Always looking ahead.

The history and development of telecommunications and traffic telematics are inextricably linked with Kapsch. And Kapsch is a success story made in Austria – a company which nurtures innovative thinking and behaviour as important assets since its inception and until the present day.

Already in the early years, Kapsch pursued the newest technological developments, recognizing societal trends and quickly responding with market-oriented technical innovation for the benefit of its customers. Televisions, radios and batteries by Kapsch were soon in great demand, and even today are remembered fondly.

By focusing on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market and structuring the Kapsch Group in three autonomous business units Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Kapsch CarrierCom AG and Kapsch BusinessCom AG we have placed significant cornerstones for a successful future. And, at the same time created a bridge to our past: we continue to offer our customers excellent and innovative solutions for their benefit – then and now the hallmark of Kapsch.

Kapsch Milestones

1892 - 1950

1892 Johann Kapsch founds a precision workshop in Vienna - producing Morse telegraph devices and telephones.
After 1918 Kapsch begins manufacturing capacitors and dry batteries.
1923 Entry into radio manufacturing. The first Kapsch radio receiver Pionier L with three-tube speaker technology. Soon afterwards Kapsch becomes a cofounder of RAVAG, the Austrian company Radio Verkehrs AG, thereby ringing in the age of radio in Austria.
1930 The first television demonstration with a complete transmission and reception system in Austria – a revolutionary event at the Kapsch pavilion on the Vienna Trade Fair.
1946 In cooperation with the Austrian Post, Kapsch plays a key role in the reconstruction of the telephone network after World War II.
1948 Equipment of long-distance offices with switch system 48 – the first standardized, nation-wide, direct-dial system. In 1950 the first automatic exchange using the system comes into service in Eferding.
1950 Kapsch establishes its first branch offices in Austria; begins production of portable radios.

1951 - 1999

1955 Televisions become commonplace household items. Kapsch brings the first black and white television on the Austrian market, the model TFS-56.
1958 Capri, the first fully transistorized-portable radio is released.
1965 The company develops a new low-noise dialing disk for telephones that remains in use up to the 1980s.
1967 Presentation of the first Kapsch color television: the Chromomatic.
1969 Development of an OHS system for semi- electronic telephone exchange system operation.
1970 Installation of train radio for Austrian Railways.
1972 Kapsch develops batteries with a non-leak guarantee.
1978 The era of digitization begins; Kapsch starts developing and producing digital communications systems and plays a major role in bringing Austria into the digital telephony age.
1979 The medium-range radar system Koralpe essential to aviation safety is built.
1980 Start of digital-telephony in Austria with Schrack.
1984 Kapsch enters into the mobile telephony segment and equips the Austrian army and Austrian Railways with the first – back then still quite large – devices.
1989 Kapsch establishes international subsidiaries and offices in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia and Croatia.
1991 First telephone call in Austria using the new digital mobile network GSM.
1994 Kapsch equips trains of several European railways with radio communications systems.
1999 Implementation of the world’s first electronic toll system for multi-lane free-flow traffic on the Melbourne City Link highway.

from 2000

2002 Kapsch Group structures its activities into dedicated strategic units, establishing three autonomous organizations: Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Kapsch BusinessCom AG and Kapsch CarrierCom AG.
2003 Kapsch implements the world’s largest comprehensive electronic truck toll system in Austria.
2006 Kapsch implements and subsequently operates the electronic road user charging system for trucks in the Czech Republic.
2007 Successful initial public offering of Kapsch TrafficCom AG in Vienna.
2009 Kapsch TrafficCom AG is accepted onto the VÖNIX sustainability index, Kapsch BusinessCom builds upon its position as a Cisco Gold partner and Kapsch CarrierCom strengthens its position in Central and Eastern Europe through further acquisitions.
2010 Kapsch TrafficCom acquires Mark IV IVHS and wins major contracts in South Africa and Poland. Kapsch CarrierCom takes over the GSM/GSM-R division of Nortel, thus becoming a major provider in this area.
2011 Kapsch TrafficCom wins major contract to operate Russian motorway. Kapsch CarrierCom brings production of GSM-/GSM-R systems back from China to Vienna. Kapsch BusinessCom and Google agree on a trend-setting partnership.
2012 Kapsch Smart Energy starts a pilot project for integrated energy management. Kapsch BusinessCom becomes Apple partner in Austria.
2013 Entry into the market for communications solutions in local public transport based on TETRA technology.
2014 Strategic acquisitions in the segments traffic management and system integration (Transdyn, Inc., U.S.A.) and public transport (Prodata Mobility Systems NV, Belgium).
2015 Kapsch modernizes the entire IT infrastructure of Tyrol Air Ambulance, thus ensuring a safe flight for patients.
2016 Kapsch is equipping the new Allianz stadium in Vienna with full wireless coverage and media technology.