07/04/2021

Variable message signs: information and visibility


Variable message signs: information and visibility Agla Group

Versatile and particularly useful, variable message signs (VMS) are devices that are now present both in the city and along roads. They constitute a range of products with which it is possible to communicate the status of the road network or particular areas, or any information associated with them, in real time.

This system therefore makes it possible to reach the target users of the communications in a way that is certainly faster and more effective than with static signs. Here are all the details on variable message signs.

What are variable message signs and how do they work?

During transit on urban roads, we sometimes glimpse electronic billboards displaying data that can be useful for traffic circulation, refuelling, stopping and more. These are technically referred to as variable message signs.

Specifically, these are numeric, alphanumeric or graphic LED displays that can have different dimensions and purposes, but which in any case are a very valid means of communication. For example, through the variable message signs it is possible to give updates about road traffic, display the price of fuel in a service station or give information about a rest area.

As such, these electronic billboards are distinguished by the fact that they guarantee real-time information on everything related to mobility, and also offer notable versatility of use and high visibility of the information.

Functioning of variable message panels

From a purely technical point of view, to ensure their correct functioning, the variable message signs work through the use of special software that is used to create a sort of network and connections between the panels located in an area. The software then resides on a server from which you can make the necessary changes in terms of device management and diagnostics.

Where they can be installed

Another element that characterises this kind of devices is their particular flexibility in terms of installation. Generally, the panels are placed along roads, in service stations or near public or private car parks and rest areas to communicate:

  • emergency situations;
  • suggestions for alternative routes;
  • opening hours;
  • parking prices;
  • public utility messages;
  • sales promotions;
  • works in progress;
  • availability of parking spaces;
  • closure of some road sections;
  • fuel prices.

In addition, smaller-sized variable message panels can also be installed at the entrances of cities and historic centres, in order to communicate tourist information about an urban area, for example, or the presence of restricted traffic zones. Installations are also possible near ports, airports, shopping centres and railway stations.

Variable message signs: prices

Installation and management of the signs involve various costs, depending on the technological characteristics and format of the device. In addition, the latest generation variable message panels are further optimised to offer clearer and more direct information, as well as lower power consumption. To do this, we use low dispersion power supplies, high-performance LEDs and, in some cases, energy supply through the support of photovoltaic panels.

Contact us to find out more about this information system, which is highly used throughout the country and is able to guarantee safety and reliability.


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