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Private communications technology

Full automation of Austrian telecommunications was completed in 1972. The so-called ‘office technology’ remained a core business segment of Kapsch. In the highly competitive market of private branch exchanges, Kapsch maintained a strong position with large customers and public authorities, less so with small customers. The takeover of Schrack Business Com in 2001 brought about a significant competitive advantage: today’s Kapsch BusinessCom AG (KBC).

 
Relay System ‘Velox A‘

around 1960

This telephone switchboard was designed for a communication capacity of 2 to 9 subscribers and was thus especially suitable – according to the sales brochure – for medical practices, architects’ and attorneys’ offices, as well as hotels and department stores.


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Container with Motorized Dialing System

1975/1976

This motorized dialing system ‘60M’ – constructed as a container – was used as a private branch exchange, first during the construction of the ORF center in Vienna and then in 1976 during the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck for communication activities of sports reporters. It was used by ORF as well as by the US television broadcaster ABC.

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First Austrian Video Conference Studio

1985, Photograph

Kapsch installed the first video conference studio on behalf of the Austrian postal services.


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‘DataStar‘ at ORF

1985, Photograph

In the 1980s ‘DataStar‘ was Austria’s largest digital Business Communications System (BCS) for the transmission of voice, data, text and characters, offering a variety of applications. It was especially suitable for large companies such as the ORF center.

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Trade Fair Booth in Brno

1990, Photograph

‘Stars‘ in the former Eastern Bloc: Amongst others, Kapsch presented the communication system ‘TeamStar‘, the extension system ‘DataStar Meridian‘ as well as the C-network car and mobile telephone ‘MobileStar‘.

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Subway Control Center

1990, Photograph

The Karlsplatz control center of the Vienna subway was also based on the ‘DataStar‘ communication system.


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The Pilsen Brewery

1991, Photograph

Political changes in Eastern Europe opened up a new market in the fields of telecommunications and IT. Kapsch seized this opportunity and founded branches in Budapest, Warsaw and Prague in 1991. One of the first projects in CEE was equipping the Pilsen brewery with an infrastructure for in-house communication. Kapsch BusinessCom AG (KBC) emerged from this business sector of private branch exchange installation in 2002.

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Schrack Business Com

2001

Since 1984, Schrack and Kapsch have been working together to expand the digital fixed line network in Austria. In 2001, Kapsch took a 74% share of Schrack Business Com. While Schrack was very successful in the private branch exchange market for small customers, Kapsch positioned itself with large-scale projects. In the medium term, this takeover secured market leadership for Kapsch in the installation of private branch exchanges – and became the basis for Kapsch BusinessCom.

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EarthDATASafe

2010, Photograph

EarthDATASafe is an underground high-security data center in Kapfenberg (Styria) that allows secure storage of sensitive data. It is located up to 250 meters below ground level and has been operated by Kapsch BusinessCom ever since 2008.

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Cloud Computing Campaign, Poster

2010, Poster

Since 2003, Kapsch BusinessCom has increasingly focused on the network and IT sectors. In doing so, investments in in-house developments have been made and companies with corresponding know-how have been purchased. In 2003, telephone systems still accounted for 75% of sales. Today, a significant portion of sales comes from new business segments such as cloud computing and security solutions.

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Apple

2012

In 2012, Kapsch BusinessCom became a strategic partner and authorized system integrator for Apple in Austria with the responsibility of implementation of solutions in the IT environment of businesses. With the offered solutions customers were enabled to access all areas of the company network using iPads and iPhones. Security concepts protect against data loss or abuse.

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