Diversify Your Advertising with Colour Mobile VMS

 With the colour mobile VMS (variable message signs) systems on offer at MVIS, you can effectively advertise your product or brand.

Our VMS systems are great for grabbing the attention of your audience. This is due to their five colour matrix, which includes red, green, blue, white and yellow. With this array of colours at your disposal, you can convey your brand or product message in a vibrant and eye-catching manner that will leave a lasting impression upon them.

Another great benefit of our colour mobile VMS is that it is ideal for situations where you may need to change, update or alter your message over the course of an event. Using the easy to operate software, you can operate the VMS either onsite or remotely. With this helpful feature, you can change the sign rapidly to respond to offers and information updates in real time.

Because the VMS systems are mobile, they can be moved to a location and be fully operational in no time at all. This speed and efficiency means you will rarely miss out on an advertising or sponsorship opportunity.

Different Uses

  • With the sheer size and multicolour displays of our signs, you can draw significant attention to all kinds of products.
  • If you’ve got a special discount or deal to promote, our VMS signs can be updated quickly and easily to change the message as soon as the offer expires.
  • Due to their portable nature, our colour signs can be moved to a variety of different locations, whether it’s a music arena, football stadium or outdoor festival, allowing you to advertise ticket sales in a variety of locations.
  • With the large, colourful signage available on our VMS systems, you cannot fail capture the attention of a wide audience and really put your brand on display.

If you would like to find out more about our colour mobile VMS systems, you can contact us on 01629 580 57.

Top tips for the smooth running of an event from industry expert

Whether you’re organising a small country show or a major music festival, an efficient traffic management system is essential to ensure the smooth flow of traffic to and from the event, maximising visitor satisfaction and minimising the impact on non-event traffic.   Many events are located in rural areas, via B-road access, where a good traffic management system is especially important.

Tony Price MD of MVIS recently talked to Events Industry News about his top tips for the smooth running of an event. 

“Rapid technological developments in the traffic management industry have given events organisers the opportunity to incorporate state-of- the art equipment into their traffic management systems, equipment that will not only help the traffic to flow more smoothly, but that will also help to save on manpower costs.

“Variable Message Signs (VMS) backed up by the right software can save you a lot of money.  These signs are of high impact, and when supported by the right software, can allow you not only to display directional messages but also to update them quickly and easily from any internet enabled device.  Their impact and efficient communication capacity means that they can be deployed in fewer numbers than standard static signs, reducing the need for the high manpower costs often associated with sign installation and management.

“Tests have shown that VMS signs displaying messages using a wide variety of colours have particularly high impact, allowing drivers to interpret instructions with the greatest speed. MVIS’ matrix signs are capable of displaying text in five colours, although TSRGD 2002 regulations meant that on the Olympic Route Network, only amber and white were permissible.  We are currently lobbying the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to permit the use of greater colour in order to improve traffic management efficiency.

“One mistake that events transport managers often make is to think no further than signage.  In fact, solutions incorporating a range of ITS products can be used to help make the traffic flow more efficiently.  CCTV, radar and Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems can all be employed on the routes leading to the event in order to capture information that will help you to manage event traffic well.

“For example, these products can count and instantly transmit to you details of the number of vehicles approaching the event, thereby allowing you to open up more car-parking spaces as necessary, so preventing tail-backs.  ANPR systems can be used to facilitate cashless parking systems, removing the need for barriers, again helping to prevent tail-backs.

“There is a massive array of ITS products on the market, and you need to think carefully about the products that are best for you.  Consider whether the equipment is portable and easy to install.  These aspects are vital, not only to ensure efficient initial deployment requiring only a low level of human resource, but also to facilitate the swift redeployment sometimes required due to changing circumstances.  Consider too the power supply. As any event organiser will know, external power supplies are not always reliable, so solar powered equipment is by far the best option.

“Also, think about whether the combination of ITS technology you choose can be housed in one platform rather than several, as this will save you money.  Our new Solar 2012 multi-use trailer platform facilitates the mounting of multiple products on a single, solar powered, mobile platform, allowing the flexible combination of a selection of temporary ITS equipment.

“Finally, when selecting your ITS provider, you should always take care to choose one offering a committed customer service, not just the products themselves.  Choose a supplier who is able to give comprehensive operational training, who will be there for you at short notice, and who can be relied on to deliver quickly.”

Tony Price, Managing director, MVIS

MVIS’ UK first a sensation at Seeing is Believing

MVIS’ launch of its fully integrated solar powered ANPR system mounted on a fully mobile trailer platform proved a sensation at the recent Seeing is Believing event.

The company believes that the product will transform the temporary ANPR market, and according MD Tony Price, initial market feedback from the show supports this belief entirely.

Said Price:  “Visitors to MVIS’ stand were tremendously enthusiastic about the product, which has many applications, ranging from police and security services, rapid ANPR deployment, short-term journey time solutions for smaller road schemes, to event and festival cashless parking operations.”

The Solar 2012 ANPR platform is fully integrated, comprising ANPR cameras, illuminator and processor in one housing, all mounted on a 5m air pneumatic telescopic mast.  A full PTZ mounting bracket allows the camera to be set up quickly and easily, using a laptop at the base of the mast.  Information from the ANPR system is transmitted via 3G to a back office or a cloud server for instant customer access.

Initial trials on the busy A6 road in Derbyshire have shown a read accuracy rate in excess of 90%.  They have also suggested that the new system will operate fully autonomously 24/7 for in excess of 30 days.

As with all MVIS products, the Solar 2012 ANPR is silent, environmentally friendly and cost-effective to deploy, requiring no civil engineering or third party communications.

The Solar 2012 ANPR platform is powered by four 250 A/H batteries and charged by the latest technology solar charging system,  including new 250w solar PV panels, designed to optimize ultraviolet light in a northern hemisphere environment.  It is capable of powering 12, 24 and 48v DC.

To find out more about MVIS products visit www.m-vis.co.uk

MVIS/SVHL deal promotes wider VMS access and “legislative evolution”

Two key players in the traffic management sector have signed a deal that will not only enable wider market access to the latest generation of variable message signs (VMS), but which they hope will also promote the case for legislative evolution facilitating the greater efficiency of the UK’s road network.

Derbyshire based Mobile Visual Information Systems Ltd (MVIS) supplies mobile and solar powered monitoring and visual information systems to the traffic management sector.  Its solar powered colour mobile VMS offer a choice of five colours, and the company recently undertook what is believed to be the largest single deployment of solar powered VMS in the world, supplying almost 200 units for The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Olympic Route Network.

Safety Vehicle Hire & Lease Ltd (SVHL) from Leicestershire is the specialist rental and contract hire division of leading trailer and truck equipment supplier, 50 year old King Vehicle Engineering Ltd (KVE), and focuses on the traffic management company and local authority market. It specialises in the provision of impact protection vehicles, or “crash cushions”, of which it has the UK’s fastest growing fleet.

Under the terms of the new deal, SVHL has become MVIS’ exclusive rental partner, and will lease MVIS’ VMS via its well established customer network of traffic management companies and local authorities.

Said MVIS’ managing director, Tony Price:  “The new rental partnership will support MVIS in its continued market expansion, introducing our five colour VMS system to a wide customer base and further educating them in the benefits of multi-colour products, which allow more rapid user interpretation.

“By building product awareness and demand in this way, we hope that we will ultimately help to encourage the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to update regulations permitting a greater use of colour on the UK’s roads, facilitating the greater efficiency of the road network.”

Said SVHL’s managing director, Mark Carrington:  “The new partnership provides SVHL with a logical extension to its product range.  The market for electronic VMS is expanding rapidly, and MVIS is at the forefront of the constantly evolving technology available.

”We look forward to working with MVIS to expanding the market for multi-colour VMS and hopefully in turn to contributing towards eventual legislative evolution.”

For more information on MVIS, see www.m-vis.co.uk

For more information KVE, see www.kingtrailers.co.uk

MVIS signs support traffic management plan at Heathrow’s Terminal 2

With their fully autonomous solar charging system, the innovative five colour VMS signs operate continually under normal operating conditions. It was this system that was chosen by BAA to support the master traffic management plan surrounding Heathrow Airport’s £800m Terminal 2 replacement construction programme, which is due for completion in 2014.

The VMS signs, which have Highways Agency approval for replicating Chapter 8 signage, give customers the choice to create more ‘stand out’ messaging by replicating brand logos and using multiple colours, on roads where TSRDG (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions) regulations are not in force.

BAA now has the ability to project often fast-changing passenger information using individual airline’s brand colours and logos. Martin Draper BAA Landside Senior Operations Manager at Heathrow said, “The visual impact of colour on these signs has had an immediate positive effect on traffic flow. Terminal 2 is currently an extremely busy part of the airport roads network due to the volume of construction traffic, traffic management restrictions and the need for our customers to access terminals 1 and 3, and the signs have proved invaluable in minimising disruption.”

“The signs are performing well 24/7 and we’re particularly pleased with the longevity of battery life and Web Studio, the sign management system, which provides flexibility to change messages instantly from any Internet enabled PC. We can produce and schedule our own messages and graphics and see the exact location and real time message of each sign simply by logging into the system.”

To find out more about MVIS visit www.m-vis.co.uk



Transport for London (TfL) has commended mobile signage and eco-lighting provider, Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS) Ltd, for its “outstanding” contribution to The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Until recently known as Colour Mobile VMS, MVIS undertook TfL’s contract to supply variable message signage for the event’s Olympic Route Network.

In what is believed to be the largest single deployment of solar powered variable message signs in the world, almost 200 units were employed for the network, enabling key participants, such as athletes and officials, to travel safely, securely and efficiently between venues and their accommodation, while also keeping London and the rest of the UK moving.

As the event closed, TfL’s London streets traffic control centre operations manager, Esmon George MBE MILT, contacted the team at MVIS personally to thank them for their “outstanding support”, adding: “We couldn’t have achieved what we did without you”.

TfL’s operational process improvements manager, John Tenten, was also impressed by MVIS’ work, saying: “Your assistance during the games made our role considerably easier”.

Commented MVIS managing director Tony Price:  “Because our sign management system allows multiple signs to be grouped, messages were sent to multiple signs on different parts of the Olympic Route Network in a single transmission.  This allowed TfL to dynamically control access to the Games Lane, ensuring that athletes, press and VIPs transited quickly and safely, and that London’s traffic kept flowing. The fact that the signs displayed the Games Lane messages in different colours enabled road users to instantly identify whether the lane was in use.

“We’re delighted to have been a part of such a massive international event, and TfL’s praise is testament to our capability within this sector.”

For more information see www.m-vis.co.uk

MVIS continues expansion with senior sales appointment

Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS) has appointed seasoned sales professional, Graeme Lee, to support its continued growth plans.

With over 10 years experience in the VMS sector, Graeme has a wealth of technical knowledge and is well known in the industry. Managing Director of MVIS, Tony Price said, “I am delighted that Graeme has joined our team and his appointment underpins our future growth commitment.”

Graeme Lee is equally pleased with his appointment and said, “I am relishing the opportunity to work with MVIS. They’re an innovative, fast-moving company, with a great product/service offering that can make a real difference.”

For more information about MVIS see www.m-vis.co.uk

A fantastic achievement by everyone invovled…

“Delivering this contract has been immensely satisfying, but has required a huge team effort, from the very beginning.

A massive thank you to Bartco, our innovative Australian manufacturers, whose innovative and flexible approach to procurement and manufacturing was matched only by their determination to hit the shipment dates.

A 10,000 mile supply chain length, weather, port closures, flight delays and customs issues were all overcome to get the signs into
the UK on time.

The contract could not have been achieved without our Leeds based commercial funder, Reward Capital LLP and Affinity Asset Finance, so their help was very much appreciated.

And the rolling deployment of the 177 signs onto the London roads was project managed superbly by Steve Young of Colour Mobile VMS and Phil Harrop of P&D Specialist Services. Traffic Management for the deployment across London was co-ordinated by Ringway Jacobs and the flexible attitude and attention to detail of all the traffic management teams involved was instrumental in making this achievement possible.

Deployment was also supported by Hw Martin group of companies from their Amber Langis depot at Harlow.

The facts and figures:

  • Order placed for 175 solar powered portable VMS signs
  • 10,000 mile supply chain
  • 14 flights from Melbourne, Australia and
    Hong Kong
  • 22 containers on 8 ships
  • Averaging 35 days at sea for each shipment
  • 15 weeks to delivery date
  • All 177 solar powered VMS signs now on the streets on London!

This manufacture, delivery and deployment project has been a fantastic achievement by all involved.”

Thank you,
Tony Price MD Colour Mobile VMS

World’s largest deployment of solar powered VMS signs

Colour Mobile VMS and P&D Specialist Services have completed the deployment of 177 variable message signs for Transport for London (TfL), believed to be the largest single deployment of this type of signs in the world.

The solar powered five-colour portable signs have been positioned along the city’s Olympic Route Network (ORN) for The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 10,000 mile supply chain saw the companies meticulously manage 22 40ft containers on eight ships from Melbourne, Australia and 14 flights from Hong Kong in just 35 days.

Tony Price, Managing Director of Colour Mobile said, “Delivering this phase of the contract to schedule amid extreme weather conditions, port closures, flight delays and customs issues is immensely satisfying.

We’re certain this deployment of solar powered portable VMS signs onto the ORN has been the biggest of its type in the UK and quite likely globally. We worked closely with delivery partner P&D and Ringway Jacobs traffic management to ensure TfL could begin using the signs straight away.”

The signs are being used to provide information on events, traffic information and Olympic Route Network messages for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Find out more www.colourmobilevms.com



Colour Mobile VMS CRUISEs to Highways Maintenance Show

Pioneering mobile signage and eco-lighting provider, Colour Mobile VMS, is launching its Comprehensive Road User Information Systems and Equipment (CRUISE) package, in conjunction with P&D Specialist Services, at Highways Maintenance on May 30th, 2012.

CRUISE is designed to enhance road user experience around roadwork zones while simultaneously creating a safer environment for road workers to operate. The system consists of four variants of variable message sign, mast mounted CCTV and digital wave radar and Web Studio, the company’s bespoke sign management system.

The versatile modular package is anchored to a solar powered platform and can be maintained with ease, as the parts are fully interchangeable.

Tony Price, MD of Colour Mobile VMS says: “We’re proud to have worked alongside P&D Specialist Services to develop this innovative and comprehensive system, which not only makes it easier for drivers to navigate through traffic management areas, but also creates a safer environment for road workers to operate. Highways Maintenance provides the ideal target audience to launch CRUISE and we’re looking forward to some positive feedback.”

For full CRUISE specification information please visit the Colour Mobile VMS at stand 3 at the Highways Maintenance exhibition, visit www.colourmobilevms.com or call 01629 735 295.

Colour Mobile VMS is proud to be sourcing its revolutionary variable message signs exclusively in the UK, from reputable international road safety equipment specialist, Bartco.

Colour Mobile VMS to provide multi colour VMS signs to support Olympic Route Network

Colour Mobile VMS and P&D Specialist Services are proud to announce that they will be supplying Solar Powered Portable Variable Message Signs in support of the Olympic Route Network over the Olympic and Para Olympic games period 2012.

177 multi colour variable message signs will be delivered, installed and supported for the Olympic Route Network, strategic signing and road events. These innovative signs will start to be seen on London roads towards the end of April.

Tony Price, MD of Colour Mobile VMS said, “We are extremely proud to have been selected and to be involved in this once in a life time event. Our signs incorporate the latest in remote communications technology, a state of the art sign management system and multi colour messaging options. We are looking forward to delivering and surpassing the requirements of the contract. We are confident the visual impact delivered by our product will add significant value to the overall Olympic traffic management plan.”

If you want to find out more about Colour Mobile VMS visit www.colourmobilevms.com

UK First: Colour Mobile VMS brings Colour to UK highways

Innovative signage provider, Colour Mobile VMS, is set to brighten up UK roads with the provision of its new five-colour variable message signs.

This is the first time the Highways Agency has approved mobile signage for use in colours other than amber. The Colour Mobile VMS products will feature colour options of amber, red, white, green and blue.

This is an exciting development on the UK roads as colour is an impactful way to gain drivers’ attention about road conditions, speed enforcement, traffic calming and incidents. Chapter 8 signage can be replicated and colour is internationally recongised as warning signage, so there are many advantages.

The colour message signs have already started to appear at events around the UK and now with official approval from the Highways Agency, expectations for the signage are high.

Another exciting advantage of the new messaging signs, which will transform response times to incidents and change on our motorway network, is the ability to update messages instantly by SMS text message. This is a major development for traffic agencies and roadwork companies as they can keep the public up to date with what is happening, in seconds from their mobile phone.

The environmentally-friendly signs feature a non-glare, high-bright, low-power consuming LED display, which runs off a fully autonomous solar changing system, avoiding the need for expensive battery or electricity costs.

Tony Price, Managing Director at Colour Mobile VMS says, “This is the first time mobile colour signage for UK highways has been available in the UK, so we’re expecting a very positive response to the products. The signs will be of particular interest to any organisation managing traffic control and road incidents, plus those who already supply to that trade.

“All our customers can be assured of the highest quality products and complete reliability. They are proven and tested and widely used by our manufacturer BARTCO in Australia. But because we are UK based, we can offer 24/7 service and support. We welcome conversations from all parties interested in the colour matrix signs.”

Colour Mobile VMS is officially launching the colour matrix signs at Traffex on March 29-31, 2011 at stand C74. For further information please visit www.colourmobilevms.com