Highly visible signs
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Siemens says that the Elektra enclosures are sealed and include integral work positioning attachments for safe working during installation, commission and ongoing maintenance
Siemens is offering a sophisticated variable message sign (VMS), developed in the UK. The firm's new Elektra family of VMS is said to offer a versatile solution to meet the requirements of variable message signs in a wide variety of applications. Elektra provides visible information to drivers, helping reduce traffic congestion and journey times while minimising pollution levels from queuing traffic. Available in a range of different enclosure sizes, with display characters from 100-320mm and easy integration to new and existing UTMC management systems, Elektra can deliver real time information to motorists. The system features advanced surface mount technology that is said to ensure accurate alignment of display modules and also uses efficient low power control electronics. Elektra offers the option of dual colour red/green displays while the new enclosure is said to offer easy access for maintenance along with several mounting options. These include conventional multi pole installations as well as a range of monopole cantilevered structures. Simple mechanisms with monopole installations allow efficient adjustment for carriageway alignment and optional elevation of the sign. This minimises the time required on site and any associated traffic management congestion. The Elektra VMS line also uses components in common with the latest Siemens Gemini UTMC outstations, reducing the range of spares required by engineers. The package is fully compatible with the Siemens Outstation Support Server, providing efficient monitoring of faults and upgrading of firmware or sign configurations with minimum effort required on site.