John Breedlove, Director of Operations for the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, is also a member and trustee of the Alliance for Tollroad Interoperability. This organization has members from various state road agencies, who are directors of operations of state transportation agencies with the specific purpose of implementing standardized toll collections systems that will work the same in all the southern states with the eventual goal of a national standardized system. They plan to use the uniform standards and protocols of the cell phone industry and the banking industry to create a virtual tolling system. If you get a chance to look around you while drive around I-285, I-20, I-75, and I-85, you will see these tall towers will cameras and antennas. That equipment is being put in place before SRTA goes through the motions of getting public input. ATI will make sure those systems operate well with systems in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and other states of the South. The cameras will be able to take pictures of your license plates in order to record and transact eventual “settlement” from you, the driver. If you read the ATI documents the word “settlement” is used over and over again.
Eventually video recognition of license plates will be replaced with RFID technology. As ATI says video tolling is a transitional technology. The new technology will use 5.9 Gigahertz signal transmission to read the RFID tags. Travelers of Georgia’s roads will someday be bathed with microwaves impulses from those huge concrete towers you see now on the side of the road. Those towers seem to be built out of the nightmarish peregrinations into the addled brain of a science fiction author who took one too many doses of amphetamines.
The President of ATI, J.J. Eden, is an interesting gentleman with a connection to a military defense contractor. Mr. Eden was once a manager for the Martin Marietta Corporation. His official position was in Martin/Marietta IMS as ETC director. He is also tied into Transcore, the toll road systems integrator. He was a Vice President in charge of Marketing and Business Development for Transcore. Given the provenance of ATI’s president, it seems that John Breedlove is a member of sales producing organization, not a neutral organization for operations managers.
When Mr. Breedlove retires from the state of Georgia after successfully implementing the ATI game plan, we can be sure he will be very popular in the infrastructure industry. In the meantime we will have to live in an extortion/spy racket grid on our highways.
If you would like to contact Mr. Breedlove with your concerns, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can phone him at (404)-893-6155. Please be polite.