McLEAN, Va. — Kapsch TrafficCom North America, part of Kapsch TrafficCom Group, has been selected by HNTB and the Michigan Department of Transportation to deliver a Truck Parking Connected-Vehicle System at five sites along the I-94 corridor in Michigan.
The Kapsch system consists of a 5.9 GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications in-vehicle unit and roadside equipment with customized application software that together provide drivers with real-time truck parking availability information from MDOT facilities and private truck stops.
This system is the first truck parking system to be deployed in North America utilizing 5.9 GHz — the chosen technology for the U.S. DOT Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot program.
The system will be fully delivered in December.
“With the advent of monitoring commercial vehicle driver hours of service through electronic on-board recorders, the importance of knowing not only where the closest truck stop is but also the corresponding space availability is now a ‘must-have’ for the commercial vehicle marketplace,” said Chris Murray, president and CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom North America. “This trial further delineates the value enabled by utilizing 5.9 GHz technology for an ever expanding array of commercial vehicle applications.”
“The proposal from Kapsch demonstrated exemplary value to the I-94 Truck Parking Project,” said Eric Morris, associate vice president and project manager for HNTB. “A robust understanding of our project’s needs coupled with the demonstrated experience at the 2012 World Congress, as well as the I-70 Pre-Pass Pilot, gave HNTB and MDOT the confidence we needed that Kapsch will deliver a stellar product.”
The in-vehicle segment of the Kapsch system will consist of a location-based application running on the TS3306 5.9 GHz DSRC On-Board Unit and a truck parking application user interface hosted on an off-the-shelf Android-based tablet. The roadside segment will feature the MTX-9450 5.9 GHz DSRC WAVE Transceiver, interfacing with MDOT’s Advanced Traffic Management System, which will furnish real-time truck parking availability data.
The I-94 system is another example of how Kapsch is delivering value to the commercial vehicle operations marketplace with 5.9 GHz. Kapsch also is currently participating in a three-state wireless assessment pilot project with HELP, Inc. to demonstrate the power of automated screening of driver, paperless credential and commercial vehicle information utilizing 5.9 GHz DSRC. The pilot is taking place at five inspection facilities in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. The benefits for states and carriers include improved highway safety and mobility, greater carrier compliance, and significant time, money and fuel savings.
Kapsch TrafficCom is a leading global provider of high-performance intelligent transportation systems and primarily supplies electronic toll collection systems.
For more information, visit www.kapsch.us.