Eberbach, Berlin, 20 September 2016 - krauth technology GmbH has signed a framework agreement with Toll Collect GmbH to develop, manufacture and supply toll station and POS terminals. For the SME from the Odenwald region, it marks the largest order in the company's 90-year history. Experience, quality and a high level of vertical manufacture sealed the deal.
The order, for which krauth technology successfully competed against several larger competitors as part of a comprehensive bidding process, covers the delivery of toll station and POS terminals for the German toll system. In particular, the in-depth experience of the ticketing system provider, which has developed and manufactured leading solutions for public transport for 90 years, proved a decisive factor in securing the order. The high proportion of internally developed assemblies, a high degree of vertical manufacture and the associated production reliability as well as the open Linux-based system architecture were further arguments in favour of krauth technology.
The toll station and POS terminals to be developed by krauth technology as part of the order will be used in the planned rollout of truck tolls on all German federal trunk roads and will replace the previous network of Toll Collect terminals. Even before the bidding process was complete, krauth technology had presented prototypes developed on its own initiative, which will significantly reduce the remaining development period. “We will deliver the first production terminals starting in mid-2017,” says krauth Project Manager Christian Mehn, adding that “Since we develop the majority of modules and assemblies - such as the central printing unit in the terminal - ourselves, we can also guarantee long-term availability beyond the term of the contract. This level of vertical manufacture is certainly unique in the sector.” The terminals are developed at the company headquarters in Eberbach/Odenwald. Large parts of the production process are outsourced to its affiliated company Deutsche Mechatronics, based in Mechernich.
“The fact that we secured this major order to coincide with our 90th anniversary in mid-2016 is sensational and allows us to look to the future full of confidence. Despite our elation, we will not be taking much time to celebrate as we are even more focussed on fulfilling the order to the complete satisfaction of all participants,” says Kai Horn, Board Member of krauth technology.
Toll Collect GmbH has operated the German truck toll system on federal motorways on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure since 1 January 2005. Tolls have been levied along a total of 2,300 kilometres of federal trunk roads since 1 July 2015 and on vehicles above a gross vehicle weight rating of 7.5 tons since 1 October 2015. The Federal Government plans to extend toll charges to all federal trunk roads from July 2018 onwards. It has commissioned Toll Collect GmbH to undertake a technical upgrade of the existing truck toll system.
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