The core code for the dynamic pricing algorithms used in MnPASS to manage pricing in the I-394 and I-35 in Minnesota, and on the Capital Beltway 495 Express Lanes was written by VESystems and the property rights to that were bought by 3M as part of corporate acquisitions of the FSTech unit of Federal Signal. In the case of MnPASS the primary toll systems contractor was Wilbur Smith Associates, now CDM Smith. WSA people did all the traffic planning and modeling, anticipating the inputs needed and general format.
3M closing Irvine CA facility, moving VESystems, other FSTech positions to Austin TX, a few to St Paul MN
3M is closing the FSTech offices in Irvine California and moving about 75 positions there to their big research center in Austin TX and a few to 3M head office in St Paul MN. An official said this is another move to gain synergies of co-location of people doing similar work. It's also an effort to make the business - which was losing money under Federal Signal - more efficient and more "scalable."
2012-11-16: 3M are moving to integrate the manufacturing operations and research and development of the acquired Federal Signal Technology group into their facilities in Austin TX. Sirit's 6C sticker tag line is currently in a small industrial park in Chula Vista just off the South Bay Expressway in the San Diego area of California, and it will be closed, and equipment and jobs transferred to Austin Texas.
Sirit president John Freund joining Kapsch - will the Austria-based company compete in sticker tags?
2012-10-21: In one of the biggest toll industry personnel changes in recent times John Freund left 3M/Sirit this week to work for Kapsch. His appointment at Kapsch has not yet been officially announced, but a 3M spokesman has confirmed he left them voluntarily Wednesday, and we have it on good authority his leaving was due to an offer by rival Kapsch.
VP Global Sales for 3M's traffic division, and former president of Sirit, John Freund is reported out.
He "separated" from 3M as of the middle of this week, according to sources.
There is nothing official however.
Federal Signal's toll systems unit FSTech comes under Motor Vehicles Systems and Services (MVSS) now it is integrated into the 3M company. In charge of MVSS is Dan McGurran, 40-ish, a chemical engineer by university education (U MInnesota) who has held many positions in 18 years at the company including National Sales Manager.
McGurran was heavily involved in 3M's acquisition of FSTech.
2012-09-10: 3M's Motor Vehicle Systems & Services (formerly FSTech) today received the first OmniAir certification following testing for interoperability across equipment vendors and facilities. There was a ceremony at the IBTTA annual meeting in Orlando. Devices tested from the Sirit division of then-FSTech were:
3M announced September 4 that it had completed its acquisition of Federal Signal Technologies Group paying "$110m in cash subject to post-closing adjustments."
2012-09-01: As the part of sale of Federal Signal Technologies (FSTech) division of Federal Signal to 3M some of the top people are being put off. Manfred Rietsch the president of FSTech is going. So is Jon Ramirez director of business development, Bill Duffy of VESystems, and Mike Leahy VP system delivery.
As the part of sale of FS Technologies (FSTech) division of Federal Signal to 3M several senior and well-known toll systems people are being "let go."
In the last few weeks 3M has organized recruitment panels to interview FSTech staff after which each has either been invited to "transition on to" 3M, or they have been, in effect, terminated.