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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. The former subsidiary K-Businesscom (KBC) has been operating independently with a new ownership structure since October 2021. 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.

Kapsch TrafficCom

Kapsch TrafficCom offers innovative solutions for transport and traffic. In the fields of tolling, traffic management, smart urban mobility, road safety, and connected vehicles, the company creates systems for sustainable mobility.

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  • 28. April 2022
    New Colombia Traffic Management System Strengthens Regional Economy

    Intelligent Transport System increases throughput Safer traffic for individuals and better mobility for businesses in Antioquia region Vienna/Bogotá, April 28, 2022  – Within just a few months the highways and tunnels of the Vias del Nus concession have registered over 300,000 vehicles – all without any notable incidents. Stretching over 157 kilometers, the Vias del Nus highway network connects Colombia’s second largest city Medellin and its 2.5 million inhabitants with the eastern parts of the Antioquia region. The intelligent transportation system used by the concession provides safety and improved mobility for road users. This also helps the tourism, agricultural and transportation sectors of the surrounding municipalities, as the roadway connects the region to more populated areas of the country. “From December 4 to date, the operation has been impeccable. More than 300,000 vehicles have passed through and there have been no incidents, with the exception of a couple of stranded vehicles that have been attended to immediately, so we are very satisfied,” says Ricardo López Lombana, General Manager of Vinus. It is estimated that vehicle circulation through the concession’s La Quiebra tunnels has increased by 60% since the system was implemented, positively impacting the region’s economy. “Tourist traffic to previously difficult-to-reach municipalities has skyrocketed. What used to be a three-hour drive from Medellin can now be reached within 40 to 50 minutes, increasing competitivity and attracting new investors to the region,” continues the Vinus manager. Olga Villegas, Vice President of Kapsch TrafficCom for Colombia and the entire Andean Region, adds: “We at Kapsch TrafficCom are proud to provide reliable and safe technological solutions in such a strategic project that improves the country's transportation network. Our DYNAC solution guarantees the high level of security required by this important road corridor that is frequented by thousands of vehicles every day.” The La Quiebra tunnels, 4.3 kilometers each, are the first tunnels in Latin America to be equipped with the high performance software suite DYNAC, developed and implemented by Kapsch TrafficCom. DYNAC integrates three systems that are usually found separately: a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system for control of electromechanical elements, an incident management system and a system for ATMS (Advanced Traffic Management System) management. In its modern control center, the system manages and monitors traffic, responding to any incident quickly and efficiently to prevent congestion.

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  • 21. April 2022
    Safer and more convenient traffic flow in Basque region Bizkaia through barrier-free toll system by Kapsch TrafficCom

    The toll system enables toll management without stopping the vehicle. The project will be implemented on various high-capacity roads and affects heavy vehicles.   Vienna/Madrid, April   21, 2022  – Kapsch TrafficCom will implement a toll system for heavy vehicles on multiple high-capacity roads in the Basque region of Bizkaia. The system allows tolls to be managed automatically without the vehicle having to stop at the collection point, thus contributing to safer, smoother and more comfortable traffic flow for users. This project was awarded by the public company Interbiak, will be carried out as part of a joint venture with Construcciones Amenábar. It involves an investment of EUR 12.5 million and will be implemented over a period of about 20 months. “Our technology eliminates the traditional booths and barriers to maintain traffic flow and contributes to reducing emissions as the vehicle does not have to stop and start again in the collection area, similar to the technology applied in the M50   project in Ireland. In addition, the entire system is flexible and scalable in functionality and capacity, so that as new needs are identified, they can be implemented without excessive changes”, says Steve   Parsons, Sales Director at Kapsch TrafficCom. Compared to traditional toll systems, the Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) technology collects and processes toll data electronically and automatically and improves the flow of traffic on the roads. Furthermore, it is capable of incorporating all the sensors and equipment that make up the toll collection point in a single gantry – a characteristic of the technological solution of Kapsch TrafficCom. This means that the system can identify and record the front and rear number plates, continuously track all vehicles and electronic payment devices (TAGs) that circulate through the toll collection or control point and send them to Interbiak's Central System for processing. The collection point system is designed to manage payment with the TAG device, while those vehicles that do not have this electronic payment device will be able to associate their number plate with a means of payment authorised by Interbiak.

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  • 25. March 2022
    Arbitral tribunal affirms the claim for compensation of the joint venture of Kapsch TrafficCom and CTS EVENTIM against the Federal Republic of Germany

    Vienna, March 25, 2022 – According to the decision of the competent arbitral tribunal, autoTicket   GmbH is entitled to damages and reimbursement of expenses against the Federal Republic of Germany. This is apparent from the interim arbitral award delivered to the contractor parties today. Following the termination of the operating agreement for the collection of the infrastructure charge ("passenger car toll") in Germany, autoTicket GmbH, the joint venture of Kapsch TrafficCom AG and CTS Eventim AG Co. KGaA, has asserted claims for compensation in the amount of approximately EUR 560 million against the Federal Republic of Germany. The arbitral tribunal confirmed that the claims asserted by autoTicket GmbH in the arbitration proceedings for compensation of the gross enterprise value and for reimbursement of the costs incurred in the execution of the operating agreement exist on the merits. Accordingly, the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, was not allowed to unilaterally withdraw from the contract without compensation. The arbitral award also rejected poor performance, as alleged by the Federal Republic of Germany, as a reason for termination. The first phase of the two-stage arbitral proceedings has thus been concluded. In the second phase of the arbitral proceedings that now follows, a decision is made on the amount of the claim.

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  • 23. March 2022
    World´s smartest traffic management system launches in Melbourne

    One of Melbourne’s busiest roads will host a world-leading traffic management system using the latest technology to reduce traffic jams and improve road safety. The ‘Intelligent Corridor’ at Nicholson Street, Carlton will be launched by the University of Melbourne, Austrian technology firm Kapsch TrafficCom and the Victorian Department of Transport. Covering a 2.5 kilometer stretch of Nicholson Street between Alexandra and Victoria Parades, the Intelligent Corridor will use sensors, cloud-based AI, machine learning algorithms, predictive models and real time-data capture to improve traffic management – easing congestion, improving road safety for cars, pedestrians and cyclists, and reducing emissions from clogged traffic. Leveraging different types of traffic sensors already installed by AIMES, the team will fine-tune the Intelligent Corridor over the next three years. The sensors will connect and monitor all parts of the transport environment. Safety metrics will be incorporated in real-time control of traffic signals, derived from traffic safety software developed by Advanced Mobility Analytics Group. AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) is the world’s first and largest ecosystem for testing emerging connected transport technologies at large scale in complex urban environments. It incorporates over 100 kilometers of road network in Melbourne, bounded by Lygon and Hoddle Streets, and Victoria and Alexandra Parades and receives support from the Victorian Department of Transport. The Intelligent Corridor marks a significant new phase, providing a new level of monitoring, with sensors on every intersection and a host of initiatives that will create a world-leading traffic management system. AIMES Director and Professor of Transport Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Professor Majid Sarvi said the Intelligent Corridor will provide a model for cities around the world to reduce the costs of urban congestion. Urban congestion costs the Australian economy $16.5 billion in travel delays every year, according to Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Audit Report 2019. “In Melbourne alone, 492 people lost their lives in crashes at urban intersections – with more than half of these being pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists – between 2006 and 2019. Our Intelligent Corridor will use the latest technology to better manage traffic and make our roads safer for everyone,” Professor Sarvi said. The project will collect before-and-after data to demonstrate the Corridor’s effectiveness. Its performance will be fine-tuned to improve outcomes on an ongoing basis over the next three years, thus providing important evidence for implementation in other cities. The Intelligent Corridor will use global technology firm Kapsch TrafficCom's corridor management platform EcoTrafiX. TrafficCom Executive Vice-President for Asia Pacific, Matthew McLeish said: “From connected vehicles to autonomous driving to integrated mobility management, this technology is laying the groundwork for a sustainable and congestion-free future, utilizing the very best in multi-modal demand management technologies such as the Kapsch EcoTrafix platform.” Director of Signal Services with the Victorian Department of Transport Niloo Karimi, said the Intelligent Corridor was an important and exciting step for Melbourne. “The City has faced an increasing volume of road users over the past few decades, leading to delays and an increasing number of accidents. Now, academic researchers, industry and government will draw on connected transport technology to explore better outcomes and solve issues of safety and congestion to create a safer, cleaner and smarter transport future for Melbourne,” Ms Karimi said. The Intelligent Corridor is supported by a $2 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant, with contributions from the University of Melbourne and industry partners Kapsch TrafficCom and Advanced Mobility Analytics Group. ARC Acting Chief Executive Officer Judi Zielke said: “The University of Melbourne, Kapsch TrafficCom and the Department of Transport Victoria, through their cooperation and linkages across disciplines, have taken an idea to reduce traffic congestion to a real-life, real-time application.” You can find more information on the Intelligent Corridor and the AIMES project here:

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  • 16. March 2022
    Kapsch TrafficCom at Intertraffic 2022: Speeding Up Next Generation Mobility Solutions

    World’s leading trade event for mobility from March 29 to April 1 Vienna/Amsterdam, March 16, 2022 – At Intertraffic Amsterdam, the world’s leading trade event for mobility, Kapsch TrafficCom will be showcasing solutions for digital traffic control and connected vehicles and roads. Extreme weather events are changing people's views on mobility: 72 percent are more critical of emissions and 70 percent no longer consider the current state of climate protection acceptable. This forces communities, authorities and agencies to change how they think about mobility and how they manage traffic in a modern, connected and data-based environment. “Our partners are not only looking for sustainable solutions, but for solutions that bring some immediate impact,” says Gerd Gröbminger, VP Sales CENECA at Kapsch TrafficCom. “The good news for cities and road authorities are that most of today’s challenges they are facing can be addressed with our modern traffic management technologies like integrated mobility management, congestion pricing and connected vehicles.” From next-generation tolling and green gantries to intelligent navigation systems, big data and connected vehicle solutions, Kapsch TrafficCom is transforming mobility, putting sustainability first. Kapsch TrafficCom invites visitors to stop by Booth 229 in Hall 1 and get introduced to these solutions, discuss them with our experts and see for themselves the mobility of the future.

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  • 23. February 2022
    Kapsch TrafficCom – Results for the first three quarters of 2021/22.

    Highlights. Return to positive EBIT with lower revenues Cost-cutting and restructuring measures taking effect. Low new business momentum continues to impact revenues   Positive free cash flow Outlook for financial year 2021/22: Revenue growth and EBIT turnaround „Even though results are significantly better than in the previous year, we are still nowhere near the level we were and need to be at. We are working intensively to implement new business areas in line with our Strategy 2027 and to better exploit the potential of our current core business. At the same time, the aim is to sustainably increase efficiency “, says Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1-Q3 2020/21 Q1-Q3 2021/22 +/- Revenues 384.5 379.2 -1.4% EBIT -89.0 5.8 n.a.    EBIT margin -23.1% 1.5% +24.7   PP Result for the period attributable to equity holders -78.3 -2.5 +96.9 % Earnings per share (EUR) -6.03 -0.19 € +5.84 Vienna, February 23, 2022 – After three quarters in a persistently difficult market environment, Kapsch TrafficCom succeeded in achieving a positive operating result (EBIT) of EUR 6 million (previous year: EUR -89 million). Revenues of EUR 379 million were 1 % below the previous year's level. Earnings attributable to shareholders amounted to EUR -2 million (previous year: EUR -78 million), corresponding to earnings per share of EUR -0.19 (previous year: EUR -6.03). The lower sales for the period were mainly due to the 20% decline in the implementation business. The operations business, on the other hand, increased by 12%, mainly due to projects in South Africa and Bulgaria. The components business continued to suffer from supply chain bottlenecks and declined by 2%. Kapsch TrafficCom achieved a significant reduction of its cost base through restructuring and cost saving measures. This related in particular to material, personnel and other operating expenses. Special effects burdened EBIT in the amount of EUR -16 million (previous year: EUR -90 million). The financial result amounted to EUR -4 million (previous year: EUR -10 million). Tax expenses amounted to EUR 1 million (previous year: tax income of EUR 19 million). The result for the period attributable to shareholders amounted to EUR -2 million (previous year: EUR -78 million), which corresponds to earnings per share of EUR -0.19 (previous year: EUR -6.03). Free cash flow amounted to EUR 9 million in the first three quarters of 2021/22 (previous year: EUR 1 million). Therefore, net debt decreased to EUR -163 million since the last reporting date (March 31, 2021: EUR -170 million). The gearing increased slightly from 200% to 202%. The partial repayments of the promissory note bond and a bank loan from equity had a balance sheet-reducing effect in the first quarter. Total assets amounted to EUR 530 million as of December 31, 2021 (March 31, 2021: EUR 593 million). The equity ratio increased from 14% to 15% in the first three quarters of 2021/22. Segment results for the first three quarters of 2021/22. 72% of revenues were generated by the tolling segment and 28% by the traffic management segment. 56% of revenues were generated in the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region, 40% in the Americas region (North, Central and South America) and 4% the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Tolling segment. Sales decreased by 2% to EUR 273 million. Declines in the implementation business of 23% and in the components business of 2% were not offset by 10% higher revenues in the operations business. The EMEA region made the largest contribution to revenues with EUR 148 million. In total, this region recorded growth of 2%. In the Americas region, revenues declined by 6% to EUR 112 million. In the APAC region, revenues decreased by EUR 2 million to EUR 14 million. Results Tolling Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1-Q3 2020/21 Q1-Q3 2021/22 +/- Revenues 279,6 273,1 -2,3 % EBIT -79,7 -0,6 +99,2 %    EBIT margin -28,5 % -0,2 % +28,3 PP EBIT was slightly negative at EUR -1 million (previous year: EUR -80 million). Segment Traffic Management. Revenues increased by 1% to EUR 106 million. This was due in particular to the operations business, which grew by 15%. The largest contribution to revenues was made by the EMEA region with EUR 64 million. In total, this region recorded an increase of 9%. In the Americas region, revenues declined by 10% to EUR 39 million, and in the APAC region, they remained constant at EUR 3 million. Results Traffic Management Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million H1 2020/21 H1 2021/22 +/- Umsatz 104,9 106,0 +1,1 % EBIT -9,3 6,5 n.a.    EBIT-Marge -8,9 % 6,1 % +15,0 PP EBIT was positive at EUR 7 million (previous year: EUR -9 million). The EBIT margin was 6% (previous year: ‑9%). Outlook. For the financial year 2021/22, management expects a year-on-year increase in revenues. However, the previously targeted +10% currently appears out of reach. As long as the market environment remains so challenging due to COVID and new business momentum does not increase, double-digit growth rates will be a challenge. Of course, the lower revenue expectation also affects profitability. However, Kapsch TrafficCom cannot further reduce the Group's cost base in the short term without the risk of not being able to take advantage of upcoming growth impulses due to a lack of resources. Thus, until revenues pick up again, the company is in a phase of low profitability. EBIT in financial year 2021/22 (including special items) is expected to be below the previously forecast 3% (but positive). The report on the first three quarters of 2021/22 are scheduled to be available today, from 7:35 a.m. (CET), at: www.kapsch.net/ktc/IR

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  • 20. January 2022
    Kapsch TrafficCom appoints Ramón Martinez as the new Vice President for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

    Martinez succeeds Juan Zamakona who is leaving Latin America to join the Kapsch team in Europe. Since Kapsch came to Mexico with the acquisition of Simex, Zamakona has managed the transition, positioning Kapsch as a leading provider of toll, electronic toll and mobility technology in this region. "I would like to thank Juan for his great commitment during his assignment in the region over the years and wish him success in his new role and professional challenge" , says Rivas.  Kapsch has great expectations for growth in the region, both in the toll sector and in urban mobility. Its advanced SmartToll tolling system has been successfully implemented in recent projects in both Mexico and Costa Rica, and the intention is to have the opportunity to upgrade all legacy systems installed or operated by Kapsch in the region to SmartToll. Ramón Martinez expresses his enthusiasm and indicates that he will have a strong focus on customer satisfaction: "I am very excited about this new challenge, as this is a company whose innovative technologies can effectively meet the needs of our cities and highways to provide a better experience for citizens. My goal is to follow up on Kapsch's success in my sub-region, always keeping the customer at the centre so that we can be their best partners in tolling and mobility management.”

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  • 11. January 2022
    Free-flow tolling to become available for New Hampshire drivers

    System integrator Kapsch TrafficCom to convert existing toll zones with all-electronic option. (Duluth, GA – January 11, 2022) The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has selected Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) to convert three remaining NHDOT toll zones to mainline all-electronic tolling (AET) from mixed-mode payment. This project extends Kapsch’s work scope initially contracted in 2015, in which Kapsch converted NHDOT toll sites at Hampton and Hooksett to provide a free-flow AET option at those toll plazas. The sites Kapsch will convert to AET are at Dover, Rochester, and Bedford, and will each feature single-gantry architecture that contains all tolling equipment. The Kapsch nVDC stereoscopic video sensor will trigger license plate reading (ALPR) cameras while supporting vehicle detection and classification, along with sensors and in-pavement treadles. The Kapsch VRX camera will facilitate video tolling for vehicles that do not have a toll transponder. Drivers will no longer need to stop, slow down, or change lanes at any point along these five sites in order to pay tolls, which will help improve traffic congestion, road safety, and vehicle emissions. As part of the project, Kapsch will also enhance its existing multiprotocol readers (MPR2.3) along NHDOT toll sites, enabling the agency to process all tolling protocols and support the goal of national tolling interoperability. Kapsch is a leading provider of electronic toll collection systems throughout the world, and has provided products and services to NHDOT through the E-ZPass Group since 2005. JB Kendrick, President of Kapsch TrafficCom North America, states: “The introduction of new free-flow traffic lanes at all NHDOT toll sites will offer drivers increased convenience and faster journeys, and we are glad to partner with NHDOT in this effort by expanding our proven AET solution at all the plaza locations.” 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 approximately EUR 500 million.  

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  • 21. December 2021
    Ruta Nogales Puchuncaví will have the latest in toll technology

    Santiago, Chile, December 21, 2021 – New system allows combination of conventional and Free Flow tolling for a better user experience. A new electronic toll system will be installed on a 27 km stretch of the route through the Valparaíso region in Chile's central valley. Kapsch TrafficCom, a leading global toll technology and mobility management company, has been awarded the contract to implement its SmartToll system by Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Camino Nogales-Puchuncaví S.A. (Canopsa) of the company Aleatica. This will bring state-of-the-art toll collection to the market.  The project consists of an innovative system that combines traditional plazas with the Multi-Lane Free-Flow (MLFF) system. This offers a more flexible experience to highway users, who have different payment options and the possibility of reducing their travel time. According to Felipe Darrigrande, Country Manager of Kapsch TrafficCom in Chile, “this project is particularly interesting because of the combination of technologies that will result in a better end user experience, and also because it is the first implementation of our SmartToll system in Chile.” Within this project, Kapsch is responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of the end-to-end toll collection system. This also includes the Back Office systems for the electronic toll collection, the Operational Back Office and the Commercial Back Office and Customer Service Center. Paulo Cezar de Souza, Project Manager and Technical Director of Aleatica Labs, states that “Aleatica is an globally active, intelligent transportation infrastructure operation company with the user at the center of its operations. The installation of this type of system is an example of how innovation and technology improve the user experience, offering greater efficiency in traffic flow.” Innovative systems for a better user experience The free-flow tolling system of Kapsch TrafficCom has been successfully implemented around the world. Thanks to the company's focus on R&D, the system installed in Chile is capable of the detection of double wheels on the rear axle with gantry-based sensors. Together with its axle detection and classification system, this allows categorizing vehicles to be charged according to the respective rate. The gantry-based sensors also allow greater safety for vehicles and for maintenance personnel, since no road blocks are required for system meintenance.

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  • 20. December 2021
    Poland Joins European Toll Service Network by Tolltickets

    Vienna, December 20, 2021  – 1.2   million trucks save time with new on-board unit. Tolling services provider Tolltickets launches its services in Poland. From December 1 st , Tolltickets users will be able to drive from Gdańsk to Ghent with one single on-board device and one single invoice, saving time and making the lives of drivers easier. With more than 1.2 million trucks having to pay tolls – 55% of which are registered in a foreign country – Poland is both an important transit country and one of Europe’s leading distribution hubs. The addition of Poland to Tolltickets’ portfolio also complements its broad coverage in critical European logistics centres – Quentin Couret, COO of Tolltickets, comments: “ By successfully adding Poland to our growing list of countries, we are delighted to be able to cover the strategically important East to West corridor through Germany, in addition to our existing North to South corridor through Hungary and Bulgaria”.   Jan Kersten, Managing Director at Tolltickets concludes: “ Tolltickets has once again proven its ability to react to a major change in a tolling system in a record time. With our supplies of on-board units on stock, we are ready to provide effective solutions for our partners supporting heavy vehicle fleets across Europe” . Following swiftly on from its recent extension to Belgium and the Scandinavian countries, Tolltickets Poland becomes an important country as part of its rapidly expanding EETS (European Electronic Toll Service) coverage.

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  • 25. November 2021
    Driving across Europe is becoming easier

    Vienna, 25 November 2021  – tolltickets adds 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 will begin the pilot phase, meaning partners and customers will soon 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 will soon be able to 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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  • 18. November 2021
    Kapsch TrafficCom – Results for the first half of 2021/22

    Highlights. Earnings positive again, revenues at previous year‘s level. EBIT of both segments positive. Stable gearing. Guidance 2021/22: Revenues up by approximately 10% to around EUR 550 million, EBIT margin of around 3%. “I am glad to see that the restructuring measures are having an effect. However, the Group continues to feel the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. Therefore, the main focus in the second half of the year will be on maintaining cost discipline and acquiring new business. However, I am convinced that we have not only put the most difficult phase behind us, but also used it to make the Group leaner, more flexible, more agile, and better aligned to future opportunities,“ says Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million H1 2020/21 H1 2021/22 +/- Revenues 25.5 255.2 -0.9 % EBIT -57.8 10.6 >100 %    EBIT margin -22.5 % 4.2 % 26.6 PP Result for the period attributable to equity holders -54.0 3.0 >100 % Earnings per share (EUR) -4.15 0.23 € +4.38 Vienna, November   18, 2021 – Kapsch TrafficCom generated a positive operating result (EBIT) of EUR 11 million in the first half of the current financial year, compared to a negative EBIT of EUR -58 million on approximately the same revenues in the first half of the previous financial year. In the first half of 2021/22, special effects amounting to EUR ‑4 million (previous year: EUR -59 million) had an impact on EBIT. Compared to the first half of the last financial year, the EBIT margin increased by around 27 percentage points to 4%. It was right and important to reduce the company's cost base significantly and sustainably, especially as the Group continues to clearly feel the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. New business momentum was persistently low, especially in the implementation business, due to a lack of sufficient market opportunities. The components business suffered from shortages of electronic components, which meant that existing demand could not be met as desired. In some markets, on the other hand, demand continued to be lower. The financial result amounted to EUR -3 million (previous year: EUR -8 million). Tax expenses amounted to EUR 2 million (previous year: tax income of EUR 11 million). The result for the period attributable to shareholders amounted to EUR 3 million (previous year: EUR -54 million), corresponding to earnings per share of EUR 0.23 (previous year: EUR -4.15). Free cash flow amounted to EUR -1 million in the first half of 2021/22 (previous year: EUR -30 million). Therefore, net debt increased slightly to EUR -174 million since the last reporting date (March 31, 2021: EUR -170 million). The gearing remained constant at 200%. The partial repayment of the promissory note bond and a bank loan totaling EUR 49 million from own funds had a balance sheet-reducing effect in the first quarter. Total assets amounted to EUR 553 million as of September 30, 2021 (March 31, 2021: EUR 593 million). The equity ratio increased from 14% to 16% in the first half of 2021/22.   Segment results for the first half of 2021/22. 71% of revenues were generated by the tolling segment and 29% by the traffic management segment. 57% of revenues were generated in the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region, 39% in the Americas region (North, Central and South America) and 4% the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Tolling segment. Sales decreased by 5% to EUR 181 million. Declines in the implementation business of 42% and in the components business of 9% were not offset by 23% higher revenues in the operations business.  The EMEA region made the largest contribution to revenues with EUR 101 million. In total, this region recorded a growth of 7%. In the Americas region, revenues declined by 16% to EUR 71 million. In the APAC region, revenues decreased by EUR 2 million to EUR 9 million. Tolling segment. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million H1 2020/21 H1 2021/22 +/- Revenues 190.6 181.0 -5.0 % EBIT -52.1 1.3 >100 %    EBIT margin -27.3 % 0.7 % 28.1 PP EBIT was positive at EUR 1 million (previous year: EUR -52 million). The EBIT margin was 1% (previous year: ‑27%).  Segment Traffic Management. Revenues increased by 11% to EUR 74 million. This was due in particular to the operations business, which grew by 21%.  The largest contribution to revenues was made by the EMEA region with EUR 44 million. In total, this region recorded an increase of 24%. In the Americas region, revenues declined by 3% to EUR 28 million. In the APAC region, revenues decreased by EUR 0.4 million to EUR 2 million.  Traffic Management segment. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million H1 2020/21 H1 2021/22 +/- Revenues 66.9 74.1 +10.8 % EBIT -5.7 9.3 >100 %    EBIT margin -8.6 % 12.6 % 21.1 PP EBIT was positive at EUR 9 million (previous year: EUR -6 million). The EBIT margin was 13% (previous year: ‑9%). Outlook. Management forecasts revenues to increase by approximately 10% to around EUR 550 million in financial year 2021/22. The company expects growth in North America as well as a continued recovery in the components business. This should compensate for the expiry of the operations projects in Poland at the end of the second quarter and in the third quarter. The EBIT margin is expected to be in the region of 3%. In addition to maintaining cost discipline, the main focus in the second half of the year will be on acquiring new business. Management expects the most important economies to further stabilize as COVID vaccination coverage rates increase. This is the basis for higher market momentum. It is not possible to say exactly when a significant recovery can be expected on a broad basis. Until then, however, the Group expects the market situation to improve. The report on the first half of 2021/22 as well as further materials on the results are scheduled to be available today, from 7:35 a.m. (CET), at: www.kapsch.net/en/ktc/IR

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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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  • 20. October 2021
    COO André Laux to leave the Executive Board

    The Supervisory Board of Kapsch TrafficCom AG has mutually agreed with André Laux, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, on an early termination of his mandate as a member of the Executive Board, which runs until 2024. Georg Kapsch (CEO) takes over the sales agendas from Mr. Laux and will thus be responsible for all sales regions. Andreas Hämmerle (CFO) is additionally responsible for supply chain management including manufacturing. With immediate effect, the Executive Board of Kapsch TrafficCom consists of Georg Kapsch (CEO), Andreas Hämmerle (CFO), and Alfredo Escribá (CTO).

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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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