Bartco launches new VMS control smartphone app and ‘mini’ mobile unit for work zones

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Bartco UK, and its sister company MVIS (Mobile Visual Information Systems), has created an application that will allow traffic managers to control their variable message signs (VMS) from any location with greater flexibility and speed.

Mobile signage manufacturer and developer of integrated intelligent transport system (ITS) products, Bartco UK has launched BartcoLive, which enables users of the company’s VMS units to create new messages remotely via Apple and Android smartphones or tablets, as well as via the conventional means of laptop or PC, accessing the chief sign-management operating platform, Web Studio. Created in Australia by sister company Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty, the BartcoLive app was developed in order to further improve the efficiency of the VMS ITS solutions provided by the company’s UK division and MVIS. In addition to message creation, the new BartcoLive app also offers secure login, a searchable list of assets, details regarding the status of each unit, as well as its location on the map and directions, and a ‘list and search’ facility for files.

“Our international in-house R&D team is focused on developing ITS solutions to meet recognized customer needs,” explained Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty’s R&D project manager and chief developer of the app, Dolly Shah. “BartcoLive enables our customers to control their VMS with increased flexibility and speed, allowing them to manage their ITS solutions with greater efficiency.”

The MVIS and Bartco UK product range comprises mobile VMS and JTS (Journey Time Systems), ROTTMS (Remotely Operated Temporary Traffic Management Signs), Solar IP multiuse trailer platforms, and sign management systems, as well as portable CCTV and radar units for work zone operations. The company has made a recent addition to its portfolio with the launch of the HD Quattro, its smallest mobile VMS unit. The HD Quattro has been specifically developed for traffic management in work zones where a traditional VMS sign would be too large.

With all the power, reliability and technology of Bartco’s larger units, the HD Quattro is uniquely designed to improve safety throughout work zones, where the movement of vehicles, heavy loads and machinery, and a pedestrianized workforce, have the potential for accidents. With its 26.75 x 30.75in (68 x 78cm) LED screen, the HD Quattro is compact enough to be positioned in small spaces, while also being able to clearly display on-site speed limits for works vehicles. The VMS features a dual-color display in red and white that can show both text and pictograms.

Lightweight and portable, the HD Quattro can be installed on existing street furniture or on its own post. The unit is available in both mains or solar-powered formats, which makes it a suitable fixed solution for urban zones with speed limits of up to 40mph (64km/h). The HD Quattro can be readily combined with Bartco’s Web Studio technology to allow managers to easily update information displayed on the VMS in real time. The unit is also compatible with the company’s new BartcoLive app.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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