Peter Ummenhofer, the head of the ITS Business Unit, on the Kapsch stand
Kapsch has added extensive advanced traffic management system (ATMS) expertise to its portfolio by acquiring US company Transdyn.
The move matches with the aim of becoming a major global presence in the inter-urban traffic management sector, said Peter Ummenhofer, Kapsch’s head of ITS Business Unit: “Recognising that there were already very mature and capable ATMS solutions out there, we decided to look at what was already available. We already knew Transdyn, having partnered on projects including the North Tarrant Express and LBJ Express managed lane systems in Dallas and North Texas, the largest single system of its type to be built in the US in the last two decades.”
Transdyn’s proven, feature-rich Dynac solution is a SCADA system based on a modern Java-based software architecture. References include Manhattan Island and Boston’s ‘Big Dig’ in the US, and the company is a preferred vendor for Australian Toll road operator Transurban. Ummenhofer says that this proven ATMS solution will now be allied to Kapsch’s extensive global sales effort.
There are plans to continue to offer Dynac as a standalone traffic management solution but another ambition over time is to offer the market single-source electronic Toll collection/ATMS solutions which are more seamless.
“We’re bringing together two portfolios which are entirely complementary and non-conflicting. Traffic operations will benefit significantly. If you can use roadside systems for multiple applications, then you can share power and data supplies to the same cabinet. One service team can take the place of several,” said Ummenhofer.
“In the back office, you can bring together traffic management and tolling payment data to create a more accurate picture of current conditions. That results in the ability to generate more accurate travel time information and improve both service and operations.”