Kapsch TrafficCom is a globally renowned provider of innovative transportation solutions for sustainable mobility in the application fields of tolling, tolling services, traffic management, and demand management. Intelligent traffic management enables traffic authorities to record and respond to traffic conditions in real time. “While conventional solutions are time-delayed and inaccurate, a proactive solution takes into account current traffic conditions and combines measures such as dynamic pricing, intelligent vehicle routing, and signal optimization to manage demand from private motorized transport,” according to company officials.
“Traffic congestion and its associated emissions create a public health crisis and cause millions of dollars in lost productivity. That's why we are driving innovation and technology in key areas such as Connected Driving, Smart Roads, and Smart Mobility Pricing. All these elements need to work together if we want to achieve sustainable change,” says Gerd Gröbminger, Vice President Sales for Central Eastern, Northern Europe, and Central Asia at Kapsch TrafficCom.
In September, Kapsch TrafficCom was chosen by the Fideicomiso Ruta Uno to provide toll collection services for the toll stations in Río Segundo and Naranjo de Alajuela as part of a consortium with ETC Peajes Electrónicos S.A., a partner with local presence in Costa Rica. There are currently two operational toll plazas on the route, in which Kapsch will implement its SmartTOLL solution.
The improvements at the Río Segundo and Naranjo toll stations complement the works to be carried out along this 55 km route, which will impact more than 30 cities nearby. The route connects three provinces in the country's central plateau and crosses the international airport. Together with Route 27, it connects the port of Caldera to the Pacific zone, which is popular with tourists throughout the year. The main plaza located in the Rio Segundo sector of Alajuela is just a few kilometers from the international airport.
The scope of the project foresees the implementation of seven mixed lanes, which will allow electronic or manual toll collection, with four lanes at the Rio Segundo toll plaza and three lanes in Naranjo. The electronic toll collection service will be provided for an initial 12 months, and may be extended for an additional 12 months.
“With the success of our toll solutions in many Latin American countries, we at Kapsch are pleased with the opportunity to bring our technology to Costa Rica and be part of such an important project," says Juan Zamakona, Kapsch's Vice President for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Kapsch will support the current operation of the toll stations through its SmartToll technological solution for the manual classification by vehicle type and the continuous recording of all transactions. The solution brings an interoperability functionality that will allow integration with the Quick Pass intermediation and electronic collection system operated by ETC in the "stop and go" mode. This will ensure that users who currently use the electronic toll payment system at other tolls will also be able to use this service at Ruta Uno, improving road fluidity and the user experience on this road.
Kapsch TrafficCom, which has an office at Hacienda, has subsidiaries and branches in more than 25 countries. It has been listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2007. The company has more than 4,500 employees worldwide.
For more information about Kapsch TrafficCom, please visit www.kapsch.net/en/ktc.