Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kapsch presents new Weigh in Motion Solution at ITS Europe



Kapsch TrafficCom AG (Austria) - Innovative solution allows increased road safety, reduced wear and tear and to implement weight-based tolling schemes.

Kapsch TrafficCom recently announced a new Weigh in Motion (WIM) solution at this year’s ITS European conference in Dublin. The innovative solution allows vehicles to be weighed whilst on the move. This helps to control the number of overloaded heavy vehicles on the roads, increasing road safety, reducing wear and tear and lowering emissions. The technology provides important cost benefits and demonstrates how simple improvements can greatly improve the road networks across Europe.

The solution uses a number of sensors to detect whether the vehicle exceeds the permitted weight along with a number of other enforcement functions. The sensors identify the vehicle by its number plates, storing and evaluating this data via either a mobile enforcement vehicle or via a central system.

There is a clear need for WIM technology, with many road networks seeing increased heavy traffic across Europe. An overloaded vehicle axle has a bearing on the pace of road surface erosion, increases noise pollution, reduces the braking distance, and other parameters which decreases safety on the one hand and increases the costs for the maintenance of road infrastructure. In the Netherlands for example, it’s been shown that the increased maintenance costs of overloaded trucks could be as high as 25%. Therefore, WIM devices could pay for themselves in a relatively short time due to a decreasing number of overloaded trucks and fines generated by trucks still exceeding weight limits.

Peter Ummenhofer, responsible Manager for ITS solutions at Kapsch TrafficCom says: “The pressure on the costs for repair and maintenance of the road networks is increasing as more traffic uses the roads. Weigh-in-Motion assures higher road safety, reduces wear and tear by a decreasing number of overloaded trucks and therefore is an important tool to avoid increasing uncontrolled heavy goods traffic. In addition Weigh-in-Motion has the potential to implement weight based tolling schemes which may be introduced in the future in order to reduce the number trucks driving around without being loaded helping to further reduce emissions.”

A fully integrated solution suite:
The new WIM solution can be used by customers in combination with Kapsch Force, a comprehensive and fully integrated solution suite, which was launched at the Traffex event in Birmingham (UK) in April 2013. The Kapsch Force enforcement suite supports the vast majority of enforcement applications – red light running, spot and section speed monitoring, lane enforcement, traffic surveillance and Weigh-In-Motion (WIM). The new WIM solution is pre-integrated with Kapsch Force minimizing project risk and ensuring seamless processes across various enforcement applications, from capturing vehicle data to handle infringements according to a given legislative environment.. The new solution can also be integrated with Kapsch’s ETC solutions allowing to implement weight based tolling schemes.

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About Kapsch TrafficCom:
Kapsch TrafficCom is a provider of high-performance intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the application fields of toll collection, urban access management and traffic safety and security. Kapsch TrafficCom covers the entire value creation chain of its customers as a one-stop shop by providing products and components as well as subsystems as open market products, by integrating them into turnkey systems or by developing end-to-end solutions, including services for the technical and commercial operations of systems. Within its current core business of electronic toll collection (ETC), Kapsch TrafficCom designs, builds and operates ETC systems, in particular for multi-lane free-flow traffic. With 280 references in 41 countries on all five continents and with almost 70 million on-board units delivered and about 18,000 lanes equipped, Kapsch TrafficCom has positioned itself among the internationally recognized suppliers of electronic toll collection worldwide. Kapsch TrafficCom is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has subsidiaries and representative offices in 30 countries.


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