“Smart Intersection” Introduced for Improved Safety and Mobility of City’s Surface Transportation System

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Owosso, Michigan. August 5, 2010 — Kapsch TrafficCom, Inc., an international supplier of innovative road traffic telematics solutions, DGE, Inc., a full-service electronics design house and system integrator, and The-Transformation-Network, Inc., have partnered to launch an intelligent transportation environment — an environment where “smart” vehicles interact with traffic signal controllers to provide Signal Phase and Timing (SPAT) to vehicles using 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC).

The installation uses Kapsch 5.9 GHz DSRC technology on the roadside, at the intersection of N. Shiawassee Street and King Street in the city of Owosso, and inside the “smart” vehicle equipped with DGE‘s Vehicle IntelliDrive Module. The SPAT information from the traffic light controller is sent wirelessly via 5.9 GHz DSRC. It is used by the on-board device to provide the driver of a vehicle approaching a traffic light with a red light warning advisory, or a recommended “green speed” advisory, for safe passage through the intersection.
“We are moving into a new era of intelligent transportation, where intelligent infrastructure provides information directly to vehicles, for the purpose of making the transportation system safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable,” said Mayor Ben Frederick. “Owosso recognizes the importance of traffic safety, and we envision working with our citizens for expanded use and feedback on the installation.”
The intersection provides interoperable wireless communication, between vehicles and the traffic signal, to enable safe and efficient vehicle operation. Smart cars can use the information about the traffic signal phase, as well as their own position in relationship to the intersection, to prevent auto accidents and to provide driver advisories.
Paul Heimnick, a member of Owosso Friends and Neighbors Association (“OFANS”), a citizens group formed in 2007 for the purpose of carrying out community improvement projects, is demonstrating the Kapsch and DGE technologies to area residents. OFANS is also collecting feedback from area residents about how to further expand the use, and the convenience, of the system.

About Kapsch TrafficCom, Inc.
Kapsch TrafficCom, Inc. is a member of the Kapsch TrafficCom Group, who is an international supplier of innovative road traffic telematics solutions. Its principle business is the development and supply of electronic toll collection (ETC) systems — primarily for open road tolling (ORT) of traffic, and the technical and commercial operation of such systems. Kapsch TrafficCom supplies traffic management systems that focus on road safety and traffic control, as well as electronic access systems and parking management. With more than 230 references in 38 countries and five continents, and with over 16.5 million delivered on-board units (OBU’s) and almost 13,000 equipped lanes, Kapsch TrafficCom has positioned itself among the leading suppliers of ETC systems worldwide. Kapsch TrafficCom is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has subsidiaries and representative offices in 23 countries. Kapsch TrafficCom’s U. S. offices are located in Carlsbad, California, and in Sterling, Virginia.

About DGE, Inc.
DGE, Inc., provides electrical engineering design and consulting services to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier suppliers. Its experience and expertise enables its partners to integrate their products into OEM vehicles. DGE focuses on the entire vehicle system. Its strengths include embedded software development, electronics hardware design, vehicle networking, telematics, OEM specifications and requirements, custom test systems, and verification and validation of electronics. DGE enhances the design process through its knowledge of OEM product development cycles, and by offering project management and coordination services to a broad range of automotive customers.

About The-Transformation-Network, Inc.
The-Transformation-Network, Inc., is an Owosso, Michigan-based technology develop-ment company and supplier of systems engineering and consulting services in the fields of telematics, electrical and electronic vehicle components, systems, and manufacturing processes for conventional and alternative propulsion vehicles.

For Further Information:

Peter Aczel
Marketing & Public Relations
Kapsch TrafficCom, Inc., USA
Phone +1 (202) 341 2292
2030 Corte del Nogal, Suite 105
Carlsbad, CA 92011
E-mail: peter(dot)aczel(at)kapsch(dot)net

Brigitte Herdlicka
Public Relations & Sponsoring
Kapsch Group
Wagenseilgasse 1
1120 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 (0) 50 811 1705
E-Mail: brigitte(dot)herdlicka(at)kapsch(dot)net

Jim Lawrence, DGE, Inc.
2870 Technology Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
http://www.dgeinc.com    Brigitte Herdlicka
Public Relations & Sponsoring
Kapsch Group
Wagenseilgasse 1
1120 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 (0) 50 811 1705
E-Mail: brigitte(dot)herdlicka(at)kapsch(dot)net

Dave Acton
The-Transformation-Network, Inc.
317 S. Elm, Suite 309
Owosso, MI 48867


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