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.