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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
Sandra Bijelic

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

+43 50 811 1720sandra.bijelic@kapsch.net
27. October 2021
Study: Road congestion costs South American cities billions

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

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.

Ruta Uno tolls in Costa Rica will have Kapsch TrafficCom’s technology

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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: Further information on the AGM is here:

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11. August 2021
Kapsch TrafficCom – Results for the first quarter 2021/22.

Headlines. „Following a difficult phase, we have managed to ring in a visible turnaround. Looking back on the last two years, I am convinced that the main restructuring measures are already behind us and that we will finish the 2021/22 financial year with a profit again“, says Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1 2020/21 Q1 2021/22 +/- Revenues 138.5 126.8 -8.4% EBIT -11.3 6.6 > 100%    EBIT margin -8.2% 5.2% 13.4%p Result for the period attributable to equity holders -10.0 3.2 > 100% Earnings per share (EUR) -0.77 0.24 > 100% Vienna, August 11, 2021 – Even though revenues of EUR 127 million were relatively low, we were able to conclude the first quarter with a profit. Operating result (earnings before interest and taxes, EBIT) achieved EUR 7 million (previous year: EUR ‑11 million), while the earnings attributable to the shareholders were EUR 3 million (previous year: EUR ‑10 million). This corresponds to earnings per share of EUR 0.24 (previous year: EUR ‑0.77). The financial result was EUR -2 million (Previous year: EUR -1 million). More than half of this was the result of unrealized foreign exchange losses. As arranged, partial repayments of the promissory note bond and a bank loan in the total amount of EUR 49 million were made in June. Since the company had managed to increase the cash reserves in the months prior, these repayments were made using own funds. This effect of this asset/liability exchange was to reduce the balance sheet. On June 30, 2021, the balance sheet total was EUR 552 million (March 31, 2021: EUR 593 million). The positive quarterly result and the lower balance sheet total made the equity ratio increase to 16% (March 31, 2021: 14%). The reduction in trade payables was the main reason for the negative free cash flow of EUR -11 million in the first quarter (previous year: EUR -27 million). Consequently, the net debt went up to EUR 181 million (March 31, 2021: EUR 170 million). As of June 30, Kapsch TrafficCom employed 4,538 people (March 31, 2021: 4,657). Segment results. In Q1 2021/22, the Tolling segment contributed 71% to the total revenues, and the Traffic Management segment 29%. 56% of revenues were generated in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, 40% in the Americas region (North, Central, and South America), and 5% in the Asia-Pacific region. Tolling segment. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1 2020/21 Q1 2021/22 +/- Revenues 106.0 89.6 -15.4% EBIT -8.9 3.1 > 100%    EBIT margin -8.4% 3.5% 11.9%p In Q1 2021/22, revenues in the Tolling segment amounted to EUR 90 million (-15%). EBIT reached EUR 3 million (previous year: EUR ‑9 million). EBIT margin was at 4% (previous year: -8%). Kapsch TrafficCom sold 2.0 million on-board units in the first quarter 2021/22 (previous year: 2.9 million). Traffic Management segment. Unless otherwise stated, all values in EUR million Q1 2020/21 Q1 2021/22 +/- Revenues 32.5 37.2 14.4% EBIT -2.5 3.4 > 100%    EBIT margin -7.6% 9.2% 16.8%p In Q1 2021/22, revenues in the Traffic Management segment amounted to EUR 37 million (+14%). EBIT was at EUR 3 million and thus better than the figure of the previous year (EUR ‑2 million). The highlights report of the first quarter 2020/21 as well as further materials will be available at www.kapsch.net/en/ktc/IR from today, not before 7:35 a.m. (CEST).

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