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Kapsch TrafficCom North America to Provide 5.9 GHz DSRC-based Truck Parking Connected Vehicle System for the I-94 Corridor in Michigan

March 12, 2013

First operational truck parking solution in North America to utilize 5.9 GHz DSRC technology

MCLEAN, Va., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Kapsch TrafficCom North America (Kapsch), part of Kapsch TrafficCom Group, has been selected by HNTB and the Michigan DOT (MDOT) to deliver a Truck Parking Connected-Vehicle System at five sites along the I-94 corridor in Michigan. The Kapsch solution consists of a 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) in-vehicle unit and roadside equipment with customized application software that together provide drivers with real-time truck parking availability information from MDOT facilities and private truck stops. This system is the first truck parking system to be deployed in North America utilizing 5.9 GHz — the chosen technology for the US DOT Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot program. The system will be fully delivered in December 2013. The contract has a rather low volume but a high strategic significance.

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“With the advent of monitoring commercial vehicle driver hours of service through electronic on-board recorders, the importance of knowing not only where the closest truck stop is but also the corresponding space availability is now a ‘must-have’ for the commercial vehicle marketplace,” said Chris Murray, President and CEO, Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “This trial further delineates the value enabled by utilizing 5.9 GHz technology for an ever expanding array of commercial vehicle applications.”

“The proposal from Kapsch demonstrated exemplary value to the I-94 Truck Parking Project,” said Eric Morris, Associate Vice President and Project Manager for HNTB. “A robust understanding of our project’s needs coupled with the demonstrated experience at the 2012 World Congress, as well as the I-70 Pre-Pass Pilot, gave HNTB and MDOT the confidence we needed that Kapsch will deliver a stellar product.”

The in-vehicle segment of the Kapsch solution will consist of a location-based application running on the TS3306 5.9 GHz DSRC On-Board Unit and a truck parking application user interface hosted on an off-the-shelf Android-based tablet. The roadside segment will feature the MTX-9450 5.9 GHz DSRC WAVE Transceiver, interfacing with MDOT’s Advanced Traffic Management System, which will furnish real-time truck parking availability data.

The I-94 Truck Parking solution is another example of how Kapsch is delivering value to the commercial vehicle operations (CVO) marketplace with 5.9 GHz. Kapsch also is currently participating in a three-state wireless assessment pilot project with HELP, Inc. to demonstrate the power of automated screening of driver, paperless credential and commercial vehicle information utilizing 5.9 GHz DSRC. The pilot is taking place at five inspection facilities in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. The benefits for states and carriers include improved highway safety and mobility, greater carrier compliance, and significant time, money and fuel savings. Both projects demonstrate Kapsch’s innovative solutions to the CVO marketplace and its commitment to the commercialization of 5.9 GHz applications.

About Kapsch TrafficCom
Kapsch TrafficCom is a leading global provider of high-performance intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and primarily supplies electronic toll collection (ETC) systems. With its end-to-end portfolio, Kapsch TrafficCom offers solutions across our customer’s entire value chain – from single products and components, to fully integrated turnkey systems and solutions in the applications of electronic toll collection, commercial vehicle operations, and highway traffic management. Kapsch TrafficCom has the knowledge, experience and proven track record to successfully design, build, and operate ETC systems and has implemented 20 complete systems around the world. With 280 references in 41 countries and more than 70 million on-board units delivered and nearly 18,000 lanes equipped, Kapsch TrafficCom services a significant share of the ITS global marketplace. In North America, the company operates offices in Virginia, Texas, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Ontario, and Mexico. For more information, visit www.kapsch.us.

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