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Carolin Treichl

Executive Vice President Marketing & Communications
Kapsch TrafficCom AG
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria

+43 50 811 1710carolin.treichl@kapsch.net
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 i…

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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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