Security & Privacy Breaches in ETPS: Problem Survey & Case Study of I-90

Electronic Transportation Payment Systems, ETPS, generate increased revenues that finance transportation infrastructure. Additionally, ETPS installments often create increased traffic operational efficiency and environmental benefits. As long as ETP systems are secure and protect user privacy, they will continue to increase in popularity. However, there may be a price to pay for increased security. Adoption of security algorithms on electronic transponders, for instance, may affect traffic operations negatively. Congestion, queuing and delay may be a consequence of added algorithms that increase payment transaction times. This research has a twofold purpose. First, investigators will determine the extent and severity of the security and privacy breaches on electronic transportation payment systems. An online survey reporting ETPS breach events occurring worldwide over the last ten years will be developed. Frequency of occurrence for each of the 10 types of security and privacy breaches will be monitored. In addition, researchers will investigate one case study, the ETPS on the I-90 Massachusetts Turnpike. Plaza traffic during the peak rush hour will be simulated using VISSIM traffic software. Real data such as approach volumes and vehicle and plaza characteristics will serve as input. Simulations with and without added transaction times will be created at several plazas. The impact on traffic operations due to the added transaction times in a range of milliseconds as well as seconds will be investigated.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $103738.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33388

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489784
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, UMAR24-27
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:01AM