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Carolin Treichl

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

+43 50 811
Sandra Bijelic

Head of Corporate Communications
Kapsch TrafficCom AG
Am Europlatz 2, 1120 Vienna, Austria

+43 50 811
30. November 2022
Sustainable gantry from Austria: wood beats metal

With the "Green Gantry", Kapsch TrafficCom introduces a gantry made from local and renewable resources with a positive carbon footprint.

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22. November 2022
France: Fewer emissions, fewer stops with new tolling system by Kapsch TrafficCom

Kapsch TrafficCom was awarded with the delivery of free flow gantries including hardware supply and related software by French highway concessionaire SAPN.

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14. November 2022
Pioneering technology for fairer and more sustainable road use charges – Kapsch TrafficCom

Pilot project of Kapsch TrafficCom and Aventi Intelligent Communication enables a completely new type of tolling for passenger cars.

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31. October 2022
Kapsch celebrates its 130th company anniversary

The technology company, now in its fourth generation of family management, can look back on a long and eventful history.

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16. September 2022
Kapsch TrafficCom and Microsec collaborate to improve safety and reduce congestion 

Vienna/Los Angeles, September   16, 2022   – Kapsch TrafficCom (KTC) and Microsec   Ltd. are announcing a new strategic collaboration. The partnership is geared towards delivering industry-leading secure digital services for the global transportation market. Its goal is to improve safety, reduce congestion and related emissions, and to support the advancement of automated vehicles. The collaboration focuses on comprehensive, modular, and secure connected corridor solutions to deliver trusted, reliable, and authenticated digital services. “Connected Vehicle Services and the connected transportation market are ready for operational programs which truly impact the safety of our transportation stakeholders,“ states Steve Sprouffske, VP Connected Vehicle Services at Kapsch TrafficCom. “With this new collaboration with Microsec, a Qualified Trust Service Provider (QTSP) with nearly 40   years of security service, we want to spur new growth at scale which delivers on the promise of Connected Vehicles.” “Kapsch TrafficCom is a recognized industry leader and integrating our commercially deployed and state-of-the-art V2X   PKI   solutions with their highly sought after connected roadside infrastructure and digital services is a real benefit to road operators as it simplifies procurement, integration, deployment and operations,” says Márton Hegedüs, CEO of Microsec. “V2X   communications is about delivering roadside safety and facilitating greater traffic efficiency, but it can’t function without the trust afforded by security credentials.” Collaboration details Integrating the diverse Traffic and Connected Vehicle Services portfolio of Kapsch TrafficCom with Microsec’s IEEE 1609.2.1 standards-based advanced V2X PKI security solutions for transportation creates a commercial-ready solution option for roadway operators to manage connected corridors securely. Delivering security services packaged with connected corridor solutions for highway and urban environments offers simplification, adaptability and scalability to roadway operators of any size. Kapsch TrafficCom and Microsec have already accomplished device level integration for the KTC RIS family of roadside platforms. As security solutions are not limited by region, Kapsch TrafficCom-Microsec is a non-exclusive venture and will jointly offer integrated solutions for Europe, North America and APAC markets. The goal is to leverage ETSI and OmniAir certifications to deliver Cooperative ITS Credential Management System (CCMS) and Secure Credential Management System (SCMS) capabilities for ITS-G5 and C-V2X based communications, respectively. Further integrations with physical and digital products are expected in the near future and will roll out by region. Find out more  Meet with the Kapsch TrafficCom team in booth #1853 at ITS World Congress being held in Los Angeles, California from September 18-22 where Connected Vehicle Services, Demand Management and Orchestrated Connected Corridor are ushering in a new age of digital infrastructure and transportations services.

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13. September 2022
Kapsch TrafficCom Receives Full System Acceptance for Express Lanes Tolling System on Popular SoCal Highways 

Vienna/Austin, September   13, 2022   – Interstate   15 & State Route   91, highways that runs through one of the most congested regions of the world, experience a state-of-the-art All-Electronic-Tolling (AET) express lanes System. Riverside County drivers on the busy I-15 highway, which connects the US-Canadian border with Las Vegas and Southern California, and SR-91, which runs through several regions of the Greater Los Angeles area, experience an improved drive and reduced congestion by using the barrier-free express lanes system. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) contracted with Kapsch TrafficCom to provide the end-to-end solution. “Our solution has helped RCTC to reduce congestion on the corridor, and to improve end-user experiences based on consistent and highly responsive services. Other key benefits are the ability to incentivize ride sharing to further reduce traffic while collecting revenue to meet the financial obligations of the I-15   Express Lane project” , comments JB Kendrick, President at Kapsch TrafficCom USA, Inc. End-to-end project acceptance awarded August 23rd After completion of a number of project milestones, including the opening of the 15 Express Lanes and the customer service center in 2021, the final project acceptance was received, certifiying that Kapsch TrafficCom was able to meet all performance and contractual requirements for the project and continue the five year partnership to operate & maintain the RCTC Express Lanes system. The two tolled express lanes incorporate eight toll points on the I-15 Express Lanes and four on the SR-91 Express Lanes in Riverside County. Kapsch TrafficCom also delivered 15 variable message signs (on the roadside), 27 CCTV cameras for enforcement, and 39 microwave vehicle detectors. The solution includes the 15 Express Lanes back-office system,dynamic pricing, image review, a customer contact center, and collections enforcement.Kapsch also provides the operations and maintenance functions for the express lanes and staffs and operates the traffic operations center and customer service center. Learn more at IBTTA 2022 Kapsch TrafficCom is excited to share more info on the project at this year’s IBTTA event in Austin, Texas from September 17-20. If you want to find out more about the project and other innovative tolling projects for Express Lanes or Road User Charging and Demand Management that Kapsch TrafficCom is working on, come by booth 413-415, or go to Tolling Transformation to see our revolutionary ideas on the future of tolling!

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12. September 2022
Presenting the World’s smartest traffic management system at ITS World Congress 2022 

Vienna/Los Angeles, September   12, 2022  – At this year’s ITS World Congress in LA, David   Bolt, VP   Sales and Solution Consulting for the APAC region, will provide an update on how the Kapsch   & AIMES Intelligent Corridor project is going and explain six defined use cases focused at congestion management and improving road safety. The project was launched by Kapsch TrafficCom in March of this year together with the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Transport (DOTVic) supported by a AUD 2 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant from the Federal Government. “Our idea is to use new and existing technology to provide effective 'change levers' to traffic operators, improving the transport network and the surrounding environment for all traffic participants,” David Bolt says ahead of his appearance at the ITS World Congress. Covering a 2.5 kilometer stretch of Nicholson Street between Alexandra and Victoria Parades, the Intelligent Corridor uses 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. 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. “The challenge is turning the mountain of data that is available into usable information. Our task is connecting the right data and focusing on usable outcomes to enable and inform operators. Based on those outcomes, a number of use cases can be identified that are actively impacting traffic participants,” David continues. The Kapsch Intelligent Corridor is part of the AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) network. AIMES 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 and receives support from the Victorian Department of Transport. If you want to learn more about the Intelligent Corridor, AIMES and how Kapsch TrafficCom is managing and transforming mobility data, visit David’s presentation in hall 406A on September 20 at 3pm or come by the Kapsch TrafficCom booth #1853.

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1. September 2022
Interview: Road user charging is promising, though questions remain, reports Gabriel Makki of Kapsch TrafficCom

Vienna, September   1, 2022   – The number of vehicles on the roads shows continued growth, while the cost of maintaining road infrastructure is increasing. At the same time, the new environmental protection and sustainability goals are forcing new mobility concepts. Question: How can tolling still have an impact in this challenging environment? Gabriel Makki : Traditionally, a toll was introduced as a means to recover the cost of building new road infrastructure and fund its ongoing maintenance. Tolling has also proven to be a powerful tool in shaping traffic to achieve set goals. Among those are for example maintaining throughput and reducing congestion and even emissions. This can be achieved by influencing road user behaviour both on motorways and in urban environments. A toll is in fact very effective in that regard as it inherently affects only those actually using the infrastructure. Question: What will tolling technology of the future look like? Gabriel Makki : It is difficult to generalize, because conditions vary between countries. However at the moment, we see that the more forward-looking clients seek to introduce tolling that supports true location and distance-based charging. Their advantage is not only greater flexibility in terms of charging based on actual road used and miles travelled, but they also require less roadside infrastructure. This is worthwhile both for long-term investments and for operating expenses – so it brings CAPEX and OPEX benefits. Question: How does road user charging fit into all this? Gabriel Makki : Electric vehicle, or EV, adoption promises increased transportation sustainability. But EVs also pose significant challenges for governments – especially in terms of funding infrastructure projects and maintaining existing road networks. This is because EVs will dramatically reduce revenues from fuel taxes in just a few years. One way that governments can address this growing hole in their budgets is to implement a new funding method known as road user charging, also called RUC. This considers the distance travelled by motorists in their vehicles, as well as the type and emissions status of vehicles, and applies charges accordingly. RUC is right now being tested in the field. We are involved in these exciting developments, currently rolling out an RUC proof of concept, in short PoC, based on Global Navigation Satellite System technology in Norway. This project gives us the opportunity to deploy our know-how and technology in this emerging domain. We look forward to sharing more on this RUC PoC in the near future. Question: Are there any roadblocks to rolling out distance-based charging technologies such as RUC? Gabriel Makki : When it comes to implementing RUC, there are usually some technical challenges to overcome and public acceptance to generate – for example, with regard to data privacy and the integrity of user data. However, many European countries have already implemented distance-based charging for heavy goods vehicles, in short HGVs. This means that many of the technical building blocks needed for a broader, light-vehicle solution are already available. We are also active in that field, for example with our recent HGV distance-based charging project in Bulgaria, which uses location data from a variety of sources, processed within our advanced Geo Location Platform, to calculate and apply vehicle charges accurately and reliably. Question: What do you think will be the next thing in the tolling space – what are we talking about in five years? Gabriel Makki : I think the tolling industry is very complex and diverse, but it is clear that any tolling solution needs to be flexible enough to adapt to new technologies, such as connected vehicle data, 5G, or data from end-users’ mobile devices. There is a lot of room for improvement and making smart use of data in that area, and I am excited to see how we are developing this space within Kapsch TrafficCom and the industry at large. If you want to learn more about how Kapsch TrafficCom continues to innovate in the tolling space, visit Tolling   Transformation .

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29. August 2022
Kapsch TrafficCom agrees to sell Spanish public transport business unit to Kontron 

Vienna, August   29, 2022   – The public transport business unit, bundled in the group company "Arce Mobility Solutions", is to be sold to the technology company Kontron. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. The agreed purchase price is in line with management expectations. The area of public transport is not part of the strategic core business of Kapsch TrafficCom, therefore the company has decided to sell this business unit. Kapsch TrafficCom acquired the transportation division of Schneider Electric in 2016. This included, among other things, activities in the area of public transport (in particular ticket vending machines and access control) in Spain. In fiscal year 2021/22, this division generated sales of around EUR 11.2 million and employed more than 115 people. For Kontron, the transaction represents a welcome opportunity to further expand the existing business of Kontron Transportation Group in the public transport segment. "Arce Mobility Solutions" will bring a complementary extension of Kontron's product portfolio, engineering capabilities and will also strengthen the Group's presence in the Iberian market, which is already covered by the rail segment.

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