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17. December 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom continues to strengthen footprint in Latin America.

Toll systems in Mexico and Ecuador First ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) delivery in Columbia Vienna. December 17, 2020 – With a strong track record in the areas of tolling and smart urban mobility in the region, Kapsch TrafficCom has been successful with new tolling and advanced traffic management solutions for tunnels and highways in recent months. In Mexico, Kapsch has been awarded a contract to implement an electronic toll collection system for the “MRO Paquete Noreste” highways in the country’s northeastern region. This is one of the busiest highway networks in the country. Kapsch’s SmartTOLL™ solution will upgrade the current system over a distance of 350 km with twelve plazas and 64 lanes. Eliminating cash payments and implementing electronic toll collection has been a growing trend in Latin America, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it ensures safer and faster transit. In Ecuador’s capital of Quito, the country’s first Multi-Lane Free-Flow (MLFF) toll collection system went operational in November. In partnership with a local company, Kapsch was in charge of the supply and installation of the toll gantry equipment on one of the main access routes to the city as well as the operational back office. The new toll system replaces toll plazas. They were causing heavy congestion at the Guayasamin Tunnel during rush hours, as drivers had the option to stop and pay the toll charges in cash. The new four-lane free-flow toll gantry is also reversible, allowing for changes in traffic direction according to the current demand. In Colombia, Kapsch has been operating successfully for three years, winning several significant toll and ITS projects. In September, the company celebrated its first ITS delivery. In Medellín, the country’s second largest city, the advanced traffic management system DYNAC® ensures state-of-the-art security in two 460-meter-long tunnels that were built as part of a substantial urban transformation project, Parques del Rio. The system collects real-time traffic data and delivers it to the control centers, allowing operators to detect and respond to congestion, incidents, and emergency situations. The information can then be quickly disseminated so that drivers can make informed travel decisions. Additionally, Kapsch has recently been awarded the implementation of the DYNAC and SmartTOLL systems for Colombia’s new Río Magdalena Highway. The company is responsible for the supply, installation, configuration and commissioning of the electronic equipment and software of the ITS system on one of four road sections. Furthermore, Kapsch will be installing three toll plazas along the highway with both cash-only lanes and lanes for cash and electronic payments. 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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3. December 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom continues to expand tolling services in Europe via new partnership with Ford.

Subsidiary tolltickets will provide services to Ford’s new Marketplace feature This partnership with a leading car manufacturer is an important milestone for Kapsch’s tolling services Rosenheim/Vienna. December 3, 2020 – The German toll services provider tolltickets, a 100% subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom, will expand its current footprint by providing integrated tolling services for partner companies. Kapsch TrafficCom, via its subsidiary tolltickets, is proud to support the launch of Ford’s new Marketplace feature by providing Ford customers access to tolltickets’ tolling services. Part of FordPass Pro, a smartphone app for small businesses, Marketplace services are available to fleets of up to five vehicles. Alongside the app’s remote control and convenience features, owners can now browse details of available partnerships and offers and simply tap through to sign up with a partner or to find out more. Among the three Marketplace partnerships that were launched, tolltickets enables vehicle owners to subscribe and pre-pay for a wide variety of tolling solutions. Benefits include savings on standard tariffs, ease of transit across the various countries covered by tolltickets, and reduced administration overhead thanks to single-supplier monthly billing for the entire fleet. “The launch of this cooperation with Ford marks a milestone for us”, explains Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. “The tolling market will change fundamentally in the coming years and we are seeing a continuous transition to app-based solutions. For Kapsch, business-to-business partnerships will be increasingly important for offering integrated services to end users. That is why I am really proud that a renowned car manufacturer like Ford is relying on the know-how of tolltickets in delivering tolling services. This partnership is a success in our new strategy of expanding our existing core business areas of tolling and traffic management with tolling services and demand management.” 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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18. November 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom – Results for the first half of 2020/21.

Highlights. Special factors strain the EBIT: Adjustments of project margins and provisions for onerous contracts: EUR -32 million Goodwill impairment: EUR -21 million Negative currency impacts: EUR -6 million   Impacts of COVID-19 on business: Significant decrease in business with on-board units Increased delays in tenders and contract awards Visibility relating to new business decreased significantly “It pains me to see the company I built with my team, practically from the ground up, in this state after continuous upward development over the past 20 years. What is clear is how important it was to start up a program, before the summer, to both define short-term cost reduction measures and create a basis for sustainable growth,“, says Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million H1 2019/20 H1 2020/21 +/- Revenues 359.2  257.5 -28.3 % EBIT 8.8  -57.8 > -100 % EBIT margin 2.4 %  -22.5 % -24.9 % Result for the period attributable to equity holders 2.3 -54.0 > -100 % Earnings per share (EUR) 0.10 -4.15 > -100 % Vienna, November 18, 2020  – In the first half of the current financial year, revenues reached EUR 257 million (-28%). A major reason for the reduction in revenues is, that some major toll projects ended which contributed EUR 64 million in the first half of 2019/20. These projects comprise the early terminated toll projects in Germany, the expired contract of the nation-wide toll system in the Czech Republic and the concluded implementation of the toll system in Bulgaria. The loss of these high-revenue projects could not be compensated by new business in the first half of the current financial year. The delays of tenders and contract awards due to COVID-19 play a major part in this. The earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were negative at EUR -58 million (previous year: EUR 9 million). The EBIT margin was thus -22% (previous year: 2%). There are several reasons for the negative development of the EBIT in the first half of 2020/21, the most significant are as follows: Impairments of non-current assets: Based on updated estimates Kapsch TrafficCom critically reviewed the recoverability of non-current assets. Consequently impairments of goodwill amounting to EUR 21 million and of further intangible assets amounting to EUR 3 million have been made.   Adjustments of project margins and provisions for onerous contracts: For several projects, especially in North America, project margins were adjusted and provisions for onerous contracts were recorded. This had a negative impact of around EUR 32 million on EBIT.   Impacts of COVID-19: Revenues in the profitable component business suffered severely as a result of lower traffic volumes. Also the implementation business was affected by delays or postponed tenders.   Operating currency effects: The operating currency effects (net) resulted in EUR -6 million (previous year: EUR +1 million) in the first half of the current financial year. This is mainly attributable to the exchange rates of the US dollar (USD) and the Swedish krona (SEK) against the euro (EUR). The financial result in the first half of 2020/21 amounted to EUR -8 million, about EUR 3 million less than in the previous year. Income taxes amounted to EUR 11 million (previous year: EUR -1 million). The result for the period attributable to equity holders in the first half of the current financial year decreased to EUR -54 million (previous year: EUR 2 million). This corresponds to earnings per share of EUR -4.15 (previous year: EUR 0.18). Free cash flow amounted to EUR -30 million and was thus significantly lower than in the comparable period of the previous year (EUR -18 million). While the free cash flow was strongly negative at EUR -27 million in the first quarter 2020/21 the negative amount in the second quarter could be reduced to EUR -3 million. Net debt reached EUR 213 million on September 30, 2020 (March 31, 2020: net debt of EUR 176 million). This corresponds to a gearing of 163%. The equity ratio was 21% (March 31, 2020: 25%). Segment results. In the first half of 2020/21, 74% of revenue was generated by the ETC segment and 26% by the IMS segment. 51% of revenue was generated in the region EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), 44% 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 H1 2019/20 H1 2020/21 +/- Revenues 281.2  190.6 -32.2 % EBIT 17.5  -52.1 > -100 % EBIT margin 6.2 %  -27.3 % -33.6 % In the first half of 2020/21, ETC revenues reached EUR 191 million (-32%). The above mentioned ended major projects were all related to the tolling segment in Europe. Consequently, revenues declined here by 43%. ETC-EBIT amounted to EUR -52 million (previous year: EUR 17 million) including a EUR 21 million impairment of goodwill. EBIT margin was at -27% (previous year: 6%).   IMS (Intelligent Mobility Solutions). Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million H1 2019/20 H1 2020/21 +/- Revenues 78.1  66.9 -14.3 % EBIT -5.7  -8.7 34.0 % EBIT margin -11.1 %  -8.6 % 2.6 % In the first half of 2020/21, segment revenues reached EUR 67 million. (-14%). The IMS EBIT was EUR -6 million and thus above the value of the previous year (EUR -9 million). A major reason for this is a decline in the cost of materials and other production services by 22%. The report of the first half of 2020/21 as well as further materials will be available at www.kapsch.net/ktc/ir/downloadcenter .

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17. November 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom – First MLFF (Multi lane free flow) toll in Ecuador has started operating in Quito.

Quito, November 17, 2020 – The first MLFF (Multi-Lane Free Flow) toll system to operate in Ecuador has just been installed with Kapsch TrafficCom’s technology on one of the main access routes to the country’s capital, Quito. This will improve mobility in the area by allowing electronic toll collection without drivers stopping to make toll payment. The Guayasamin Tunnel is on a road that connects many suburbs across the city’s north and northeast regions to downtown Quito, besides being one of the main access routes to the airport. This translates into a daily traffic flow of forty thousand vehicles. Allowing access to the tunnel, there used to be a toll plaza operating for many years, which caused long congestions at rush hours, as drivers had the option to stop at the barriers to pay the toll charges. The plaza has just been replaced with a four-lane bidirectional free flow toll gantry, so now all that drivers need to do is have a TAG associated to their vehicle to pass by without stopping. According to Emilio Rivas, Kapsch’s Vice President for Latin America, “the impact of this change will be very positive for the city, as drivers now travel at constant speed along the road and enjoy less travel time as well as a reduction of vehicles’ emissions in the area. Besides, in the current pandemic situation, a toll system that doesn’t require any contact also reduces the risk of new infections.” In a partnership with Procelec, a local company with a long tradition in Ecuador in the traffic and transportation sectors, Kapsch TrafficCom was in charge of the supply and installation of the MLFF toll gantry equipment, as well as the operational back office. The back office system has been developed to adapt to Ecuador’s business model and the multiple TAGs existing in its market. Kapsch’s technology for this project brings innovations such as a reversible gantry, allowing for changes in traffic direction according to traffic demand. This makes it easier to manage traffic flow at rush hours for instance, when most vehicles move at the same direction. Another feature is a mixed technology that enables detectors to read both passive TAGs (stickers) and active tags (transponders). 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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13. November 2020
State of the art safety in Sydney's new NorthConnex tunnel with Kapsch TrafficCom.

Australia’s deepest road tunnel opened to motorists on October 31 Kapsch provided Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) Melbourne. November 13, 2020 – Described by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “one of the most significant and eagerly anticipated road infrastructure projects ever delivered in Australia,” NorthConnex links the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills in Sidney’s north. The nine-kilometre twin tunnel will deliver significant benefits to local communities by easing congestion and removing up to 5,000 trucks per day from the notorious Pennant Hills Road. This will help improve safety, benefit local air quality, and reduce traffic noise. The electronically tolled tunnel will also significantly reduce travel times, as motorists are now able to travel from Newcastle to Melbourne without a single set of traffic lights. They will bypass 21 sets of traffic lights along Pennant Hills Road, and as alternative route to the city can bypass up to 40 sets on the Pacific Highway. NorthConnex commenced construction in June 2015 and has taken over 5 years to complete. Kapsch TrafficCom has provided the roadside tolling infrastructure, the truck regulatory monitoring infrastructure and the Advanced Traffic Management System, which is built upon Kapsch’s next-generation DYNAC® platform. This integrated software suite offers comprehensive road supervision, data analytics, and metrics and reporting that meet all management requirements for complex road setups. “This has been a first of its kind deployment for us”, explains Matthew McLeish, Executive Vice President Asia-Pacific at Kapsch TrafficCom. “For example, we delivered the most advanced set of automated Traffic Incident Detection and Queue Management System strategies in a tunnel environment to date. Furthermore, we deployed an NTCIP centre-to-centre interface between the NorthConnex facility, the New South Wales Regional Traffic Management agency and the neighbouring M2 Tunnel facility, which is the first of its kind allowing communication between multiple external systems.” Since the opening of the tunnel, the system has been in uninterrupted operation. “We are really proud that we have once again proven the reliability of our pioneering solutions in such a one-of-a-kind tunnel complex, also meeting unique traffic management, regulatory and environmental reporting requirements. Motorist, local communities and the environment will all benefit,” says Matthew McLeish. 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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5. November 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom Survey: 59 percent of Australians would leave their cars at home.

Corona alters transport patterns – experts advise grasping the opportunity Melbourne. November 5, 2020 – 59 percent of Australians are willing to limit car journeys to certain times in order to improve urban air quality. A majority of 63 percent are in favour of reducing traffic-related emissions by means of environment-friendly transport solutions. This was confirmed by the population-representative Kapsch TrafficCom Index 2020 survey in March of this year. Although a broad theoretical consensus already existed among the population, practice during the Corona crisis is proving to be at odds with expectations: Passenger numbers on local public transport have fallen dramatically and switching to electric cars remains the exception. On the other hand, we are seeing a sharp increase in switching to bicycles and e-bikes. Mobility experts advise exploiting this window of opportunity to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement by means of specific action. “Cities across Australia have reacted swiftly during the Corona crisis by creating more space for cyclists and pedestrians to enable social distancing,” says David Bolt, VP Sales & Solution Consulting Kapsch TrafficCom. “In Melbourne, for example, the city has fast-tracked some 40 kilometres of bike lanes within the CBD. This has been a real success story, but it is only a question of time before the numbers of cars on the road increase again. And on the grounds of the current COVID-19 situation, many people will continue to avoid public transport whenever they can.” Those responsible should therefore grasp the opportunity existing now to get things back on the right track. Digitally integrated systems have proven in practice to be very effective here. Mobility can be managed effectively throughout the year despite rising car traffic volumes and without letting CO2 emissions return to pre-crisis levels Developing Smart Cities requires Smart Partnerships. Kapsch is working together with Melbourne University and the Department of Transport (Victoria) on a number of projects within the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) environment – a world-first living laboratory based on the streets of Melbourne. “This testbed was established to test highly integrated transport technology with the goal to deliver safer, cleaner, and more sustainable urban transport outcomes,” explains David Bolt. “We focus on how everyday citizens can move around smarter and safer in a multi-modal environment by identifying common problems and how to alleviate these using the latest urban mobility technology.” Real-time traffic data key to further improvements. Two applications within this mobility hub are the modular and highly scalable Kapsch solutions ‘Smart Intersections’ and ‘Intelligent Corridors’. They focus on a view to change the habits of how people move in a network and to provide operators increased situational awareness, so they can better prepare their network in real-time and make better decisions in the future. As David Bolt explains, “real-time traffic data is key to a smart and sustainable traffic management. Our integrated EcoTrafiX™ software platform is the centre of the corridor management, assisting various agencies to manage and coordinate congestion and events in a coordinated fashion, taking into account the various agencies rules and ownership. By doing so, traffic flows and urban mobility covering all modes of transport are continuously optimized. People and the environment both benefit as a result.”  

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2. November 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom has sold its interest in Fluidtime Data Services (“Fluidtime”).

Kapsch TrafficCom verkaufte die 75,5 Prozentbeteiligung an Fluidtime (Österreich) an das Management dieser Gesellschaft. Die Transaktion erfolgte zum 1. November 2020. In Zukunft werden beide Unternehmen eigene Strategien verfolgen; gemeinsame Kunden werden aber durch eine Vertriebspartnerschaft betreut. Damit können Kapsch TrafficCom und Fluidtime weiterhin innovative Lösungen im Bereich Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in Kombination mit Verkehrsmanagement-Lösungen anbieten. Nach der Übernahme der restlichen Anteile an tolltickets (Deutschland) mit 1. Oktober 2020 ist die aktuelle Transaktion ein weiterer Schritt von Kapsch TrafficCom zur Fokussierung auf strategische Geschäftsfelder. Kapsch TrafficCom ist ein weltweit anerkannter Anbieter von Verkehrslösungen für eine nachhaltige Mobilität. Innovative Lösungen in den Anwendungsbereichen Maut, Mautdienstleistungen, Verkehrsmanagement und Nachfragemanagement tragen zu einer gesünderen Welt ohne Staus bei. Kapsch hat in mehr als 50 Ländern rund um den Globus erfolgreich Projekte umgesetzt. Mit One-Stop-Lösungen deckt das Unternehmen die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette der Kunden ab, von Komponenten über Design bis zu der Implementierung und dem Betrieb von Systemen. Als Teil der Kapsch Group, mit Hauptsitz in Wien, verfügt Kapsch TrafficCom über Tochtergesellschaften und Niederlassungen in mehr als 30 Ländern und ist seit 2007 im Segment Prime Market der Wiener Börse (Symbol: KTCG) notiert. Im Geschäftsjahr 2019/20 erwirtschafteten rund 5.100 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter einen Umsatz von 731,2 Mio. EUR.

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29. October 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom Survey: 62 percent of Austrians would leave their cars at home.

Corona alters transport patterns – experts advise grasping the opportunity Vienna. October 29, 2020 – 62 percent of Austrian citizens are willing to limit car journeys to certain times in order to improve urban air quality. A vast majority of 86 percent are in favor of reducing traffic-related emissions by means of environment-friendly transport solutions. This was confirmed by the population-representative Kapsch TrafficCom Index 2020 survey in March of this year. Although a broad theoretical consensus already existed among the population, practice during the Corona crisis is proving to be at odds with expectations: Passenger numbers on local public transport have fallen dramatically and switching to electric cars remains the exception. On the other hand, we are seeing a sharp increase in switching to bicycles and e-bikes. Mobility experts advise exploiting this window of opportunity to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement by means of specific action. “The public authorities of many large cities throughout Europe have reacted swiftly during the pandemic and created more space for cyclists and pedestrians,” says Michael Ganser, Vice President Solution Consulting at Kapsch TrafficCom. “In order to maintain social distancing, cycle lanes have been widened and even new cycle routes have been set up in what has been a real success story. For the winter months, however, it is only a question of time before the numbers of cars on the road increase again. On the grounds of the current COVID-19 situation, many people will continue to avoid public transport whenever they can.” Those responsible should therefore grasp the opportunity existing now to get things back on the right track. Digitally integrated systems have proven in practice to be very effective here. Mobility can be managed effectively throughout the year despite rising car traffic volumes and without letting CO2 emissions return to pre-crisis levels. Smart city Madrid shows how this can work. Madrid has already demonstrated how this is possible. In order to fundamentally reduce traffic jams and airborne pollutants, the Spanish capital has implemented an intelligent mobility system developed by Kapsch. “An important component of this solution is a system of adaptive traffic light management which automatically adjusts to reflect the current traffic situation,” Ganser explains. This alone has enabled jams to be reduced by approximately 20 percent and emissions by around ten percent. “The key to even more free-flowing and therefore economically efficient traffic management lies in the use of anonymized vehicle data which are integrated into the traffic management network.” To this end, Kapsch has added over 200 permanent traffic measurement units to the existing network capturing traffic data on Madrid’s roads. Real-time traffic data are the key to further analyses and improvements. The Madrid authorities obtain an accurate overview of the current traffic situation based on comprehensive mobility data captured about pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike riders and car drivers. “These measurements are supplemented with data from other sources, such as local public transport providers and the police, before being integrated into and analyzed by our EcoTrafiX™ software platform,” Ganser adds. “This not only allows the municipal authorities to respond immediately to accidents and traffic jams; These data also enable the city to manage traffic flows and to continuously optimize urban mobility covering all modes of transport. People and the environment both benefit as a result.”  

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29. October 2020
Kapsch TrafficCom Survey: 62 percent of Germans would leave their cars at home.

Corona alters transport patterns – experts advise grasping the opportunity Berlin. October 29, 2020 – 62 percent of German citizens are willing to limit car journeys to certain times in order to improve urban air quality. A vast majority of 87 percent are in favor of reducing traffic-related emissions by means of environment-friendly transport solutions. This was confirmed by the population-representative Kapsch TrafficCom Index 2020 survey in March of this year. Although a broad theoretical consensus already existed among the population, practice during the Corona crisis is proving to be at odds with expectations: Passenger numbers on local public transport have fallen dramatically and switching to electric cars remains the exception. On the other hand, we are seeing a sharp increase in switching to bicycles and e-bikes. Mobility experts advise exploiting this window of opportunity to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement by means of specific action. “The road agencies of many large cities have reacted swiftly during the pandemic and created more space for cyclists and pedestrians,” says Michael Ganser, Vice President Solution Consulting at Kapsch TrafficCom. “In order to maintain social distancing, cycle lanes have been widened and even new cycle routes have been set up in what has been a real success story. For the winter months, however, it is only a question of time before the numbers of cars on the road increase again. On the grounds of the current COVID-19 situation, many people will continue to avoid public transport whenever they can.” Those responsible should therefore grasp the opportunity existing now to get things back on the right track. Digitally integrated systems have proven in practice to be very effective here. Mobility can be managed effectively throughout the year despite rising car traffic volumes and without letting CO2 emissions return to pre-crisis levels. Smart city Madrid shows how this can work. Madrid has already demonstrated how this is possible. In order to fundamentally reduce traffic jams and airborne pollutants, the Spanish capital has implemented an intelligent mobility system developed by Kapsch. “An important component of this solution is a system of adaptive traffic light management which automatically adjusts to reflect the current traffic situation,” Ganser explains. This alone has enabled jams to be reduced by approximately 20 percent and emissions by around ten percent. “The key to even more free-flowing and therefore economically efficient traffic management lies in the use of anonymized vehicle data which are integrated into the traffic management network.” To this end, Kapsch has added over 200 permanent traffic measurement units to the existing network capturing traffic data on Madrid’s roads. Real-time traffic data are the key to further analyses and improvements. The Madrid authorities obtain an accurate overview of the current traffic situation based on comprehensive mobility data captured about pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike riders and car drivers. “These measurements are supplemented with data from other sources, such as local public transport providers and the police, before being integrated into and analyzed by our EcoTrafiX™ software platform,” Ganser adds. “This not only allows the municipal authorities to respond immediately to accidents and traffic jams; These data also enable the city to manage traffic flows and to continuously optimize urban mobility covering all modes of transport. People and the environment both benefit as a result.”  

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