South Australia's New Smart Expressway

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has taken ownership of 14 BRAUMS/Swarco Variable Message Signs (VMS), all configured for the Australian public road network. These signs are currently being installed on the brand new 15 kilometre Northern Connector expressway in Adelaide, South Australia.

 

Amber colour test during Type-C Variable Message Sign installation

Amber colour test during Type-C Variable Message Sign installation
The signs consist of the following types:
  • 6 x Small Type VMS
  • 1 x Type-A VMS
  • 4 x Type-B VMS
  • 3 x Type-C VMS

Uninterrupted Communication to the Public

The extremely low-power attribute as standard of the BRAUMS/Swarco VMS has allowed BRAUMS and sister company Aldridge Traffic Controllers (ATC) to design, build and deliver Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) to power each sign in its entirety, not just the VMS controller, guaranteeing an absolute minimum of four hours of operation in the event of loss of mains power to the site.

 

ECUPS and BRAUMS VMS  rear

ATC's ECUPS Uninterrupted Power Supply and rear view of Type-C Variable Message Sign

 

Initial testing of the largest sign (Type-C VMS) powered solely by the BRAUMS UPS demonstrated that the sign was left running for more than 12 hours, with no low battery voltage alarms raised after that period.

 

 

Installation and testing of Type-C Variable Message Sign

Installation and testing of Type-C Variable Message Sign

 

Full Colour Capability

Each sign uses the latest, state-of-the-art RGB LED and lensing technology to ensure that compliance to the high-level Australian Standard specification for photometric performance is both met and exceeded. The signs are to be managed by DPTI and communicate via the RMS Protocol to STREAMS. This configuration allows the VMS’ to drive messages in all colours currently supported by STREAMS, including Yellow, Blue, Red, White and Green.

 

BRAUMS VMS LED Colours

Close up of BRAUMS Variable Message Sign LED display

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