Intertraffic 2018

SWARCO will be at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018, once again SWARCO will be showcasing the newest products for Intelligent Traffic Solutions and the latest innovations in the sector at stand 10.103

34 VAS Installed in Brent to improve road safety

To support an accident reduction programme co-ordinated by Brent Council, SWARCO Traffic Ltd has installed Vehicle Activated Speed signs (VAS) at key locations across the borough where significant numbers of accidents have occurred.

This particular project is aimed at reducing collisions, casualties, road danger and accidents that involve powered two wheelers (P2W – primarily motorcycles and mopeds) throughout the borough, in line with the Government’s road safety strategy to reduce the number of road traffic accidents nationally.

According to the national THINK Road Safety Campaign, injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to all other RTCs: despite being just 1% of total road traffic they account for 19% of all road user deaths.

Individual accidents were studied to identify patterns and the main causes of accidents involving P2Ws. Through analysis, locations which may benefit from accident reduction measures were identified.

“One of the most common causes of accidents involving P2W is high speeds,” explains Chhaganlal J Dabhi, Project Engineer for Brent Council’s Highways and Infrastructure Service. “And high speeds can cause severe injuries and fatalities, particularly for a motorbike rider who is the most exposed and vulnerable. However, we also know that one of the most effective measures to reduce accidents can be to inform all road users of the hazards and prevailing dangers, and advise them accordingly.”

To limit the impact on traffic management on the roads, all installation work on the vehicle actuated signs (VAS) was carried out at night.

SWARCO has installed 34 VAS, most of which are fixed to existing light columns (and Bouygues-supplied and installed the mains power isolator switches), whilst some are solar powered. The signs are CE marked for quality and safety at the highest level and they are built with SWARCO’s latest LED’s. This LED technology gives the greatest optical output which provides dramatically increased reliability whilst also reducing power consumption.

Each VAS has a pre-set threshold speed, appropriate for the location, and when activated by an approaching vehicle over the threshold the speed is displayed along with either an instruction of ‘slow down’ or a ‘sad face’ in red. For vehicles driving within the speed limits, a ‘happy face’ or ‘thank you’ is shown in green.

Chhaganlal says Brent Council is committed to the continued reduction of personal injury accidents: “Whilst we wait to see what the data reveals in terms of the signs’ effectiveness, we are pleased that the project is bringing about more general awareness to all road users about the potential dangers to motorcyclists and reducing accidents overall. If these signs help to prevent a death or serious injury on the Borough’s roads then it is money well spent.”

Introducing, the Smart Urban Messenger VMS Trailer

The Smart Urban messenger boasts the benefits of the Smart City Messenger's small footprint, allowing for deployment across size restricted sites.

The Smart Urban Messenger also features a large 20mm pixel pitch VMS sign, allowing 4 lines of approved text and full colour images to be displayed. Using the same technology as SWARCO's Motorway VMS, quality is never compromised whilst power consumption is kept low. With the addition of the optional fuel-cell, maintenance is no issue as this provides year round unattended operation.

Use the Smart Urban messenger to display messages to high speeds roads, or to simply convey more information in an urban environment. This flexible solution can be combined UTMC systems or with our asset management system, Zephyr, for remote message setting, timetabling, GPS Tracking and even to remotely view power consumption, for piece of mind.

Already in use in London and locations through-out the UK, contact us for more information on your smart solution.

  • Introducing, the Smart Urban Messenger

  • Improving road safety in Brent Borough with installation of 34 VAS

  • SWARCO's most efficient MVAS yet

  • Zephyr, our central control system is here.