Manage Traffic Effectively using Variable Message Signs on Roads
Did you know that there are more than a million vehicles are running on the road? With so many vehicles, the task of traffic authorities also increases, there is a need for them to control the traffic, streamline the movement and at the same time control the problem of over speeding, rash driving etc. Variable Message Sings have emerged as a popular option to control and manage the traffic. There are various other instruments or variations of VMS that have transformed the way traffic control system used to work. Owing to the integration of technology with the traffic management, wenow have Intelligent Traffic Management System. There is an incorporation of new technology in it, the likes of which include:
- Radar Speed Signs or radar speed limit signs
- Variable message signs
- Boom carriers
- Automated ticket generation system etc.
All these work together to create an effective and efficient traffic management system.
The reason weneed the incorporation of technology with traffic management is that manual control of traffic is not possible; however, with the intervention of thetechnology, we can ensure complete control over the traffic.
Let's understand the role of the two most prominent parts of ITM ie Variable Message Signs and Radar Speed Signs:
- Variable message signs – these are digital signs which are used to deliver various kind of information. In traffic management, the VMS is used to display information related to traffic congestion, road conditions, roadwork, alternativeroute, speed limit etc.
The LED used in the VMS ensures that the message is displayed clearly and is visible from a longer distance. They are highly energy efficient product and are now available in solar power enabled version whichmakes them cost-effective too. The VMS works best in the snow-covered regionwhere manual efforts don't work. Since they are visible to a longer distance thus hey work the best in stormy, rainy and snowy weather.
- Radar Speed Signs – these are yet another popular traffic management device. They are used for displaying the speed of the approaching vehicle. Radar Speed Sign works on radio signals. They calculate the speedlimit based on the transmission and receiving of the radio waves, based on the time difference, the speed limit is calculated. The compact design and size of the radar speed sign make them a perfect traffic calming device. It is popular with various names like speed limit sign,driver's feedback sign, traffic calming device.
Both these signs are an integral part of traffic management system. Owing to their quick responses time they are very effectivein information dissemination. The radar speed signs have proven to greatlyinfluence the driving speed and without halting their way, it can alarm the driverin case they are crossing the speed limit. The same work for the variablemessage signs. To sum it up, both the, radar speed signs and variable messagesign boards are integral for an effective and efficient traffic management.