Kapsch TrafficCom to Deploy Real-time, 5.9 GHz DSRC Wireless Roadside Inspection System for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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Kapsch TrafficCom will demonstrate a 5.9 GHz DSRC virtual, real-time commercial vehicle inspection system for potential use by the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority. The funding is being provided through a cost-shared research agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The longtime leader in 5.9 GHZ Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), Kapsch TrafficCom, will develop, demonstrate and commercialize a system to allow state enforcement agencies to conduct virtual truck inspections evaluating the real-time safety of the commercial vehicle at highway speeds. The key components are in-vehicle applications on a Kapsch 5.9 GHz DSRC after market device.

“It is a really exciting opportunity for us to work with New York State on this project. We have been involved in the development of 5.9 GHz DSRC products since the inception of the technology, and this step is an important milestone for its deployment,” said Justin McNew, who is leading the NYSERDA project for Kapsch TrafficCom.

The first of its kind virtual inspection system will be deployed at the Schodack Integrated Electronic Screening site on I-90 near Albany, New York and is expected to be operational in 2011. The system will validate driver licenses, the status of registration, credentials, weight and on-board safety systems including brakes, lights and tires of participating trucks. This project supports broader efforts that are part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Wireless Roadside Inspection Program as well as many of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle program goals.

When widely deployed, these real-time virtual inspections will improve industry operations by eliminating unnecessary weigh station stops, improving the environment by reducing emissions and fuel consumption caused by idling in inspection lines, as well as protecting the nation’s transportation infrastructure by assuring compliance with state truck weight requirements.

NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Kapsch TrafficCom is an international supplier of superior intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Its principal business is the development and supply of electronic toll collection (ETC) systems, in particular for multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) of traffic, and the technical and commercial operation of such systems. Kapsch TrafficCom also supplies traffic management systems, with a focus on road safety and traffic control, and electronic access systems and parking management. With approximately 260 references in 40 countries on 5 continents, and with about 40 million on-board units (OBUs) delivered worldwide and almost 17,000 lanes equipped – including more 21.8 million transponders on-the-road and more than 3,700 lanes equipped for the E-ZPass® group in the Northeast of the United States thru the acquisition of MARK IV IVHS in 2010 - 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 25 countries. In North America the company operates offices in Ontario, Canada, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and in Mexico.

For more information please contact:

Peter Aczel
Coordination Manager Marketing & Public Relations
Kapsch TrafficCom
21515 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 290 |Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: +1 703-885-1976
Mobile: +1 202 341 2292
Email: peter(dot)aczel(at)kapsch(dot)net | Web: http://www.kapsch.us

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