Zephyr, our central control system is here.


Urban centres can be complex environments comprising multiple technologies. Full colour Matrix signs, Variable Message Signs (VMS), Car Parking Signs, Vehicle Activated Signs and School Warning Signs are just some of the ‘assets’ adopted by local authorities to protect their highways and enable people and vehicles to live in harmony together.

So imagine if those same ‘assets’ could be managed and controlled from a single location, anywhere in the world. Imagine if the messages displayed could be edited or changed at the touch of a button, and automatically checked to ensure they comply with the relevant regulation. And imagine if ‘mass messages’ could be programmed to display across an entire region, to alert the public to upcoming events or diversions.

All of this is possible and more, thanks to the launch of Zephyr, a new cloud-based management software from SWARCO Traffic Ltd. Zephyr is designed to provide local authorities with total control over their traffic sign assets and strategy. A web-based user interface enables users to quickly and easily edit message and pictogram displays at the touch of a button, as well as being able upload new text and graphics as required.

The interface also comes with a TSRGD (The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016) rule checker, to ensure that any free-hand messages comply with the appropriate industry regulations.

Designed very much with the user in mind, the new technology features easy drag and drop windows, and the ability to ‘dock’ certain assets so that they remain in view if required. Key features of the interface include pan/zoom maps, enabling each of the assets to be easily located and their status monitored. This includes the current messages displayed, schedules for any changes that are due, and red flags for any faults or errors that could impact the signs’ operation. The software also enables the segmentation of data to include traffic count or car park occupancy that can be detailed in a separate report.

With Zephyr, intelligent transport solutions are easier to manage than ever before. It allows users to programme and monitor their signs to ensure traffic is being managed in the most effective way possible, including taking into account ‘special days’ and exempting certain days or times to manage traffic flow. Users can even set ‘mass messages’ to warn visitors in advance of forthcoming events, or highlight a more immediate diversion.

To access the interface, all that is needed is a web browser such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox. Individual password-protected staff accounts can be created so that each user can set their own preferences. This also means that security cannot be compromised by allocating the same details to a group of users. Signs can be connected to Zephyr using a variety of communications such as GPRS, 3G,4G and other wireless networks.