Kapsch Retains Bi-State Contract to Support Kansas City Traffic Management System

[Editor: This is the text of a September 19, 2016, news release from Kapsch TrafficCom.]

Kapsch TrafficCom Prolongs Operation of Traffic Management Center Kansas City Scout

MCLEAN, VA — Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch), announced today that the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission and the Kansas Department of Transportation have jointly selected Kapsch to continue providing staff, consulting, and operational support to the Kansas and Missouri bi-state traffic management system known as Kansas City Scout. Under its recently-acquired transportation division, Kapsch TrafficCom Transportation, which began managing the project as Schneider Electric in 2011, Kapsch continues its leadership in Traffic Management Center (TMC) operational excellence in the Heartland region by extending its longstanding partnerships with the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation (KDOT and MoDOT). Kansas City Scout helps motorists in the Kansas City metropolitan area navigate their trips along optimal routes by providing real-time transportation information and coordinating regional incident management.

Kansas City Scout manages approximately 125 miles of continuous highways in the Kansas City metropolitan area by using cameras to observe live traffic, sensors to gauge traffic flow, and electronic message boards along the roadway to send notices to drivers. Together these components comprise a system that can streamline traffic by optimizing rush-hour speeds, improve emergency response to traffic incidents, and decrease congestion by improving traffic flow. “Diminished funding for transportation is driving the need for technology and innovative solutions, and Scout is helping to lead the way during an age of rapid technological change,” claimed Randy Johnson, Traffic Center Manager for Kansas City Scout. Alfredo Escriba, Senior Vice President NAM & Tolling at Kapsch TrafficCom North America, added: “We are proud of this contract extension with Kansas City Scout because it demonstrates our TMC operations expertise and the excellence of our day-to-day services provided to both the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation.”

Kapsch TrafficCom Transportation provides TMC operations management and world-class ITS solutions complementary to existing Kapsch solutions and products in the traffic and tolling industry. The comprehensive solution portfolio strengthens Kapsch’s market position as a leading ITS provider by ultimately enabling drivers to arrive at their destination comfortably, on time, efficiently, and with minimal environmental impact.

Kapsch TrafficCom is a provider of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the segments of toll collection, traffic management, safety and security, smart urban mobility and connected cars. The end-to-end solutions of Kapsch TrafficCom cover the entire value creation chain of its customers as a one-stop shop, from components and design to the installation and operation of systems. The core business comprises the development, installation and operation of electronic toll collection and traffic management systems. References in 44 countries on all continents have made Kapsch TrafficCom a globally recognized ITS provider. As part of the Kapsch Group, an Austrian family-owned technology group founded in 1892, Kapsch TrafficCom is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has subsidiaries and branches in 30 countries. It has been listed since 2007 on the Vienna Stock Exchange (KTCG) and generated revenues of EUR 526 million in the fiscal year 2015/16 with over 3,700 employees.

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