Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch), announced today that the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission and the Kansas Department of Transportation have jointly selected Kapsch to continue providing staff, consulting, and operational support to the Kansas and Missouri bi-state traffic management system known as Kansas City Scout.
Under its recently-acquired transportation division, Kapsch TrafficCom Transportation, which began managing the project as Schneider Electric in 2011, Kapsch continues its leadership in traffic management centre (TMC) operational excellence in the Heartland region by extending its longstanding partnerships with the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation (KDOT and MoDOT). Kansas City Scout helps motorists in the Kansas City metropolitan area navigate their trips along optimal routes by providing real-time transportation information and coordinating regional incident management.
Kansas City Scout manages approximately 125 miles of continuous highways in the Kansas City metropolitan area by using cameras to observe live traffic, sensors to gauge traffic flow, and electronic message boards along the roadway to send notices to drivers. Together these components comprise a system that can streamline traffic by optimising rush-hour speeds, improve emergency response to traffic incidents, and decrease congestion by improving traffic flow.
"Diminished funding for transportation is driving the need for technology and innovative solutions, and Scout is helping to lead the way during an age of rapid technological change," claimed Randy Johnson, traffic centre manager for Kansas City Scout. Alfredo Escriba, Senior Vice President NAM & Tolling at Kapsch TrafficCom North America, added: "We are proud of this contract extension with Kansas City Scout because it demonstrates our TMC operations expertise and the excellence of our day-to-day services provided to both the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation."
Kapsch TrafficCom Transportation provides TMC operations management and world-class ITS solutions complementary to existing Kapsch solutions and products in the traffic and tolling industry. The comprehensive solution portfolio strengthens Kapsch’s market position as a leading ITS provider by ultimately enabling drivers to arrive at their destination comfortably, on time, efficiently, and with minimal environmental impact.