Kapsch Awarded Contract to Upgrade Toll Collection Equipment on Maryland Roads

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has awarded Kapsch TrafficCom (Kapsch) a contract to replace and maintain all roadside tolling equipment in the mixed-mode, cash, and express toll lanes under MDTA management. The contract commenced in February 2018 and includes the replacement of all toll equipment, expected to be converted to the Kapsch system by 2020, and six years of subsequent operations and maintenance as well as the option to extend the contract for an additional four years. The project volume of the base contract exceeds €55 million and will be managed locally from the Kapsch office in Rockville, Maryland.

The new roadside equipment will include RFID toll readers, automated license plate recognition (ALPR) cameras, and scanners in the mixed-mode lanes. In addition, Kapsch will install its stereoscopic Vehicle Detection and Classification sensor (nVDC) in the all-electronic toll (AET) lanes. The nVDC is a 3D video-based sensor that can track and classify vehicles throughout the entire toll zone while triggering ALPR cameras. Trip-building will be a feature of the new toll system, a proven Kapsch solution in which individual vehicle transactions at toll points are grouped into sets of continuous trips, this correlates with transponder reads and license plate numbers to produce a single billable trip for a vehicle’s entire journey. As part of the system replacement, Kapsch will also provide license plate image-review services and fully-formed transactions to the MDTA back office, enhancing accuracy and auditability of the tolling system.

MDTA Deputy Executive Director Deb Sharpless stated: “Reliability, collaboration and flexibility will drive this transformation and will allow us to meet the evolving needs of our customers, adapt to changing technologies, and positively impact Maryland’s economy.”

“Kapsch roadside equipment and innovative trip-building features are designed to offer customers an increased level of service with enhanced functionality and a proven solution,” said Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom. “With this project we bring the MDTA toll system to a leading standard in all-electronic tolling and are strengthening our core business in North America.”