Proud of the past, ready for the future
Since its founding in 1892, Kapsch has
been dedicated to its role as an innovator
and technological pioneer. From the production
of the first portable transistor radios and
involvement in the digitalization of the Austrian
telephone system to the construction of
multi-lane, nationwide tolling systems:
Kapsch has always been a decisive step ahead
in terms of technical milestones in the areas
of communication and mobility. Our aim has
always been to economically and responsibly
deploy technological developments in the
interests of our customers. We recognize
and appreciate technology as an instrument
for opening up new possibilities and
improving existing ones.
The beginnings: Johann Kapsch founds a precision mechanics workshop for portable Morse telegraph equipment, underwater telephones, and batteries.
Comprehensive: Products range from lightning conductors, rain-proof alarms and capacitors to underwater and above-water telephones.
Elbow grease: The telephone must be wound before being able to make a call.
Widespread: Kapsch’s telephones are delivered throughout the entire Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
Expansion: Kapsch erects a modern factory building (Plant I) at Johann-Hoffmann-Platz 9 in Vienna’s Meidling district.
Product range expansion: Kapsch erects telephone and telegraph centers, like the one here at Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station.
Practical: The ink writer is portable and embosses paper – meaning that information can also be analyzed without light.
Dependent: During the First World War, Kapsch almost exclusively supplies the army – and often has to wait a long time for payment.
Product expansion: The manufacture of capacitors, tin tubes and dry batteries enables access to new markets.
Dialog: The battery-operated company device has a button for two-way call and voice traffic.
Continuity: After 1918, Kapsch continues to supply customers in Prague, Trieste, and Zagreb – and plays a key role in expanding the telephone network and direct dialing.
Innovative: A 4.5 volt battery powers this flashlight from the 1920s. Kapsch develops and manufactures both products.
Pioneer: Kapsch manufactures the first radio device with tubes and detectors, and becomes a co-founder of RAVAG, the Austrian Radio Verkehrs AG.
Powerful: This battery serves to operate a radio. It has over 60 cells, thereby achieving a voltage of 90V.
Recycling: Before buying an expensive, new telephone, an older one is upgraded: This is an example of one with a dial.
Innovation: At the Vienna Expo, Kapsch presents telephones, aerials, and radio devices, such as the “Reinartz-Baby” model.
Proverbially: As one of the leading technological providers, Kapsch advertises with the slogan “Wer von Radio spricht, meint Kapsch” [“Say radio, think Kapsch”]
Optimization: The network anode to operate devices with up to five tubes replaces the expensive and short-lived anode batteries.
Premiere: Kapsch presents the television in Austria for the first time – with a complete transmission and reception system.
Convenience: The desk telephone with support ring makes it possible to walk around while on the phone – for as far as the cable extends.
Vision of the future: Electric clocks are available with a radio and built-in alarm, but there are not enough buyers.
Galactic: The radio models “Mars” and “Komet” are fitted with the patented “TRI-LUX” dial, which shows the selected station using a light pointer.
Connected: The number of telephones connected in Austria reaches 135,000. Kapsch offers the “Monopol” miniature telephone device.
Propaganda: All radio producers in the German Reich are obligated to manufacture NS-era radios for a defined price.
Escape: The Jewish author Johannes Mario Simmel works at the Kapsch battery plant from October 1943. A supervisor lends him his bicycle to escape from the Nazis.
Zero hour: Partially bombed, partially impounded, and no raw materials. Nevertheless, the production of radios and television sets begins.
Partnership: In cooperation with the Austrian Post, Kapsch plays a key role in the reconstruction of the telephone network after the war.
Intercom: This system enables managers and their secretaries to talk directly to each other at the press of a button.
Mucki: Chief engineer Josip Sliškovič masters the art of miniaturization and builds devices that are as small as possible.
Change in technology: Telephone exchanges are converted to the switch system 48, Austria’s first standardized direct-dial system.
On the road: The “Weekend 5” is small and portable, has a built-in aerial, and is considered to be the first and smallest continental travel device.
Wireless: Kapsch enters the business field of radiocommunications, supplying the Innsbruck mountain rescue with walkie-talkies, for instance.
A leading position: Producing batteries, Kapsch achieves a market share of up to 30 percent in Austria.
Portable: The “Weekend 52” is a portable radio. The radio switches on when the lid is opened and turns off when it is closed.
Cooperation: Kapsch takes over general representation of the German AEG Telefunken GmbH, thereby enabling it to offer the full range of telecommunications.
Train communication: The radiocommunications installation “Teleport II” is shown here being used by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) in Salzburg Gnigl.
Obstruction: Listening to the radio in mountainous Austria is not always easy. Ultra-short wave transmission paves the way for better reception.
TV era: Kapsch enters the market with the TFS 56 television set. The retail price of ATS 7,600 corresponds to around EUR 4,000 today.
Robust: This telephone set for miners, weighing 30 kilos, can withstand exposure to water, ammonia and petrol.
Revolution: Transistor technology revolutionizes the production of radios. With “Capri”, Kapsch releases the first fully transistorized-portable radio in Austria.
Prestigious: 53 cm tubes above and a noise box comprising three concerto speakers below. A feast for the eyes and ears and a bargain from ATS 7,180.
Mini: The small transistor receiver “Starlet” scores points for fitting in a lady’s handbag.
Conference: The telephone system “Velox A” is suitable for two to nine participants – perfect for doctors’ surgeries, architects, and law firms.
Assembly line production: 42,700 delivered radios help Kapsch generate the most revenue in its company history at that time.
Quiet: Kapsch develops a new low-noise dialing disk for telephones that remains in use until the 1980s.
Indispensable: Capacitors store electric charge and energy. They are used in nearly every electronic device.
Colorful: “Chromamatic” – Kapsch’s first color television comes on to the market too early. ORF only broadcasts the New Year’s concert in color in 1969.
Intercontinental: At the Schillerplatz telephone exchange, so-called “international telephone points”, also known as “America points”, are set up to enable telephone calls abroad.
Best seller: The “TR20”, one of Kapsch’s last own radio makes, impresses with its own Ö3 button.
Train communications: Kapsch develops Austrian train radiocommunications and begins exporting its know-how around the world.
Expansion: The expansion of telecommunications by the government calls for greater supply capacities. Kapsch opens a new plant in Gänserndorf.
Non-leak: A third of all batteries in Austria are made by Kapsch. Several products have a patented non-leak guarantee.
Partnership: Kapsch takes over the general representation of the Japanese electronics group Sharp in Austria.
Effective: The engine switch system 60M is used in a container design as a private branch exchange for sports reporter communications at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.
Aviation safety: Kapsch supplies the antenna technology, antenna protective cover and building technology for the Koralpe medium-range radar system.
Digitalization: Together with Schrack, Kapsch begins introducing digital telephony in Austria. Here you can see a circuit board being inserted at the Favoriten telephone exchange.
Looking to the future: Kapsch beings manufacturing printed circuit boards – a key requirement for many future company divisions.
Far-reaching: High-performance short-wave antennae are erected on behalf of ORF.
Early warning system: The Tauern railway and Arlberg line are fitted with train radio technology, making them much safer.
Mobile: The “Mobilstar” car telephone is designed for the C network in the 460 MHz range. 35,000 people can be reached via a standard nationwide area code.
Innovative: “DataStar” is Austria’s largest digital business communications system and is used, for instance, at the ORF TV center.
Colorful: Kapsch adds a splash of color, offering the touchtone telephone “W 80” in chamois, sand, yellow, orange, dark red, blue, moss green, and dark brown.
Change in strategy: Kapsch withdraws from the consumer electronics market and focuses on the investment goods market.
Multimedia: Kapsch equips the first video conferencing studio on behalf of the Austrian Post.
Kick-off: Kapsch begins industrial production of hybrid components – miniaturized switches for different electronic functions.
Generation shift: The train radio communication system 2000 is developed together with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The new device is the first product from the company’s in-house production.
Transatlantic: Kapsch installs its first radar system on foreign soil in Montevideo – and delivers consoles to Buenos Aires.
Eastwards: Kapsch establishes numerous agencies in Central and Eastern Europe, and works to digitalize the Hungarian telephone network.
Market potential: Kapsch presents the communication system “TeamStar”, the private branch system “DataStar Meridian”, and the car and mobile telephone “MobilStar” at the trade fair in Brno.
Reliable: The Karlsplatz control center for Vienna’s underground system is based on the “DataStar” switching system.
Mobile communications network: The first telephone call in Austria using the new digital mobile network GSM is possible in 1991, and GSM is available nationwide from 1994.
Progressive: Kapsch equips the Plzeň brewery with IT infrastructure for internal communication.
Aviation: As a specialist for air traffic control, Kapsch modernizes the tower infrastructure at Vienna Schwechat airport.
Practical: The D network makes smaller devices possible, enabling the first generation of mobile phones. Kapsch launches the “HandyStar” mobile phone on the market.
Artwork: Kapsch combines technology with art, developing telephone calling cards in cooperation with artists.
Old town protection: The electronic access control system in Bologna’s historical city center, installed by Kapsch, is compelling: 35 Italian cities follow suit.
Internationalization: Several European railways are fitted with train radio systems by Kapsch.
World first: Kapsch implements the Austrian ecopoints system for truck traffic – the world’s first emissions-based traffic management system.
Fixed line: The T95 telephone model offers speed dialing with 10 storage slots, sound processor, repeat dial, microphone switch-off, disconnect button, and much more.
Discontinued: Kapsch develops the “Multicard” chip card – a contactless, multifunctional card made from polyester. Sales and production problems cause it to be discontinued.
Tried-and-tested: Kapsch is involved in the development of all mobile communication standards since 1980, and continues to help Telekom Austria to implement new developments.
Bridge building: The Öresund and Storebaelt bridges between Sweden and Denmark are fitted with an electronic toll collection system.
Down Under: Kapsch installs the world’s first electronic toll collection system for multi-lane free-flow traffic on the Melbourne City Link highway.
Taxi radio: In 1996, Kapsch takes over the Swiss company Indelco. Its radio system is used in nearly 10,000 taxis across Europe. The company is sold again in 2001.
Europlaza: A large business park, housing the headquarters of Kapsch Group, is built over several development phases on the site of the former production plant in Vienna’s Meidling district.
Acquisition: Kapsch takes a 74 percent stake in Schrack BusinessCom in the course of the digitalization of the Austrian fixed-line network. The acquisition forms the basis of Kapsch BusinessCom.
Sawubona: Africa’s first single-lane electronic toll collection system is installed on the Platinum Toll Highway in South Africa.
Cooperation: Kapsch and the insurer Allianz Elementar Versicherung realize one of the largest communications outsourcing projects in Austria.
Smart: Kapsch develops and produces the “GO box”, which is needed to collect the mileage-dependent truck toll in Austria.
Truck toll: Austria implements the world’s largest comprehensive multi-lane, free-flow toll collection system.
Directísimo: The fully electronic multi-lane, free-flow toll collection system on the Autopiste Central enters service in Santiago de Chile.
Card reader: This device is used to “read” e-cards and surgery cards, and is used by doctors in Austria.
Award: CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, presents Kapsch with an award for its production of special circuit boards – so-called opto-hybrids.
Stock market: Kapsch TrafficCom AG lists on the Vienna Stock Exchange to raise capital and to acquire innovative companies.
High-speed: The nationwide toll collection system “MYTO CZ” is built and commissioned in the Czech Republic by Kapsch in just nine months.
Australia: Kapsch supplies the central traffic telematics system for the North-South Bypass tunnel in Brisbane. Other orders follow.
Data storage: Kapsch’s high-security data center is 320 meters below the ground near Kapfenberg, Styria, and serves to securely store sensitive data.
India: Kapsch builds a modern toll collection system for the National Highway No. 8, and provides the main toll collection point with 32 lanes.
Thailand: Kapsch installs toll collection systems for three of the largest city highways in Bangkok, as well as the Bang Na Expressway, one of the largest bridges in Asia.
Update: Following the successful installation of the e-card infrastructure, Kapsch offers an all-in package to around 1,000 additional healthcare providers.
Base: The on-board unit (OBU) is an electronic device that is read wirelessly and used to identify vehicles.
Train communications: This train communication device is a kind of smartphone for the train driver. Kapsch becomes a leading provider of digital train communications (GSM-R) in 2010.
Technology transfer: Kapsch converts the Austrian telephone network with three million users to Voice over IP (VoIP) without a single failure.
Rewarded: Kapsch is awarded the “Klima Aktiv Award” for its work to optimize the ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting of a production and a logistics hall.
Cloud computing: Kapsch focuses more intently on the areas of network and IT – through investments in own development and the acquisition of corresponding know-how.
Pioneering work: Kapsch installs the national toll collection system in Poland in record time.
Prospects: Kapsch TrafficCom is chosen by the American E-Z Pass® Group as a supplier for the ten-year technology and service agreement.
Future: The train communications system GSM-R and the train control system ETCS form the basis of the standardized European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS).
Belarus: The electronic toll collection system installed by Kapsch in Belarus enters commercial operations.
Saudi Arabia: Kapsch equips the high-speed train on the pilgrimage line between Mecca and Medina with GSM-R, thereby ensuring safe railway traffic.
Public transport: Kapsch develops the Public Transport business area, installing the digital radio communications network for the Newcastle metro in England.
Prestigious: Kapsch wins the maintenance and software development contract for the fully electronic toll collection system on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Progress: Austria becomes the first country in the world to implement a complex WAM (wide area multilaterion) solution for air traffic control.
Fitness check: 80 million users, 800 million gigabytes: 66 Kapsch servers support the IT infrastructure for the “Runtastic” fitness app.
Fast: The DYNAC traffic management system processes traffic data in real time, enabling short reaction times in the event of congestion, accidents, or other emergencies.
Informative: Kapsch supplies the 44 square-meter-large LED display board for the new Vienna Main Railway Station.
Connected: Kapsch equips seven Chinese railway lines, covering a total of more than 2,000 km, with GSM-R solutions.
Cross-border: Kapsch develops the Anglo-Dutch program CHARM to modernize traffic management on highways.
Trendsetting: Kapsch takes over the US company Streetline, which makes smart parking solutions that guide car drivers to the next available parking space.
All-in-one service: Kapsch manages the entire IT infrastructure of the Tyrol Air Ambulance in a certified data center.
Investment: Kapsch invests in the Graz company evolaris next level GmbH, a center of excellence for mobile communication and innovation.
Growth: Kapsch takes over the transportation business of Schneider Electric, an international specialist for real-time IT solutions and intelligent transportation systems.
No conductors: A bus fleet in Accra, Ghana, is fitted with an intelligent ticketing solution together with Scania.
State-of-the-art: Kapsch provides comprehensive, high-speed WiFi and cutting-edge multimedia technology at Rapid Vienna’s Allianz stadium.
Company anniversary: With over EUR 1.1 billion, Kapsch generates the most revenue in its history in fiscal year 2016/17.