When you drive between Norfolk, the third largest city in Virginia, and its less-populous neighbor Portsmouth, your route takes you through toll tunnels operated by Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC). And you’re certainly not alone, you’re sharing the ride with more than 100,000 motorists each day. Fortunately, you never have to slow down for toll booths – instead, you simply drive at highway speeds while a digital tolling system automatically collects your fare.
Bringing this modern marvel to life required the efforts of industry giants including IT technology firm Cognizant and Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as regulatory oversight from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). However, there’s more to the story. FlashGrid, a Silicon Valley-based developer of database infrastructure software, played an important role by providing software and support for a critical database at the heart of the digital tolling system.