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Kapsch is one of Austria's most successful global technology companies. Kapsch Group currently comprises various subsidiaries including the flagship company Kapsch TrafficCom. With its comprehensive ITS portfolio, Kapsch is actively addressing the challenges of the present and the future with intelligent mobility solutions in a wide range of application areas. As a family-owned company founded in 1892 and headquartered in Vienna, Kapsch can look back on 130 years of experience with the future. Each year, the Kapsch Group invests approximately ten percent of total revenues back into research and development to ensure consistent innovation and new technologies for the benefit of its customers around the world.

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  • 25. November 2021
    Driving across Europe is becoming easier

    Vienna, 25 November 2021  – Tolltickets adds Belgium and Scandinavian countries to its growing tolling network. Beginning in December, Tolltickets will add an additional 800km of toll roads in Norway, several ferry providers and the world-famous Øresund and Storebaelt bridges to its network, expanding its services both for private and business customers across Europe. In Belgium, where all heavy goods vehicles (exceeding a weight of 3,5 tons) must be equipped with an On-Board Unit (OBU), Tolltickets’ partners and customers will now benefit from a fully integrated solution. The Belgium road network is a significant step forward as it connects tolltickets’ users in Central and Eastern Europe with the port of Antwerp, one of the world’s largest seaports. With this service expansion, Tolltickets’ users can now pay tolls seamlessly in eight countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) with a single device. Quentin Couret, COO of Tolltickets, comments: “ Belgium and Scandinavia are important milestones in our strategy to cover Europe with one single OBU, reducing complexity and increasing profitability for our customers.” Jan Kersten, Tolltickets Managing Director, concludes: “Since entering the EETS market, tolltickets has been growing rapidly and continuously added new territories to its existing toll road network. More toll domains and will be added to its existing portfolio soon.”

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  • 24. November 2021
    OPINION: Emissions targets need more than double of COP26 efforts

    Vienna, 24 November 2021  – The Glasgow Climate Pact is ambitious, but not enough. Commitments amount to 4.8 billion mt of CO 2 , while they need to fall by 12.5 billion mt in 2030 to get on track with a 2°C goal, according to the UN. For cities, the main drivers of emissions, digital traffic management is a valuable tool to reduce emissions while improving air quality. Cities like Austin or Madrid already take action and benefit from such measures today. The recently adopted Glasgow Climate Pact is an ambitious attempt to set targets for reducing emissions – but most countries are way off track in terms of meeting them. In fact, in order to achieve a warming limit of 1.5°C, efforts to curb emissions would have to reach 27 billion mt CO 2 by 2030. In addition to being am major source of emissions that are damaging the environment, urban transport is also responsible for air pollution in cities, as none-fuel emissions like tire wear emissions and braking particulates pose a significant health danger to the city population. Kapsch TrafficCom is making cities breathe again “Today, more than 80% of cities worldwide struggle with air pollution,” explains Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. “The impact on the environment and public health cannot be denied. Promising to focus on electric vehicles in the future is not enough and will by far not resolve the situation – immediate actions are required. We have the tools available to change things for the better, empowering cities to address these issues head-on.” By making use of the increased connectivity of infrastructure elements and traffic participants, joined-up traffic management can help cities to better guide traffic and reduce emissions-heavy congestion. Joined-up traffic management systems improve traffic flow on busy roads, influence drivers to moderate and modify their road-usage behaviour, free up space on roads for greener transport alternatives and improve air quality. By connecting infrastructure and traffic participants, cities both improve the quality of life for their citizens as well as combat global warming. The impact of traffic management In Austin, Texas, the implementation of managed lanes has improved throughput leading to reduced traffic congestion and increased revenue generation for the city. In Madrid, Spain, Kapsch data shows that Integrated Mobility Management has reduced delays and stops by 19% and journey times by 5%. Additionally, by employing joined-up traffic management measures like congestion charging, CO 2  emissions in the British city of London could be reduced by up to 20%, according to an independent assessment. Kapsch TrafficCom is working continuously to empower cities with tools to combat congestion and air pollution. That is why the company is launching its “Breathe”-campaign, emphasizing its efforts to give back cities the ability to breathe, from Times Square, New York to the streets of Buenos Aires, Melbourne and beyond. Check out more information on our Breathe-Campaign here: www.kapsch.net/en/ktc/breathe

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  • 9. November 2021
    Reducing emissions and reducing stress – City of Vienna presents first steps of groundbreaking traffic management system

    Vienna, November 9, 2021 – City of Vienna and Kapsch TrafficCom launch climate-friendly mobility of the future with Traffic Management   2.0. Such initiatives can help the UK to achieve its net zero target by 2050.   In the fight against the global climate crisis and its consequences, emission reduction in traffic plays an essential role. The digitalization of traffic management is an important lever for cities that want to reduce emissions while simultaneously improving the traffic experience.  With the UK Governements Decarbonising Transport Plan, deploying the Traffic Management 2 solution paves the way in defining real improvements to air quality and with Kapsch innovation always addressing the key challenges, examples such as this project are excellent illustratons of how technology can play a vital role in achieving the Decarbonisation plan.  Intelligent, networked systems not only increase traffic safety, but also contribute to climate protection. They enable smooth transportation and thus reduce emissions. As a climate protection pioneer, the City of Vienna is at the forefront here, too, with a lighthouse project jointly pursued with Kapsch TrafficCom. "We are working on further climate protection measures in road traffic. Smart transportation management helps to improve the traffic conditions and thus the CO 2  balance. We are now launching a pioneer project with its first application, the Grüne Welle Wien app. It can already save up to 15% of emissions, as well as make the lives of the Vienna bicyclists a lot easier" says Ulli Sima, City Councilor for Mobility and Digitalization, who presented the Traffic Management 2.0 project together with Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom.  Traffic Management 2.0   Under the slogan "Traffic Management 2.0," the City of Vienna and Kapsch TrafficCom are implementing a comprehensive set of measures for future-oriented transportation guidance. Those range from networked traffic lights that prevent congestion and switch to green for approaching streetcars, to an intelligent navigation system that anticipates critical traffic situations in real time, helps to proactively circumvent traffic jams and protects sensitive areas such as schools, thus ensuring greater safety on school routes. Long term, the aim is for Traffic Management 2.0 functions to be available directly in vehicles, too. That way, Vienna will be well prepared for the coming innovation boosts such as autonomous driving. "What sounds a bit like science fiction today could be quite commonplace in the foreseeable future when all of this is made possible by the networked and intelligent traffic systems that we are now bringing to live in Vienna," says Steve Parsons, Sales Director at Kapsch TrafficCom. Grüne Welle Wien The Grüne Welle Wien app is the first step of the Traffic Management 2.0 project. It will enable cyclists and car drivers to make their way through city traffic at much less effort and stress, as well as in a more fuel-efficient and comfortable way. The smartphone app either shows at which speed – within the permitted speed limit – the next traffic light can be reached at green or how many seconds it will still be on red. If a traffic light is on red, road users may coast and thus still be moving when the light turns green again. This means fewer start-ups and a much better flow of traffic. In the case of cars, this saves up to 15 percent fuel and emissions. When cycling, the app allows to perfectly adjust the physical effort to the green phases and to travel much more smoothly through the city. "Vienna is becoming one of the leading cities in Europe when it comes to mobility. With Grüne Welle Wien, traffic signals in the city will communicate intelligently with road users. In order to avoid congestion, the next step will be to flexibly control the green phases at the traffic lights depending on the actual traffic volume. Stress and environmental pollution can thus be drastically reduced,” concludes Parsons.

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  • 27. October 2021
    Study: Road congestion costs South American cities billions

    Inter-American Development Bank advocates intelligent traffic management Just building new roads is a dead end policy Santiago de Chile, Oct. 27, 2021 – A recent paper from the Inter-American Development Bank finds that South American cities are among the most congested cities in the world, costing cities like Sao Paulo over USD 2 billion per year. However, real time traffic management should be used as a game changer. The traffic management company Kapsch TrafficCom already uses smart technology in various countries to implement next generation solutions. In the past, the main approach towards reducing congestion was to build new roads. But the IADB publication shows that this instead increases the number of vehicles on the road. Clearly, combatting congestion needs a smarter approach. That is why tools like connected mobility and real time traffic management should be used to improve traffic in the cities, according to the publication. World´s smartest traffic managment in Melbourne One highly innovative example of connected mobility is the AIMES project in Melbourne, Australia. By using Bluetooth connections to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, sensors placed on buses, trams and trains as well as environmental sensors recording pollution and noise, the “Mobility Hub” developed by Kapsch TrafficCom connects, informs and guides traffic participants. The system, covering an inner city area of 6km², over 100km of roads and more than 70 intersections, is being called the “Smartest Traffic Management in the World” and ensures a smoother flow of traffic, reduces congestion and improves safety at the same time. Buenos Aires guides traffic in real time A recent example of a successful traffic management project is the EcoTrafix platform that Kapsch TrafficCom installed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. By implementing its innovative traffic management system, Kapsch TrafficCom integrated the city’s various traffic control technologies under one umbrella system and shifted traffic control from a reactive to proactive and collaborative traffic management. Now, Buenos Aires boasts a modern, state-of-the-art integrated control center that makes traffic management and communication between the various traffic agencies of the city easier and more efficient. Solutions for all traffic stakeholders “With today’s technology, we can guide the traffic on the road in a way that avoids unnecessary congestion and improves the traffic experience for all participants, from drivers to cyclists to pedestrians”, says Emilio Rivas, Executive Vice President at Kapsch TrafficCom Latin America, a globally renowned provider of solutions for sustainable mobility. “The key is to provide authorities with live, or even predictive, information and the right tools to guide traffic.” This can be achieved through the Kapsch Predictive Analytics Module (PAM), which combines real-time traffic data with historical data to predict changing traffic conditions – both over the next 30 minutes, but also for a period of up to 10 days into the future. The solution draws on a number of relevant data sources, including GNSS data, data from roadside sensors, weather data, information about planned events in the locality, and more. This allows agencies to take preventative action before the situation worsens, improving the traffic experience for all stakeholders and reducing emissions at the same time. “We are also making it even easier for road users to get where they’re going faster,” Rivas continues. “We are enabling road users to speed up their journeys and to reduce emissions associated with congestion.” Innovative solutions like Kapsch Connected Driving help road users save time on every journey, while also reducing stress caused by delays and difficult driving conditions. Additionally, driving within recommended speed guidelines and ‘riding the green wave’ helps road users to save fuel, while also reducing wear and tear on their vehicles and tyres, and lowering related maintenance costs. The IADB publication can be found here . Innovation at Kapsch TrafficCom Those are just some of the solutions and innovations we are working on at Kapsch TrafficCom. If you want to find out more, download our use case folder at innovation.kapsch.net and learn how we at Kapsch can help you to shape your city’s mobility.

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  • 20. October 2021
    Melbourne Pilots Smartest Traffic Management In The World

    Kapsch TrafficCom Australia build on their existing ‘ Mobility Hub’ within the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) The ‘Mobility Hub’ covers over 100km of road, more than 70 intersections and multiple types of transportation Interview with Professor Majid Sarvi, The University of Melbourne Vienna/Melbourne, Oct. 20, 2021 – Majid Sarvi, AIMES Director and Professor Of Transport Engineering at the University of Melbourne, talks about the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES), the world’s smartest ‘Mobility Hub’ , developed together with Kapsch TrafficCom, located on the streets of inner-city Melbourne.

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  • 6. October 2021
    Reducing emissions and avoiding congestion: Kapsch TrafficCom presents innovative solutions and Smart Urban Mobility at the ITS World Congress 2021

    Hamburg/Vienna, October 6, 2021 – In terms of sustainable mobility in cities, avoiding congestion is a key issue. Intelligent traffic management enables quick, effective solutions and positive effects on the environment and quality of life. From October 11 to 15, experts from Kapsch will be presenting their mobility solutions for digital traffic control and intelligent networking of vehicles and roads at booth 5405 (Messe Hamburg). The negative economic and ecological effects of congested road networks are undisputed. For example, a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in Europe are attributable to traffic. The fact that this is also causing resentment among those affected was recently made clear by the Kapsch TrafficCom Index-2021: 70% of German and 74% of Austrian respondents no longer consider road traffic emissions to be acceptable. Intelligent traffic management enables traffic authorities to record and respond to traffic conditions in real time. While conventional solutions are time-delayed and inaccurate, a proactive solution takes into account current traffic conditions and combines measures such as dynamic pricing, intelligent vehicle routing and signal optimization to manage demand from private motorized transport. “Traffic congestion and its associated emissions create a public health crisis and cause millions of dollars in lost productivity. That's why we are driving innovation and technology in key areas such as Connected Driving, Smart Roads and Smart Mobility Pricing. All these elements need to work together if we want to achieve sustainable change”, says Gerd Gröbminger, Vice President Sales CENECA at Kapsch TrafficCom. A first convenience function that can be implemented quickly is the Green Wave Assistant. Traffic signal timing data is processed directly for drivers with a smartphone app or integrated into the vehicle navigation system so that they can keep up with the green phases of the traffic signals and drive more smoothly as well as save energy. Another important tool for combating traffic congestion as part of an intelligent traffic management strategy is the optimization of signaling. This involves adjusting traffic signal timing so that traffic does not back up at intersections. This optimization of signaling can reduce congestion by up to 25%. In addition, intelligent traffic management also includes data exchange with navigation providers. By using deep learning algorithms, it is not only possible to determine the optimal routing scenario for traffic, but also to balance traffic according to local needs on all available routes. In this way, navigation providers can combat congestion and reduce travel times for individual drivers. You can get more detailed insights into these and other Kapsch TrafficCom technologies at booth 5405 at Messe Hamburg, as well as during a panel discussion on 13.10. in room 2 of exhibition building B4, where Kapsch expert Balazs Barnucz will talk about the possibilities of AI for traffic analysis. If you want to learn more, you are welcome to arrange a personal meeting. For this purpose please contact Elisabeth Güner (+43 664 628 1727, Elisabeth.Guener@kapsch.net ).

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  • 4. October 2021
    Dan Toohey appointed Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development of Kapsch TrafficCom North America

    Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of transportation solutions for sustainable mobility. Innovative solutions in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management and demand management contribute to a healthy world without congestion. Kapsch has brought projects to fruition in more than 50 countries around the globe. With one-stop solutions, the company covers the entire value chain of customers, from components to design and implementation to the operation of systems. As part of the Kapsch Group and headquartered in Vienna, Kapsch TrafficCom has subsidiaries and branches in more than 25 countries. It has been listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2007 (ticker symbol: KTCG). In its 2020/21 financial year, around 4,660 employees generated revenues of about EUR 500 million.

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  • 21. September 2021
    Ruta Uno tolls in Costa Rica will have Kapsch TrafficCom’s technology.

    Works on the route will impact more than thirty nearby cities San Jose/Santiago, September 21, 2021 – In a consortium with ETC Peajes Electrónicos S.A., a partner with local presence in Costa Rica, Kapsch TrafficCom has just been chosen by the Fideicomiso Ruta Uno to provide toll collection services with TAG devices for the toll stations in Río Segundo and Naranjo de Alajuela. There are currently two operational toll plazas on the route, in which Kapsch will implement its SmartTOLL solution. The improvements at the Río Segundo and Naranjo toll stations complement the works to be carried out along this 55 km route, which will impact more than thirty cities nearby. The route connects three provinces in the country's central plateau and crosses the international airport. Together with Route 27, it connects the port of Caldera to the Pacific zone, which is popular with tourists throughout the year. The main plaza located in the Rio Segundo sector of Alajuela is just a few kilometers from the international airport. The scope of the project foresees the implementation of 7 mixed lanes, which will allow electronic or manual toll collection, with 4 lanes at the Rio Segundo toll plaza and 3 lanes in Naranjo. The electronic toll collection service will be provided for an initial 12 months, and may be extended for an additional 12 months. “With the success of our toll solutions in many Latin American countries, we at Kapsch are pleased with the opportunity to bring our technology to Costa Rica and be part of such an important project", says Juan Zamakona, Kapsch's Vice President for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Technological solution for TAG toll collection. Kapsch will support the current operation of the toll stations through its SmartToll technological solution for the manual classification by vehicle type and the continuous recording of all transactions. The solution brings an interoperability functionality that will allow integration with the Quick Pass intermediation and electronic collection system operated by ETC in the "stop and go" mode. This will ensure that users who currently use the electronic toll payment system at other tolls will also be able to use this service at Ruta Uno , improving road fluidity and the user experience on this road.

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  • 15. September 2021
    Safety21 acquires Kapsch TrafficCom Italia, reaffirming its leading role as an enabler of Smart City and Smart Road solutions for local councils.

    Milan, September15, 2021 – Safety21 S.p.A. , an Italian company and leader in the road safety market, owned by the CEO founder Gianluca Longo and a host of institutional investors, is announcing the completion of its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Kapsch TrafficCom S.r.l., the Italian branch of Kapsch TrafficCom AG, an Austrian company listed on the Vienna stock exchange, a globally recognized provider of technological solutions for mobility. Now celebrating its 10th year, Safety21's initial internal growth phase has seen the success of its proprietary cloud platform IoT TITAN ® , as well as innovative infrastructure proposition models for municipalities through public-private partnerships . With this transaction, the company further strengthens its series of acquisitions at the national and international level, intended to incorporate core links in the chain of services offered by the Group to the public bodies in the smart mobility market. Kapsch TrafficCom Italia has been a leader since 2008 in the manufacturing, sale and maintenance of IoT for traffic offense detection, with a particular focus on access control within Limited Traffic Zones (LTZ). The transaction now represents an additional step in Safety21's expansion, broadening the range of cutting-edge IoT technological solutions and scalable and innovative outsourcing services offered to public bodies and police forces. Kapsch TrafficCom Italia, now Motus21, currently operates throughout the country with 416 LTZ gates in over 60 Italian cities, including many large metropolitan centres. The transaction will allow Safety21 Group to serve over 300 public bodies, with an installed base of over 700 active and operational enforcement IoTs throughout Italy. Gianluca Longo, CEO of Safety21 : "The acquisition of Kapsch TrafficCom Italia, which has become Motus21, represents a natural path of expansion for Safety21 in the smart mobility world. Motus21 will allow us to play an increasingly prominent role for local councils, offering IoT solutions for law enforcement and monitoring in the local area, with a view to improving traffic flows and eco-sustainability as envisaged by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The acquisition of Kapsch TrafficCom Italia is a highly significant first step in our partnership with Kapsch TrafficCom AG, an internationally renowned player in the sector." Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom AG , complements: “Kapsch TrafficCom has resolved to concentrate its strategic focus on four core areas in the future. This focus has led us to sell Kapsch TrafficCom Italia. We are handing over our branch to a successful Italian company, which will manage it adeptly and we are convinced that it will fit perfectly with Safety21’s operations. In future we will cooperate with Safety21 to jointly seize opportunities in Italian cities and abroad.” Safety21 was supported in the transaction by the advisor Itom Invest while the legal aspects were handled by Grimaldi for Kapsch and Orrick for the buyer. The banks involved, a pool made up of Banco BPM and MPS, were followed by Legance .

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  • 8. September 2021
    Summary of the resolutions of the Annual General Meeting.

    Today’s Annual General Meeting of Kapsch TrafficCom AG passed the following resolutions: No dividend will be paid out for the 2020/21 financial year; the entire net retained profits will be carried forward to new account. Discharge of liability of the members of the Executive Board and the members of the Supervisory Board in office in financial year 2020/21. PwC Wirtschaftsprüfung GmbH, Vienna, appointed as auditor and Group auditor for financial year 2021/22. Remuneration Report 2020/21 approved. Election of Sonja Hammerschmid to the Supervisory Board. She follows Kari Kapsch who has resigned. Authorization to increase the share capital by up to 10%. Further information on the AGM is here:

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  • 12. July 2021
    Kapsch Group to restructure.

    Family business prepares for generational change Vienna, July 12, 2021 – The global technology company Kapsch Group is set to restructure: Kapsch Group is being repositioned for the next generation of the entrepreneurial family. Kapsch Group can look back on a history of almost 130 years. Since its founding, Kapsch is always a family-run company – currently in its fourth generation. Its success is based primarily on the personal commitment of the entrepreneurial family, the resulting corporate culture and the fact that the Group has continuously developed and reinvented itself over all these years. With an eye on the next generation of the Kapsch family and to be able to ensure later a smooth transition to the next generation in due course, it is planned to restructure the Group. Kapsch Group will now focus on the companies Kapsch Aktiengesellschaft and Kapsch TrafficCom. Kapsch Group will be assigned to the sphere of influence of Elisabeth Kapsch and Georg Kapsch and will remain under the leadership of Georg Kapsch as CEO as before. The direct shareholdings of KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH in Kapsch TrafficCom AG and the management thereof by Georg Kapsch will not change as a result. Kapsch BusinessCom will leave Kapsch Group together with Kari Kapsch. Kari Kapsch will remain chairman of the supervisory board of Kapsch BusinessCom and the management board will also remain unchanged with Franz Semmernegg and Jochen Borenich. It is planned that Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft will join Kapsch BusinessCom as a new partner to support the further expansion of Kapsch BusinessCom. The reorganization of Kapsch Group has recently been initiated. As things progress, regulatory approvals will still be required and completion is expected in a few months. The restructuring process will have no impact on the employees and customers of Kapsch TrafficCom, Kapsch Aktiengesellschaft and Kapsch BusinessCom.

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  • 10. June 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom Wins Large Electronic Tolling Project in the USA.

    Vienna, 10th June 2021 – Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) is pleased to announce that Plenary Infrastructure Group (Plenary) has awarded Kapsch a project to implement a new toll collection system for the Louisiana Highway (LA-1) for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). The project is an amendment to Kapsch’s existing contract with Plenary, where Kapsch is providing an end-to-end all-electronic tolling system and related maintenance services for a major bridge and tunnel replacement in Belle Chasse, Louisiana .  Plenary began construction on the new bridge and tunnel  in January 2020. Kapsch’s scope of work for the LA-1 project includes updating the existing tolling infrastructure with the Kapsch advanced lane solution, updating and providing back off systems and services, as well as advancing modern efficiencies into operations and maintenance. The new system will work with the state’s current GeauxPass transponder program, and will include new system features such as a toll-by-plate program. Implementation activities are scheduled to commence in 2023, followed by 30 years of technical and commercial operations. “We look forward to the ongoing partnership with Plenary and the Louisiana Department of Transportation,” said JB Kendrick, president of Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “These infrastructure and tolling system investments will provide the modern facilities and operational efficiencies that can optimize the travel experience for Louisiana drivers.”

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  • 27. May 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom appoints new CFO Andreas Hämmerle

    Vienna, May 27, 2021 – Andreas Hämmerle will join the Executive Board of Kapsch TrafficCom as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with effect from July 1, 2021. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice President Finance at the company. Commenting on the appointment, Georg Kapsch, Chief Executive Officer of Kapsch TrafficCom says: “I would like to congratulate Andreas Hämmerle and welcome him as a new colleague in the Executive Board. He is an experienced executive leader who had an important role in navigating KTC through a transformation phase and who strongly contributed to achieving substantial improvements of our financial situation. I am confident that with his extensive experience and knowledge specifically in finance the company is well prepared for the future.“ Andreas Hämmerle: ”I feel honored and excited to take up my new role as Chief Financial Officer at Kapsch TrafficCom. I am looking forward to working together with a great team and I am confident that we will successfully write the next chapter of the company’s development.”   Hämmerle held various management and executive board positions before working for Kapsch TrafficCom. He has long-standing international experience in the branded products industry as well as the service and retail sectors. The main focus of his work has been on corporate development, change management, mergers & acquisition, restructuring, compliance and controlling in change situations. 

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  • 21. April 2021
    JB Kendrick appointed President of Kapsch TrafficCom North America

    McLean, VA (April 21, 2021) – Kapsch TrafficCom AG (Kapsch) has appointed JB Kendrick as President of its North America business unit as of April 19, 2021. Ms. Kendrick joined Kapsch in 2017 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, a role in which she was instrumental in growing the tolling, traffic management, and connected vehicle business for Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “It is my pleasure to announce JB Kendrick as the new President Kapsch TrafficCom North America,” says Georg Kapsch, Chief Executive Officer of Kapsch TrafficCom. "JB has a successful track record in growing business in North America. She is known for building strong client-centric teams through collaboration, effective internal and external communication, and advancing Kapsch employee engagement initiatives.” JB Kendrick succeeds Chris Murray, who is leaving Kapsch TrafficCom. In the last 10 years, he managed the successful transformation of the North America business into a leading provider of end-to-end tolling, traffic management and connected mobility systems. “I would like to thank Chris for all of his contributions to Kapsch. I wish him the very best.” JB Kendrick’s appointment will help to deliver sustainable business performance and to support a successful next chapter for our company.She has built a successful 25 year career delivering back office and payment processing solutions with leadership roles in multiple functional areas including sales, operations, business development, marketing, and client relations. Prior to joining Kapsch, JB spent 13 years with Conduent (and formerly Xerox/ACS, Inc.) selling to and supporting emerging payment services for more than 30 US states as well as the federal government.  JB Kendrick has served on the Board of Directors for the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA) and has been actively engaged with the National Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA), W.net, and The Women’s Alliance (TWA). She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and is a member of the “Women in Tolling” group of the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) as well as several local philanthropic organizations. She will continue to be based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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  • 12. April 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom’s pioneering European technology will connect intelligent traffic lights with driverless buses in Malaga

    The company installs traffic controllers that inform an autonomous public transport vehicle of green and red traffic signals The AUTOMOST project aims to advance the automation of public transport Madrid, April 12, 2021 – Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) has implemented a connected vehicle (V2X) project in Malaga, Spain for AUTOMOST. This EU-funded R&D project, developed by the bus fleet manager AVANZA together with the City of Malaga and the Port of Malaga, aims to advance the automation of public transport. Kapsch, as an international provider of connected vehicle technology and services, has installed intelligent traffic light controllers that directly transmit SPaT (Signal Phase and Timing) information from the traffic lights to the autonomous bus for each lane accessing the controlled junction. The Malaga City Council, which is committed to Malaga’s development as a technological and innovative “smart city ”, has chosen the port as the test area to develop this autonomous vehicle project and to analyse the benefits of automating public transport in a more controllable way, as it hosts a less complex bus line. Kapsch was selected by the Malaga City Council in 2020 to supply 11 EcoTrafiX™ traffic light controllers with their corresponding roadside units (RSU), which are now connected to the AUTOMOST technology platform to provide real-time information between the buses and infrastructure at select Malaga intersections with traffic lights. They replace the original controllers that did not support SPaT features. The SpaT information provided by Kapsch technology will include current traffic light status and time remaining until the next light change. This will allow the buses and other equipped vehicles to know the exact red, green or yellow light times in advance in order to match their speeds accordingly and manage their autonomous driving. This is an innovative program and the first of its kind in Spain; the technology can simultaneously broadcast a G5 and 5G protocol frequency while sending SpaT information about the traffic lights to all  nearby vehicles. “We are delighted to contribute to the implementation of this innovative project, which reaffirms our commitment to smart urban mobility,” says Javier Aguirrre, CEO and President of Kapsch for Spain and Portugal . “Connected vehicle and autonomous driving technologies open up great opportunities. Malaga, a Spanish benchmark for Smart Cities, has been using Kapsch solutions for years to manage the city's traffic in an integrated way. Now, with this initiative, it has once again become a pioneer in applying technology to improve the lives of its citizens.”   The EcoTrafiX™ Controller enables efficient, safe, and sustainable mobility by setting priorities for public transport, emergency vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians depending on the unique needs of each project. EcoTrafiX™ can operate with different protocols (UNE, NTCIP, UTMC) and adapts to any type of operation whether in isolated mode, under centralised control, or with adaptive traffic control systems. The Kapsch RIS-9160 RSU provides fast data exchange between the vehicle and infrastructure.

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  • 25. March 2021
    Enviromental award from the city of Vienna for Kapsch TrafficCom

    The City of Vienna has honored Kapsch TrafficCom as “OekoBusiness Wien 2021”. The global provider of intelligent traffic solutions took part with its operations in Vienna's ÖKOPROFIT (Ecoprofit) environmental service program. The program aims to help companies reduce waste, raw material, and water and energy consumption at business locations in Vienna. “The Oekoprofit program is a great start on the road to become a more sustainable company,” says Juliane Höbarth, Head of KapschTrafficCom's Environmental Sustainability Program. “It helps us identify the biggest sources of emissions in our company at the Vienna operating site and understand how to reduce them.” Experts examine environmentally friendly business practices. In a series of workshops, the Ecoprofit experts from the environmental consultancy Denkstatt worked with Kapsch TrafficCom to analyze carefully selected environmental data and identify potential savings and improvement measures. “We learned that in the industrial sector, the product life cycle accounts for the largest share of CO2 emissions. That's why we focus on evaluating the CO2 footprint of our products and the emissions savings potential of our portfolio,” reports Höbarth. Kapsch TrafficCom is “OekoBusiness Vienna 2021”. The project team presented the results of the program in the form of a report and a presentation to the expert commission of Oekoprofit. Kapsch TrafficCom was then recognized by the Advisory Board for its commitment to sustainable business practices by the City of Vienna as “OekoBusiness Wien 2021”. The certificate is valid for a period of one year.

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  • 8. March 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom – Norway Starts Free-Flow Tolling In One Of World´s Deepest Undersea Tunnels.

    Jönköping/Vienna. March 8, 2021 – The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) assigned Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) in October 2020 to deliver a new Multi-Lane Free-Flow (MLFF) tolling system at Ryfast, Norway. Only 13 weeks after the contract signature, the system with 6 tolling points went successfully into operation on February 1, 2021. The Ryfast sub-sea tunnel system runs from the city of Stavanger to the municipality of Strand. It is one of the longest and deepest undersea road tunnels in the world, with the Ryfylke tunnel of 14.3 kilometres length and 292 meters deep. After implementing the high performance system in record time of only 13 weeks, the Kapsch MLFF G3 tolling system is now in operation since the beginning of February. “While we have installed our systems at tunnels, bridges, cities and roadways all around the world, we are proud to be part of the Ryfast project. We are very happy that we have managed to implement a reliable and high-performing system in such a short time", says Mikael Hejel, responsible Area Sales Manager for the Nordic countries. The tolling system detects and identifies all passing vehicles with video technology, which classifies the vehicles and captures their front- and rear license plates. Through microwaves, the tolling system also detects and reads AutoPass toll tags, which are linked to the vehicle’s license plate number. The information captured by the tolling system is transmitted to a back-office for further processing and invocing of the vehicle owners. “Due to that a previous tolling system could not be set into operation, we had to retender a new tolling system and allocate a tight time schedule. In addition, given the current Covid situation and closed borders, it was a challenging task both for Statens vegvesen and Kapsch to comply with the schedule. Therefore we are very pleased with the open dialogue and the transparency we have had with Kapsch TrafficCom, something which enabled the extremely short implementation time of the new tolling system”, says Kristian Rognskog, Chief Engineer of AutoPASS/Bompeng systems at Statens vegvesen.

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  • 16. February 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom – Results for the first three quarters of 2020/21.

    Highlights. Expiry of major projects, COVID-19, special effects, and internal challenges led to a decline in revenues and negative EBIT. Restructuring measures have shown the first signs of success; free cash flow is positive again. “The success of the introduced cost reduction program is already evident. While the free cash flow in Q1 was still negative at around EUR 27 million, the shortfall in Q2 fell to EUR 3 million. In the just finished Q3, we succeeded in generating a positive free cash flow of EUR 31 million. As a result, we now have a positive value of EUR 1 million after nine months,“ says Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1-Q3 2019/20 Q1-Q3 2020/21 +/- Revenues 545.5  384.5 -29.5 % EBIT 7.7  -89.0 > -100 % EBIT margin 1.4 %  -32.1 % -24.5 %p Result for the period attributable to equity holders 1.9 -78.3 > -100 % Earnings per share (EUR) 0.14 -6.03 > -100 % Vienna, February 16, 2021  – Revenues totaled EUR 384 million in the first three quarters of 2020/21, which represents a decline of 30% or EUR 161 million. EUR 75 million of this amount is attributable to major projects that ended in the previous year: one in Germany (early termination of the implementation project by the customer due to a decision by the European Court of Justice), one in the Czech Republic (operating contract expired), and one in Bulgaria (completion of the implementation of a nation-wide toll system). In North America, the focus was on completing and restructuring existing projects. In addition, project margins had to be adjusted in the USA. This not only had negative effects on the EBIT but also, and in a large extent, on revenues. Finally, the various measures adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19 also led to a substantial decline in demand and revenues: In the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) segment, they were major drivers behind the decline of EUR 28 million or around one-third in component revenues. Implementation revenues also fell by EUR 71 million. The operating result (EBIT) went from EUR 8 million in the previous year to EUR -89 million in the current reporting period. The following special effects in particular were responsible for this development in the current financial year: Adjustment of project margins and provisions for onerous contracts, particularly for projects in North America: EUR -50 million. Impairments of goodwill: EUR -21 million (corresponds to the figure in H1 2020/21). Provision for lawsuit in the USA: EUR -8 million. Operating currency effects: EUR -11 million (net).   The financial result in the first three quarters of 2020/21 amounted to EUR -10 million (previous year: EUR -5 million). This was primarily due to the net interest loss of EUR 3 million and unrealized foreign exchange losses in the amount of EUR 5 million (net). Income taxes were positive at EUR 18 million (previous year: EUR -1 million). The result for the period attributable to equity holders of the company after nine months totaled EUR -78 million (previous year: EUR 2 million). This equates to earnings per share of EUR 6.03 (previous year: EUR 0.14). As of December 31, 2020, the net debt amounted to EUR 183 million (March 31, 2020: EUR 176 million). The equity ratio was at 18% (March 31, 2020: 25%). The balance sheet total fell to EUR 614 million (March 31, 2020: EUR 727 million). Free cash flow of EUR 1 million after three quarters was substantially better than in the comparative period of the previous year (EUR -20 million). Net CAPEX totaled EUR 2 million (previous year: EUR 9 million). And even though we are seeing the first signs of success from our efforts to make the company more efficient, focused, agile, and profitable over the long term, we still have a hard road ahead of us. The management is examining structures, processes, and expenditures throughout the entire organization. Many necessary restructuring measures have already been implemented, while others have been introduced, and a few are still outstanding. Naturally, this is often connected with additional costs in the short term. The Executive Board assumes that these will be reflected for the most part in the current financial year’s result. Therefore, it is quite possible that, with revenues of somewhat more than EUR 500 million, the negative EBIT in the 2020/21 financial year could exceed the EUR 100 million threshold. Segment results. In the first three quarters of 2020/21, 73% of revenue was generated by the ETC segment and 27% by the IMS segment. 53% of revenue was generated in the region EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), 42% in the region Americas (North-, Central- and South America), and 5% in the APAC (Asia-Pacific) region. ETC (Electronic Toll Collection). Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1-Q3 2019/20 Q1-Q3 2020/21 +/- Revenues 420.1  279.6 -33.5 % EBIT 18.5  -79.7 > -100 % EBIT margin 4.4 %  -28.5 % -32.9 %p In the first three quarters of 2020/21, ETC revenues reached EUR 280 million (-33%). As mentioned above, the comparative period included revenues of major projects which have come to an end in the meantime. Implementation and component revenues fell by EUR 100 million. A good portion of this decrease is a consequence of the international measures adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19. ETC-EBIT amounted to EUR -80 million (previous year: EUR 19 million). EBIT margin was at -28% (previous year: 4%). In the first three quarters 2020/21 Kapsch TrafficCom sold 7.5 million on-board units (previous year: 10.1 million).   IMS (Intelligent Mobility Solutions). Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1-Q3 2019/20 Q1-Q3 2020/21 +/- Revenues 125.3  104.9 -16.3 % EBIT -10.9  -9.3 14.2 % EBIT margin -8.7 %  -8.9 % -0.2 %p In the first three quarters of 2020/21, segment revenues reached EUR 105 million. (-16%). The IMS EBIT was EUR -9 million and thus better than in the previous year (EUR -11 million). The now completed departure of the United Kingdom from the EU (Brexit) had no significant impact on Kapsch TrafficCom’s results. Revenues there were in the single-digit million range during the first three quarters of 2020/21. The highlights report of the first three quarters 2020/21 as well as further materials will be available at www.kapsch.net/ktc/ir/downloadcenter .

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  • 12. February 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom to supply the first multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) toll collection system in France for highway concessionaire APRR.

    Paris/Vienna, February 12, 2021 – Kapsch TrafficCom was awarded a framework contract by APRR regarding the supply, implementation and technical operations of MLFF tolling systems. This will improve traffic flow and decrease the environmental impact on the RCEA highway. APRR, highway concessionaire of the Eiffage Group, is the second largest French concessionaire operating around 2,300 kilometers of highway. Employing 3,500 people, APRR manages a yearly turnover of around 2.4 billion euros. Recently, the ALIAE consortium (Eiffage’s group concession) has been awarded the A79 highway (formerly RCEA – Route Centre Europe Atlantique ). In this context, APRR will deploy and operate a MLFF tolling system supplied by Kapsch TrafficCom. The new highway will open to traffic in 2022. Improved traffic flow and less environmental impact. From the end-user point of view, the MLFF system allows travel time and fuel consumption to decrease as drivers do not need to stop at plazas anymore. The automatic toll collection system is also an efficient and secure mean of payment without physical interaction. For the concessionaire, implementing a MLFF system improves the throughput of the highway, reduces the number of incidents and, above all, allows to decrease the environmental impact of the tolled road. After a pilot phase where APRR had tested the performances of several MLFF technologies provided by different companies, APRR chose Kapsch TrafficCom as industrial partner in the deployment of its first multi-lane free-flow system projetcs. “This is a great success for us, showing that we are best in class in terms of performances and value for money. We are proud to start an exciting long-term partnership with APRR,” says Nathalie Leboucher, Senior Vice President Sales Western Europe, Middle East & Africa at Kapsch TrafficCom. Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of transportation solutions for sustainable mobility. Innovative solutions in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management and demand management contribute to a healthy world without congestion. Kapsch has brought projects to fruition in more than 50 countries around the globe. With one-stop solutions, the company covers the entire value chain of customers, from components to design and implementation to the operation of systems. As part of the Kapsch Group and headquartered in Vienna, Kapsch TrafficCom has subsidiaries and branches in more than 30 countries. It has been listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2007 (ticker symbol: KTCG). In its 2019/20 financial year, around 5,100 employees generated revenues of EUR 731.2 million.

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  • 10. February 2021
    Greece stops “unfair” tolling on the motorway.

    Europe´s first Pay-as-you-go tolling system on the A8 motorway Athen-Patras Athens, Vienna. February 10, 2021 – Greece is the first country in the European Union to operate an electronic toll system in which car drivers are only charged for actual kilometers driven on the motorway. The new “Hybrid Multi-Lane Toll System” from Kapsch TrafficCom supplements the unpopular existing payment system that charges drivers for an entire section of road, even if they exit after the first toll barrier. “Kilometer-based toll billing is the future” says Michael Weber, Strategic Sales Manager of Kapsch TrafficCom. “The European Union sees traditional section payment as an unfair phase-out model and is pushing to charge only for actual kilometers driven. This method will be mandatory for new toll routes and a recommended feature for existing toll routes. This means that the changeover on the A8 motorway from Athens to Patras in December 2020 is not only groundbreaking for Greece, but is likely to set a precedent throughout the EU.” To use the new service, cars will be equipped with on-board units that attach to the vehicle’s interior windshield . When the car enters a toll checkpoint, the system will automatically debit the toll costs from the owner's customer account and the barrier will open to allow the vehicle onto the highway. As soon as the vehicle exits the route, any overpaid costs for the entire section will be credited back to the driver's account in a mileage-based billing transaction. Reduced emissions and improved traffic flow. Civic leaders of cities and towns along the Athens-Patras motorway have lobbied for the introduction of the hybrid multi-lane toll system. The reason is that motorists wanting to avoid the cost of an entire stretch of motorway 8 stayed on roads going through towns, which resulted in a considerable noise and emissions burden. Mileage-based charging with the new system now provides a rebate solution in which overpaid road use is credited according to the actual exit chosen. Drivers have a new incentive to use the motorway. “Other toll routes in Greece, as well as in other countries such as Spain or Italy, are likely to follow the example of the new 'Hybrid Multi-Lane Toll System',” says Michael Weber. “The billing technology not only ensures that costs are charged fairly in line with European Union recommendations, but can also be expanded to include additional services. For example, it is possible to set the toll for vehicles according to different environmental standards: e-vehicles would pay less than gasoline or diesel, for example.” Video “Kilometer toll” in Greece: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xNaF0r8-S4 Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of transportation solutions for sustainable mobility. Innovative solutions in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management and demand management contribute to a healthy world without congestion. Kapsch has brought projects to fruition in more than 50 countries around the globe. With one-stop solutions, the company covers the entire value chain of customers, from components to design and implementation to the operation of systems. As part of the Kapsch Group and headquartered in Vienna, Kapsch TrafficCom has subsidiaries and branches in more than 30 countries. It has been listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2007 (ticker symbol: KTCG). In its 2019/20 financial year, around 5,100 employees generated revenues of EUR 731.2 million.

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