate with the dashboard device, and toll accounts will be automatically debited. The entire transaction takes only milliseconds, and drivers will not be required to stop or even slow down as they pass through the toll lane.
 The electronic toll collection technology that was selected by TCA was jointly developed by AT&T and Mark IV, Inc. A similar system is already in use in Italy.
 In addition to supplying the smart cards and transponders, AT&T will be providing a state-of-the-art communications network between the toll facilities, including transmission equipment, fiber-optic cables and copper cabling. AT&T will also provide a PBX (private branch exchange) telephone system for the TCA's offices, and will be financing the purchase of some of the equipment included in the project.
 The toll system will be installed on more than 60 miles of new toll roads. The 30-mile Foothill segment will run between Irvine and San Clemente; the 23-mile Eastern project will run between Anaheim Hills and Irvine; and the 15-mile San Joaquin Hills segment will run from Newport Beach to San Juan Capistrano.
 Both the traditional and electronic toll collection systems are expected to be in operation when the first three-mile segment of the Foothill Transportation Corridor opens in the Fall of 1993.
 The smart card used in the TCA system will be a multiple-application card, and additional services will be added to the card later, such as using it for rideshare programs, transit fare payments and parking fees.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Jacobe, 908-582-4767, or Loren Osterman, 908-582-4710, both of AT&T./
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