Importance of Variable Message Signs on Highway
The rising problem of traffic management and with more and more number of vehicles running on the road has made the work of traffic management authorities daunting. A great way to cope up with this is solar –power enabled variable message signs or solar VMS. These variable message sign are a variation of traditional VMS. These digital signs are illuminated with LEDs and displays information in real-time. It won't be wrong to claim that VMS or variable message signs have evolutionized the traffic management system. It has streamlined the process and at the same time removed the bottlenecks which otherwise were a common occurrence.
Brief overview of Variable Messaging Signs
These digital boards are used for communicating certain information to the masses. It is one of the most sought-after traffic management devices. Being a highly customizable product, the VMS can be used to display any kind of information and finds application in myriads of places, for example, traffic management,toll booth, railway station, airport etc. They have been in existence since a long time, however they have undergone a huge transformation, and today we see various versions of it are available in the market. The changes are in the mode of their operation, now we have electrically and solar power enabled variable message signs.
VMSs are known by different names like dynamic message signs, electronic message signs,digital signages, changeable message signs etc. All these names are owing to different properties of VMS, for example, the information on VMS can be changed frequently using Wi-Fi or by connecting it to the local computer and thus they have the name changeable message sign or dynamic message signs. Similar to this, the VMS which works on solar power are called as Solar VMS.
Solar VMSs are a great alternative to the traditional electronically operated VMS. They are energy efficient, environment- friendly, and are a highly efficient product.They are also budget-friendly and demands lesser maintenance as compared to the electronically operated VMS.
Uses of VMS:
As mentioned above, VMS is used to display various information to keep the drivers updated with all the traffic conditions, however, they are now modified and are used to display various other information. Here I will be highlighting the use of VMS in traffic:1. Information about traffic congestion
4. Parking guidance
5. Highway segment and many other
6. Road conditions
7. Alternative route’
8. Weather information
11. Construction work ahead
12. Speed limit
13. Greetings and various other information.
Owing to their multitude of benefits and features,they have become a popular choice for many companies, they are not merely restricted to manage the traffic and guide them, rather, they are now being actively used for various purpose. The crux of the matter is that VMS or variable message signs are a great medium of communication. They can be used to display greetings, pictures, and various information which otherwise is difficult to communicate individually.