Satellic was appointed in July 2014 by the three Regions in Belgium to collect toll on their behalf from heavy goods vehicles of over 3.5 tons. This means that Satellic has committed to design, build, finance, maintain and operate a complete kilometer charging system within less than two years.
Satellic uses satellite technology (GNSS) together with mobile (GSM) and dedicated short range communication (DSRC) to work in its On Board Unit.
On 1.October 2015 Satellic began to distribute the On Board Unit (OBU) and started technical operations. On 1.April 2016 Satellic launched the commercial operations.
Today, Satellic has more than 600.000 vehicles registered for the tolling of heavy goods vehicles in Belgium. Between 130.000 and 140.000 heavy goods vehicles subject to toll, use the Belgium road network every working day.
Satellic NV is a Belgian company with more than 110 employees located in Diegem. It was set up by T-Systems and Strabag, two companies with extensive experience in road charging systems, and works under the supervision of Viapass.
Our management committee
Below, you will find the members of the Satellic management committee and their positions
Thomas Pferr was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Satellic NV on September 16th, 2016. He was previously Chief Technical Officer of Satellic since the moment he joined on January 1st, 2015.
He started his professional career in 1988 as a system specialist with Daimler’s data center. From 1990 to 2000, he was in charge of the Project Management & Consulting Division at debis Systemhaus Frankfurt, where he led several major outsourcing projects. In October 2002, he became Executive Vice President of T‑Systems International GmbH and was responsible for the Toll Collect Business Centre. Thomas Pferr has a distinguished technical and engineering background, and a wealth of experience with the German Truck Tolling System. Since 2006, he has been in charge of T-Systems’ national and international Tolling Business as Head of the ‘Satellic Telematic Services’ division, and responsible for the ‘International’ division which serves public customers like the EU, the Defense, Education and Research sectors. He is a member of the Public Sector & Healthcare Management Committee within T-Systems International.
Thomas Pferr studied at the Technical University in Darmstadt and graduated with a Master's degree in ICT‑Engineering
Saverio Donati was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Satellic NV in March 2017.
After obtaining a Master degree of Science in Management from the University of Ferrara and a 2nd level Master degree in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from SDA Bocconi, he held several managerial and strategic positions in various sectors such as finance, energy or luxury fashion. He joined Strabag in 2012 and is currently a Member of the Strabag Infrastructure Development European team, which focuses on the origination and execution of equity investments in PPP and Concessions mainly under project finance schemes.
His strong experience in negotiating several deals in the fields of transport infrastructure and energy across Europe and overseas made him a perfect fit for the position of CFO at Satellic.
Bart De Sitter
Bart De Sitter was appointed Chief Technical Officer of Satellic NV on January 1st, 2018. He was previously Head of Customer Services of Satellic.
He started his professional career in 1997 as Customer Engineer at IBM where he stayed 15 years and left as Architect in Telco and Utilities Sector. He joined T-System in 2012 as a presales consultant and solution designer and was responsible for the T-Systems BigData solutions in Belgium.
In 2014, Bart De Sitter was appointed Head of Customer Services at Satellic with the mission to run the customer services business and to ensure all contractual obligations within the customer services department were met. Among his main assignments, Bart had to manage the call center, the logistics supplier and the service points supplier. Parallel to the Head of Customer Services, he also was the account executive for Viapass.
Viapass is an inter-regional public official representative organisation which acts as a regulatory and supervisory body responsible for introducing the kilometre charge for heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in Belgium. It works on behalf of the three regional authorities to ensure that all implementation orders are complied with while the system is being built.
During the operational phase, i.e. the effective introduction of the kilometre charge, it will:
- Monitor the proper operation of the system, both in terms of builders and users.
- Ensure that money and data flows are processed correctly.
- Act as a regulator between the different potential future service providers.
- Be responsible for joint communications from the government about the kilometre charge.
Satellic and the environment
Our declaration with respect to environmental protection
Satellic employs an environmental management system which meets the requirements of international standard ISO 14001. Our system ensures that the development, installation and operation of the truck toll system in Belgium has as little impact on the environment as possible.
In all its business processes which can in any way influence the environment, Satellic has built in an unambiguous environmental code of practice – for example in the purchase of products and services. The key environmentally relevant objectives are:
- To promote environmentally oriented thinking and action at Satellic.
- To cut back on the use of resources.
- To reduce waste.