MVIS/Bartco UK | Integrating Technology to Create Pioneering ITS Solutions

Article Posted on: March 27, 2017


VMS manufacturer Bartco UK will present at Traffex a pioneering integration of individual ITS products in the form of a solution designed to make the road network safer and more efficient.

The company is working with SRL Traffic Systems to create the first portable variable message sign (VMS) to be integrated with temporary traffic lights, in a solution that promotes road safety and driver information.

SRL Traffic Systems approached Bartco UK to create the manufacturer’s smallest VMS, designed to show basic safety information during temporary traffic light installation and road works.

Measuring 650mm x 750mm, Bartco UK’s HD Quattro is being integrated on the same boxes and posts that SRL uses for its Radiolight temporary traffic lights and powered by their batteries.

The integrated HD Quattro will be a safety and information sign, informing road users of road works being installed and the speed limit.  The VMS will also be deployed within work zones to safely manage on-site traffic.

Over the last 12 months, the HD Quattro has also featured in a range of other integrated ITS solutions developed by Bartco UK and its sister company, Mobile Visual Information Systems Ltd (MVIS).

As part of Auto Detect, it has integrated with a master traffic management unit, which, when triggered by an external device, such as a red light on a traffic signal, activates an appropriate message on the sign.

With the addition of a radar, the HD Quattro can also be used as a speed-activated sign to increase its effectiveness and run times.

The HD Quattro has also been incorporated in the overheight detection solution within the companies’ Intelligent Safety portfolio.  Developed in partnership with Highways Resource Solutions Ltd (HRS), Intelligent Safety was the first collection of temporary road worker safety solutions to integrate modular electronic perimeters and VMS.

2016 was also a year of many significant corporate and technological developments for Bartco UK. In November, it announced an international partnership with European ITS manufacturer, Signature Group (France).  The partnership will involve the two companies working together to develop and distribute new ITS technology, such as UK-regulation-compatible versions of Signature MS4 high-resolution VMS and AMI products.

In the same month, Bartco UK broke into the permanent ITS market, with the most energy-efficient fixed Remote Controlled Temporary Traffic Management Signs (RCTTMS) in the first generation of products designed to comply with new government standards.

In a major MVIS contract, its signs are currently in use on the North West motorway system, as part of a pioneering integrated journey time solution.

Said Bartco UK and MVIS managing director, Pat Musgrave:

“Our priority is not only the development of new ITS products, but the creation of innovative ITS solutions that effectively integrate these individual technologies to meet specific customer requirements; our work involving the HD Quattro multiple technological integrations demonstrates the application of this priority.”

Bartco UK sells individual monitoring and visual information ITS products and integrated solutions, distributing globally, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand.  MVIS works with Bartco UK to create temporary ITS hire solutions, and uses Bartco UK’s portable VMS.

To find out more, please go to and, or visit them on stand D70 at Traffex

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