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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), such as the LeeWay Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system, are designed to relieve traffic congestion through the use of sophisticated communications technology. ETC automates the manual in-lane collection process, eliminating the need for drivers to stop and pay cash at a toll plaza. TransCore, a transportation company of the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), is the LeeWay system integrator. TransCore installed the toll collection system and operates the Customer Service Center for the Lee County Variable Pricing Project. TransCore has installed its Automated Revenue Collection System (ARCS) software to interface with the in-lane toll collection equipment, and the LeeWay Customer Service Center. TransCore provides a wide range of transportation technology services including: automated toll collection systems; traffic engineering; advanced traffic management system design and deployment; commercial vehicle systems; transportation consulting; rail and intermodal information systems; and transportation research and evaluation. TransCore has developed and installed many similar systems in other parts of the U.S. Amtech Systems Division of Intermec Technologies Corporation, a UNOVA, Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, formerly Amtech Transportation Systems, has provided the advanced ETC equipment for LeeWay. Amtech pioneered the use of electronic toll collection and is the world's leading provider of wireless identification, tracking and monitoring technologies for the intelligent transportation industry. Amtech, known for its reliable and accurate products, manufactured the equipment for Lee County in Albuquerque, New Mexico, using the rigorous ISO9001 quality standards. The wireless data communications technology is fast, accurate, and secure. It uses radio technology to access information stored in small electronic devices, called transponders, that are attached to the vehicle's windshield. LeeWay uses Amtech's Intellitag IT2000 equipment, which includes a transponder and a unit called a reader that is installed at the toll plaza. Each transponder contains a unique identification code that is used to identify an account. Typically, a reader is placed in each lane and is connected to an antenna that conveys the transponder's information. A computer in each lane combines information from the reader with data from other sensors in each lane to complete the data record for the transaction. This entire process is accomplished in just milliseconds. The transaction data is later passed over a computer network to LeeWay's Customer Service Center for account validation and processing. This technology allows patrons to proceed through LeeWay lanes much faster than previously possible. The new system reduces congestion without requiring additional lanes. Electronic Toll Collection systems have proven reliable in both high traffic volume and high-speed conditions all over the world, and are designed with security features to prevent unauthorized use and fraudulent tampering with the transponders.