Swarco demonstrates full-colour LED VMS technology
Visitors to the Swarco stand 10.103 are confronted with the very latest development in LED variable message signs. The new fully graphic, full-colour LED VMS by Austrian signalling specialist Swarco Futurit is not only able to display the usual signs, but is also suitable to show images and moving pictures, almost in TV quality.
The product shown in Amsterdam has around 10m2 of display surface. A sister VMS with 24.5m2 has been installed in the Stockholm Norra Länken tunnel where it is part of an art project to make driving in the tunnel less monotonous.
Futurit product manager Wolfgang Ernst provides the impressive details of the VMS: “The approximate 3x4m-sized VMS works with a pixel pitch of 20mm and uses 24,576 lenses with a brilliant light output provided by a total of 73,728 LEDs.“ Due to Swarco’s ACHILLES technology (Advanced Controller for Highly Integrated Long Lasting Economical Signs), the VMS has an astonishingly low power consumption of typically 280W. Even if all LEDs of the matrix are switched on in white, the consumption will not exceed 1,300W, which is less power than is normally required to operate a vacuum cleaner.
As Swarco points out, this is further proof of the company’s competence in not only providing displays with excellent optical qualities, but also helping highway authorities to reduce the pressure on their budgets to operate traffic infrastructure. Additionally, the very low energy needs prolong the life of the LEDs and in the long run will minimise the total cost of ownership of such VMS.