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Kapsch on the road

In the 1990s, intelligent traffic solutions became an important business segment for Kapsch. It began with small projects such as traffic flow control and parking management. The ‘Öko-Punkte‘ project in Austria was considered a milestone, allowing Kapsch to achieve a breakthrough in 1996. This strongly development-oriented market continued to grow in significance – today, Kapsch TrafficCom AG (KTC) is a globally active provider of intelligent transportation systems.

 
Öko-Punkte Project

1996, Photograph

In order to seize control of the flood of trucks, Austria launched the ‘Öko-Punkte‘ project: individual countries were issued contingents of points for their trucks; Kapsch received an order to develop an electronic ‘eco point‘ system in 1996. In doing so, the company beat numerous big players and developed the tolling technology that became the flagship core business of the later Kapsch TrafficCom AG (KTC).

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Chip Card ‘Multicard‘

1995, Reader

Kapsch developed a non-contact, multifunctional polyester card in the mid-1990s. The idea behind this card was related to toll control projects, in which non-contact cards were expected to play a large role. Sales and distribution problems, however, led to the abandonment of the project.


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eCard Reader and GINA Box

2005

This Kapsch device resulted indirectly from the development of multifunctional cards. It came into use for ‘reading‘ eCards and prescription cards and was developed by Kapsch Components (KCO), a subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom. Today, it is used by more than 12,000 doctors in Austria.

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Taxi Radio ‘Indelco Star’, Brochure

2000, Brochure

In 1996, Kapsch took over the Swiss company Indelco, whose radio system at the time was used by nearly 10,000 taxis throughout Europe. The concept of the system: a server automatically assigns vehicles while optimally using the location of each taxi. In 2001, Kapsch decided to concentrate on tolling technology and sold Indelco.


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Austrian Truck Tolling System

2004, Photograph

The first country-wide MLFF (multi-lane free-flow) system in the world entered into operation in 2004. Obtaining a strategically important tender for a national toll system provided Kapsch with the foundation for future international success in this business segment.

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Truck Tolling System in the Czech Republic

2007

In 2007, the nationwide tolling system ‘MYTO CZ‘ – constructed by Kapsch in only nine months – entered into operation across the Czech Republic. MYTO CZ was the first toll project not only manufactured, but also operated by Kapsch.

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Initial Public Offering of Kapsch TrafficCom

2007, Photograph

Kapsch TrafficCom was floated on the Vienna Stock Exchange in 2007. After numerous international successes, companies with strategically interesting technical solutions in target markets were to be acquired in order to ensure sustainable growth for the company. The required funds were raised in this very successful initial public offering. In respect of its roots as a traditional family-owned business, Kapsch offered a 20% discount on shares to its employees.

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Gantry in Brisbane

2010, Photograph

In 2010, Kapsch received an order to build a toll system for the transport connection of the Brisbane airport. Using this system, the toll is charged fully electronically. The required devices are located both on the toll gantry as well as inside the vehicle – the so-called on-board unit (OBU).

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Enforcement System Camera

2010

This camera is part of the so-called enforcement system of a toll gantry. A video camera and a laser scanner are able to record the volume of vehicles, photograph license plates as well as read and transfer the information. In this way, vehicles subject to tolling can be identified even if they do not have an on-board unit installed.


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Transceiver

2010

Transceivers are stationary transmitters on toll gantries. When a vehicle passes under a toll gantry, the transceiver transmits the information from the on-board unit inside the vehicle to the back office location.

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OBU Assortment

around 2010

On-board units (OBUs) are installed in vehicles (primarily trucks) so that toll fees can be charged on the move. Kapsch Components manufactures 10,000 units per day.


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DYNAC Traffic Management Solution

2010

The DYNAC software collects and processes traffic data in real time and allows control centers for short reaction times to traffic jams, accidents and other emergency situations. Information about travel times, accidents, weather and road conditions can be passed on quickly to drivers and thus allow better informed traveling decisions.

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Europlaza

2001-today

In 1996, real estate assets held by the Kapsch AG were transferred to a new, separate company. The Europlaza project was launched in 2001: large office complexes were built on the premises of former production factories in multiple stages of development – the Kapsch Group headquarter is also located here on the Europlaza.

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Smart Meter

2012

Kapsch Smart Energy was founded in 2010. The new company already achieved success in the area of intelligent energy management during its first years – 13,000 smart meters were installed in the city of Feldkirch in 2012; Kapsch developed the software.