Kapsch secures new toll transponder contract in Australia


Currently exhibiting and demonstrating its products and services at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Kapsch TrafficCom has announced that its Australian subsidiary has won a new contract for tolling equipment in the country.

Kapsch TrafficCom Australia has reached agreement with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in New South Wales, Australia, for the supply of electronic transponders under a two-year framework agreement, with scope to extend for up to a further three years. This contract has a potential value of over €15m (US$16.6m) if both extensions are exercised.

RMS is a New South Wales (NSW) government agency delivering safe and efficient journeys throughout the state, and managing the operations and programs of roads and waterways. RMS is responsible for the e-TAG tolling systems used on roads and crossings in the Sydney metropolitan area, including the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge and Tunnel, the Cross City Tunnel, Lane Cove Tunnel, and the M5 South-West, M7 Westlink, and M2 Eastern Distributer motorways.

Kapsch will deliver to RMS the TRP-4010 ‘Next’ transponder, its latest in cutting-edge tolling transponder technology. The TRP-4010 fulfils all CEN performance requirements, and is proven in demanding applications, including high-speed multi-lane free-flow and congested and stop-and-go traffic environments. The windscreen-mounted TRP-4010 is the most compact model in the Kapsch range of transponders and onboard units (OBUs) that are compliant with the European 5.8GHz DSRC (dedicated short range communications) standards. Data security and integrity is ensured through a high degree of integration in combination with efficient integral cryptographic functions based on the DES and triple-DES algorithms.

“This contract, with an industry-leading road agency and in a market that demands the highest level of performance, further validates our reputation for delivering quality products that meet the highest levels of performance and value,” said Soren Tellegen, executive vice president for the Oceania region at Kapsch TrafficCom.

Kapsch’s chief operating officer, André F Laux, commented, “Australia is an advanced technology market, where road authorities and state departments recognize the significance and possibilities of intelligent mobility and transportation solutions. We are proud to deliver our latest technology in this growing region.”

In March this year, Kapsch Australia was contracted to fully replace the existing road tolling system for Sydney Harbor Bridge and Tunnel operated by RMS. Kapsch will deliver the latest in cutting-edge tolling technology based on the company’s single gantry multi-lane free-flow (MLFF) platform and Next Vehicle Detection and Classification (N-VDC) system, which will ensure not only best possible tolling performance, but also minimize visual and infrastructure impact in an area where heritage aspects are to be carefully considered.

In October 2015, Kapsch won a contract to expand its scope in the WestConnex Motorway Project in Sydney by another 10 tolling segments. WestConnex is the largest integrated transport and urban revitalization project in Australia, and is aiming to reduce traffic congestion in the Greater Sydney area.

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