MVIS | ITS solutions that help keep UK Highways safe
Over the last 9 years, MVIS has been serving the UK’s national highway system with its solar powered ITS safety solutions. During this time, the company has built up a reputation in the industry for delivering platinum level customer service.
That said, it’s not just service where MVIS shines.
MVIS is well known for bringing the innovative solutions from sister companies Bartco UK and Bartco AU to the UK market. As Highways schemes begin to pick up again after the devastation of the COVID pandemic, the company wanted to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the products that have helped build this reputation – the products that have helped to keep the UK’s Highways safe for nearly a decade.
The VMS-A is ideal for urban and inner-city environments of speeds of up to 50mph, however it is commonly used as part of highways projects. As one of MVIS most popular units for traffic management applications, the unit’s smaller footprint provides a tidy option in limited space environments, which can often be very helpful for customers.
It can also be used to inform drivers on urban roads that lead to highways about works that may affect them, encouraging them to take a different route or proceed with caution.
With over 180 VMS-A units on fleet, the product has become an incredibly reliable ‘go to’ option for a range of projects over the years.
Purpose build for the high-speed network, MVIS also offers the VMS-C, the perfect solution for roads with a speed limit higher than 50mph.
Bigger than the VMS-A, the VMS-C is often a preferred option for highways projects due to its larger screen size, making it ideal to communicate with drivers travelling at high speeds, as the larger the screen, the further the viewing distance, which is very important for highspeed roads.
As a result, the VMS-C is a regular sight on the UK’s Highways network, with little wonder due to the 228 units on fleet, giving MVIS the largest fleet of portable VMS in Europe.
Despite the key difference in these signs being size, they both boast a range of valuable shared features that makes them so effective in high-speed applications…
5 Colour Display
Using LED screens allows for a low power solution with maximum brightness for both the VMS-A and VMS-C displays. This helps to ensure that visibility is of the highest priority whilst simultaneously managing power output.
With the ability to show up to 5 different colours, the display allows for red, green, blue and white as well as the highways standard – amber, making the signs perfect for not only messaging but also pictograms or speed roundels.
Solar charging system
Specifically designed for the UK environment, both VMS-A and VMS-C are fitted with solar power units – removing the need for external power.
This more environmentally friendly feature showcases MVIS’ commitment when it comes to going greener in accordance with its ISO 14001 Environmental Management accreditation.
Tilting Solar Panels
Both portable VMS units are designed to make the most out of the available light, allowing for the solar panels to be adjusted so they face the light.
On a technical level, the solar charging system is optimised for the UK by using the most suitable solar panels and solar regulators for our climate.
Units are built with a solar charger per solar panel rather than per unit, so optimal charging capacity is present at all times. This feature allows for maximum battery life efficiency and extended run times.
All MVIS VMS units have an integrated data collection radar that allows for them to display vital messages, speed alerts and responsive information, triggered by driver’s speed, using tried and tested traffic control solutions to positively influence driver behaviour.
The units discreetly house the radar that can also collect information on speed, time and date, making this solution a low-cost alternative to many data collection solutions on the market and is ideal to be used as a data source for the analysis of traffic trends, enabling greater intelligence for planning projects of all kinds.
It may also help with highways construction site safety, allowing users to identify traffic trends with risk, such as speed or volume of traffic, and therefore take steps to combat it.
The ITS Integrated Environmental Sensor can be combined with any of MVIS’ ITS solutions to offer clients the ability to monitor the external environment, producing a wide range of air pollution data that can be used to inform and direct on issues of air pollution safety.
This solution is a low-cost system that offers the ability to build a high-density ambient air quality monitoring network that records data in real-time.
Perfect for temporary applications, this solution offers a very low-cost alternative to static Air Quality monitoring stations and allow clients to cover more space, quickly and cost effectively. This is important for high-speed construction applications as levels of pollution are often a concern for major projects, as is budget.
NTIS DATEX II Portable Journey Time Variable Message Sign Solution
Created in partnership with Highways England (HE), the NTIS DATEX II Portable Journey Time Solution generates real-time journey time information for road users using data from the National Traffic Information Service (NTIS).
The system was the first such solution on the market to enable real-time journey time information from the NTIS to be displayed on a portable VMS.
The NTIS DATEX II Portable Journey Time displays Highways England compliant journey time information, which is refreshed every five minutes, on any number of VMS-C’s along major project schemes that are over four kilometres in length. This helps to keep road users informed of the travel time to the end of the road works. Congestion or delays are identified within tens of metres of their vicinity ensuring the messages displayed are relevant to the area affected.
Works Egress Safety Solution
The VMS-C also plays a crucial part in MVIS’ Works Egress Safety Solution, which offers increased safety for not just the general public but also works traffic that merge from a works egress onto a high-speed road. The role of the VMS-C in this solution is to inform upcoming drivers that works traffic will be merging, giving them plenty of warning, and so helping to minimise risk.
The VMS-A can also do this on a high-speed road if there is limited space on-site or the speed limit has been lowered to 50 due to the works.
The Solar IP is a highly versatile and functional unit that offers users the ability to mount and power their technology, bringing portability to technology that is usually fixed due to power constraints.
The unit brings a lot to safety, security and site management applications, allowing for the integration of technologies such as CCTV and IVD data collection radars to name but a few, making these technologies portable and bringing benefit to highways applications.
The crowing feature of this product however is its solar credentials. A trailer-based power bank is an attractive solution on its own, but when considering the environmentally friendly power output, it may even be a preferred solution to fixed power, if the long term environmental impact of the installation is a consideration for the client, for example.
For more information about how their products can support highways works, contact MVIS at firstname.lastname@example.org.