Electronic Transaction Consultants to Deliver and Operate the EZIOP Hub for E-ZPass

Electronic Transaction Consultants has been commissioned to deliver the next generation centralized interoperability hub in support of E-ZPass member agencies.

NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) and Electronic Transaction Consultants, LLC (ETC), a Quarterhill Inc. (TSX: QTRH) (OTCQX: QTRHF) company have signed a contract to implement and operate the E-ZPass Interoperability (EZIOP) Hub. TBTA oversees the procurement and implementation of the EZIOP Hub project on behalf of the member agencies of the E-ZPass Interagency Group (IAG). The initial contract term is ten (10) years with one (1) 3 year option. The contract is subject to customary terms and conditions and is valued at approximately $21.5 million.

The EZIOP hub aims to enable an optimized exchange of transaction data via a centralized interoperability hub between E-ZPass member agencies, third parties and other regional hubs. The project enables flexible phased adoption of national interoperability standards (NIOP) via the Enhanced Interface Control Document (ICD) and aims to pave the way for the expansion of multimodal interoperability to support future integrated mobility initiatives of member agencies.

IAG is made up of multi-state member agencies managing more than 32 million accounts, 49 million tags and over $12.1 billion in e-toll collections. According to IAG, it is the largest toll interoperability network in the world. The EZIOP Hub will facilitate and manage interoperability between existing member agencies and states, and support the Interagency Group’s ongoing geographic expansion as it continues to add states and members. The hub is designed to help E-ZPass member agencies provide a seamless tolling experience for their members across interstate lines with less time and effort than before. The hub provides all reports used for billing between member agencies and other regional hubs and supports other required IAG reports.

“This is an important step that brings us closer to nationwide tolling interoperability,” said PJ Wilkins, executive director of E-ZPass Group and IAG Service Corporation. “This partnership with ETC and the implementation of the EZIOP hub is another example of our continued commitment to a seamless E-ZPass customer experience.”

“We are honored and excited to be the technology and operational partner for the EZIOP Hub,” said Kevin Holbert, ETC’s Chief Executive Officer of EZIOP for the mobility industry and the trust that member agencies have in ETC. ETC brings over 15 years of interoperability experience, award-winning technology, and a passionate and dedicated team committed to our customers’ success. The new EZIOP Hub aims to give member agencies powerful new ways to meet the financial, operational and customer service goals for decades to come. ETC is ready to start the project and looks forward to getting started in the coming weeks.”

The stated goal of the project is to “use advances in the industry to overhaul the current IAG Toll Reciprocity architecture and processes to provide a robust, flexible and easily scalable platform on which to address evolving IAG business needs , and to facilitate national toll interoperability.” The proposed EZIOP hub system is based on a flexible architecture with evergreen enabling technologies to support dynamic future layering of functionalities, protocols and services over the course of a decade, driven by ongoing changes and Expansions of demand for new mobility services and needs of member agencies.

About Inter-Agency Group (IAG)

The Interagency Group (IAG), also known as the E‑ZPass Group, is made up of toll booths spanning 19 states that operate the highly successful E‑ZPass electronic toll collection program. With over 49 million E-ZPass devices in circulation, it is a global leader in toll interoperability. Visit www.e-zpassiag.com for more information.

About Electronic Transaction Consultants, LLC

ETC is a leading US provider of intelligent transportation systems, developing and delivering world-class solutions for toll collection, congestion management, intelligent mobility and multimodal transportation initiatives. ETC’s passionate and innovative team has been driving the future of mobility since 1999 with a range of industry firsts including all Electronic Toll Collection (AET), dynamic pricing, agency interoperability, hosted mobility solutions and machine learning.

For more than two decades, ETC has provided sophisticated solutions to many of the nation’s largest tolling agencies, including statewide programs, county networks, and tolling agencies. ETC’s solutions process over two billion transactions annually for our clients, totaling over $3 billion in revenue, and integrate the latest evergreen open source and SaaS technologies and big data architectures through our innovative riteSuite™ products.

About Quarter Hill

Quarterhill is a leading provider of tolling and enforcement solutions to the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry and, through its subsidiary Wi-LAN Inc., a leader in intellectual property licensing. Our goal is global leadership in ITS through organic growth of the Electronic Transaction Consultants, LLC (ETC) and International Road Dynamics, Inc. (IRD) platforms and by continuing an acquisition-driven investment strategy that capitalizes on attractive growth opportunities within ITS and its adjacent markets. Quarterhill is listed on the TSX under the symbol QTRH and on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol QTRHF. Visit www.quarterhill.com for more information

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding ETC, Quarterhill and their businesses. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by ETC and/or Quarterhill in light of their experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and the expected impact of new business strategies and other factors that ETC and/or Quarterhill believe may be relevant to the are appropriate in the circumstances. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed herein may not occur and may differ materially from known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting ETC and/or Quarterhill, including: potential risks and uncertainties related to the ultimate geographic spread of the novel coronavirus ( “COVID-19”); the severity of the disease; the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak; Measures that government authorities may take to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to manage its effects; the potential adverse impact of COVID-19 on the global economy and financial markets and any resulting impact on ETC and/or Quarterhill and/or their businesses. Other factors include, but are not limited to, the risks described in Quarterhill’s annual information form dated March 20, 2022 for the year ended December 31, 2021 (the “AIF”). Copies of the AIF are available at www.sedar.com. ETC and Quarterhill encourage readers to review and consider all of these risk factors and caution readers not to place undue reliance on ETC’s forward-looking statements. ETC does not intend and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

CONTACT: Claudia Neba Electronic Transaction Consultants, LLC 469-805-8901 cneba@etcc.com

Leave a Comment