McLean, VA/Vienna, April 25, 2013 – Kapsch TrafficCom North America (Kapsch), a subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom AG, today announced the release and publication of its Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) specification to accelerate the efforts of nationwide electronic tolling interoperability. Kapsch currently uses the TDM protocol to build and supply electronic toll collection (ETC) tag and reader equipment for the E-ZPass Group and other customers throughout North America. Providing open and free access to the Kapsch TDM protocol is an important contribution from Kapsch in support of nationwide electronic tolling interoperability and will provide an open platform for industry compliance with the federal mandate Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
To ensure the TDM protocol remains open, Kapsch is making it available to all interested parties royalty free in perpetuity and is also granting the right to sublicense the protocol. The TDM specification can be downloaded from the Kapsch TrafficCom website at www.kapsch.net/us/ktc. The specification is also available on the E-ZPass Interoperability page at www.e-zpassiag.com/interoperability.
“Open technology benefits everyone and accelerates the adoption of standard solutions,” said Chris Murray, President and CEO, Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “We will continue to actively support open, non-proprietary protocols and technologies and are committed to make these available to the market which is to the benefit of everyone in the industry – from toll agencies to the road user.”
“We applaud the efforts of the Kapsch team in supporting the 25 member agencies of the E-ZPass Group with our efforts to advance nationwide interoperability of electronic toll collection systems,” said PJ Wilkins, Executive Director, E-ZPass Group. “The E-ZPass Group has and will continue to support industry efforts toward nationwide interoperability. The release of the TDM protocol for both tags and readers is a significant step towards that goal.”
About the E-ZPass Group
Founded 20 years ago with interoperability as a fundamental principle, the E-ZPass Group operates the largest, most successful electronic tolling interoperability network in the world, with more than 24 million toll transponders in use and collects over $9 billion in annual toll revenues of which more than $6 billion is collected electronically and over $3 billion transferred between agencies through toll reciprocity programs. The mission of the E-ZPass Group is to enable E-ZPass Group members and affiliated toll operators to provide the public with a seamless, accurate, interoperable electronic method of paying tolls and fees while preserving and enhancing the E-ZPass program. Today it operates in 15 states and has 25 member agencies.
For more information, visit: www.e-zpassiag.com.
Kapsch TrafficCom is a provider of high-performance intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the application fields of toll collection, urban access management and traffic safety and security. Kapsch TrafficCom covers the entire value creation chain of its customers as a one-stop shop by providing products and components as well as subsystems as open market products, by integrating them into turnkey systems or by developing end-to-end solutions, including services for the technical and commercial operations of systems. Within its current core business of electronic toll collection (ETC), Kapsch TrafficCom designs, builds and operates ETC systems, in particular for multi-lane free-flow traffic. With 280 references in 41 countries on all five continents and with almost 70 million on-board units delivered and about 18,000 lanes equipped, Kapsch TrafficCom has positioned itself among the internationally recognized suppliers of electronic toll collection worldwide. Kapsch TrafficCom is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has subsidiaries and representative offices in 30 countries.
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