MVIS | New ITS Product Category Promotes Road User and Construction Worker Safety
A new category of intelligent transport system (ITS) solution has been launched to enable traffic management companies to better protect the safety of road users and construction workers.
Created by industry leader in the delivery of temporary ITS products and integrated solutions, MVIS, the Dynamic Works Egress Safety Solution is the first temporary ITS solution to combine modular electronic perimeters and variable message signs (VMS) to promote the safety of both construction personnel and road users around the exit points of roadside work zones via dynamic text.
The Dynamic Works Egress Safety Solution targets both highways and work zone traffic, offering a superior alternative to the standard fixed-plate signs and fixed message VMS used to communicate with highways traffic only.
MVIS launched this high-impact solution in anticipation of the likely increase in the work zone speed limit, which has the potential to raise the risk of accidents as works vehicles approach and join the carriageway more quickly.
A pair of sensors are located at the beginning of the acceleration zone within the works area. They connect to an HD Compact VMS deployed within the zone, and, when triggered by an approaching works vehicle, the VMS message changes from “wait here” to “merge when safe”.
The sensors also connect to a roadside, traffic-facing VMS-A, and warn highways road users of the imminent arrival of a works vehicle joining the carriageway. In the event of an emergency, the VMS “works traffic merging” message can be overridden with an alternative message.
After a set time, the HD Compact VMS reverts to its “wait here” message and the VMS-A goes blank, allowing traffic to flow freely when there is no works vehicle present.
All messages may be tailored to the precise requirements of the site, and every message activation is recorded and may be reviewed for audit purposes. The product was developed and manufactured by sister company Bartco UK.
The Dynamic Works Egress Safety Solution is joined in MVIS’ new product portfolio by the Overhead Service Unit (OSU), which promotes the safety of highways construction personnel by warning them of overhead structures – including those where work is underway – and is the first to feature in-built radar as opposed to separate sensors, which can accidently reposition after installation.
The reliable, cost-effective and easily installed solution uses an in-built radar to activate an HD Compact VMS message when a vehicle is detected approaching the structure, removing the risk of accidental repositioning while minimising the equipment required.
Developed in response to customer demand, the HD Compact features high-visibility chevrons to ensure that it is easily spotted by construction workers. Also created by Bartco UK, the OSU is available for purchase directly from Bartco UK as well as for hire via MVIS.
Said MVIS’ sales manager, Graeme Lee:
“We are proud to introduce to the traffic management sector not only two new products but, in the case of the Dynamic Works Egress Safety Solution, an entire new product category to promote the safety of road users and construction workers alike.
“Both are already currently in use on a major UK smart motorway scheme, and performing exceptionally well.”
MVIS’ innovative, solar powered solutions incorporate monitoring and visual information equipment featuring leading-edge technology. The company is ISO registered in quality, environmental and health and safety management.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an important element of the firm’s operation, and MVIS is a leading proponent of the promotion of educational partnerships and apprenticeships.