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Kapsch piloting in New York

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Steve Sprouffske, System Engineer for Kapsch
Steve Sprouffske, System Engineer for Kapsch presents the 5.9 GHz vehicle transponder
New York roadways are safer and more secure thanks to a recent deployment of a series of 5.9 GHz vehicle transponders in commercial trucks that travel the state’s highways. Vehicles equipped with the Kapsch Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) Real-Time Clearance system will be able to electronically report the driver’s identity, the fleet company’s safety record and the vehicle’s health and condition.

The DSRC system is now live at New York’s truck inspection facility outside Schodack where twenty vehicles and drivers are participating in a pilot program that identifies the driver and his driving record.

According to Chris Murray, President and CEO, Kapsch TrafficCom, the DSRC includes a commercial motor vehicle aftermarket on-board unit (OBU) that facilitates high-speed communication with a series of roadside transceivers. When the truck approaches an inspection facility, the OBU plays audible tones and activates in-cab lights that inform the driver of needed actions.

The system was developed for use by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the New York Thruway Authority and was funded through a cost-shared product development agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

“Commercial trucking is the backbone of our economy and provides the vital services of transportation and distribution to foster growth and prosperity,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “We are proud to join forces with Kapsch TrafficCom to develop the next generation vehicle transponder that enables increased efficiencies in both freight transportation and safety inspections.”

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