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Kapsch @ TRB ISFO 2023: Innovation requires collaboration

May 4, 2023

The "4th International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations" will take place from June 26 to 30, 2023. Kapsch TrafficCom will contribute its expertise in the fields of tolling, traffic management, smart urban mobility, road safety and connected vehicles as an active partner at this event.

Carolin Treichl, Executive Vice President EMENA Region at Kapsch TrafficCom, underlines the urgency of a cross-stakeholder dialogue: “Innovation does not happen in silos, but by sharing and combining knowledge across the industry. Insular solutions will not provide the impact that we need.” She is optimistic that the event will foster communication and cooperation within the industry and its stakeholders and acts as a platform for exchanging knowledge and opinions. “As such, the Symposium is invaluable for pushing our industry further,” she says.

Where are the potentials of traffic management from your point of view?

Carolin Treichl: “When we talk about traffic management, there are many things that are possible depending on the goals of the authority that is employing the traffic management technology. One thing that comes to my mind first is the reduction of congestion, as this is one of the main reasons for emissions, both carbon as well as particulate manner that is harmful to human health. At the same time, reducing congestion has beneficial effects on the economy, as time that is wasted in traffic could be better spent on other, more productive things. Third, congestions is obviously also a factor that heavily impacts each individual, so getting rid of it has a direct positive impact on the wellbeing of the population. From my point of view, those are the most powerful arguments for traffic management measures and they are also the things that authorities should think about first when considering traffic management technology.”

How digitalization and data influence our day-to-day life

Carolin Treichl is convinced that it is essential to consider traffic on a more abstract level as well. “Traffic has a massive impact on how we live our daily lives and how cities function. Taking charge of those variables certainly gives a city more options in designing its urban ecosystem in a way that is beneficial and sustainable for all stakeholders,” the expert explains. Thereby the impact of digitalization, data influence cannot be overstated. She continues: “Only through use of data that is acquired by connecting and digitizing the infrastructure can we efficiently combat climate change and achieve the sustainable traffic management that is so urgently needed.”

Thank you for the interview!

At following sessions, you can meet Kapsch TrafficCom:

  • Tuesday, 27. Juni 13:30-15:30: How to use Data Driven Connected Services to implement Mobility Management
  • Wednesday, 28. Juni 10:30-12:00: Plenary Session 3: Improving the Value Proposition for Traffic Management
  • Wednesday, 28. Juni 13:15-14:45: Session 5B: Use of Artificial Intelligence for Freeway and Tollway Operations (Track B)

Click here for more information about the TRB ISFO 2023.

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