Tolltickets and Axxès market Kapsch TrafficCom’s new on-board unit for European Electronic Toll Service.

Leading-edge technology, improved usability, smaller size and larger capacity for value-added services

tolltickets, a Kapsch Group company, and Axxès are launching a brand-new on-board unit (OBU) which is certified for the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS).

Kapsch TrafficCom and Axxès have been working closely on designing and supporting EETS solutions. The commonly introduced solution in Belgium was the first to be certified as EETS in time for the start date on April 1, 2016. Today, Axxès serves a fleet of 200,000 trucks equipped with a satellite solution by Kapsch TrafficCom. “Honed with five years-worth of users’ feedback, its ease-of-use is second to none!” says Jerome Lejeune, President of Axxès. “It will allow us to extend the reach of our services to customers and partners” adds Gérard Baranczak, COO of Axxès. Axxès is a leading supplier to European transport companies, with the simplest, easiest and most reliable tolling and ITS solutions.

Axxès and Kapsch have decided to leverage on their long lasting cooperation by working jointly on the development of their solutions. Both companies are willing to address the new toll domains opened to the EETS market in the near future, starting with Germany and Italy. EETS will facilitate daily operations for road users, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. Today, in the various EU member states, road users pay tolls to the respective local toll chargers. For example, this obliges an internationally operating truck to equip and register with an OBU in each country it enters.

In the future, only one contract with an EETS provider and a single OBU will be needed. Hence, EETS is complementary to the national electronic toll services of the member states.  “Due to a variety of ITS-services and technical features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, the EETS-OBU provides additional value for drivers and transportation companies in their daily business”, comments André Laux, Chief Operating Officer at Kapsch TrafficCom. “The new OBU can be used on the entire EETS-capable toll road network in Europe, even in Italy which uses a different communication technology”, adds Peter Selmayr, General Manager at tolltickets. The company, founded in Germany in 2007, is a leading toll service provider catering to B2C and B2B customers. In addition to toll services, the company’s portfolio includes transaction handling and online authorization services for fleet card companies.