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Swarco launches Zephyr software for traffic sign control

First publishedin World Highways
October 2017
Swarco has launched Zephyr, a cloud-based software package to provide local authorities with total control over traffic sign assets and strategy


Swarco said that Zephyr allows authorities full flexibility over their assets, including variable message signs and trailer VMS, car parking signs, vehicle-activated signs and school warning signs. A web-based interface enables users to edit message and pictogram displays at the touch of a button, as well as upload new text and graphics as required, explained Andrew Walker, business development manager of Swarco Traffic. The interface also comes with a TSRGD - Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 - rule checker to ensure that messages comply with industry regulations.

The software features drag and drop windows and the ability to dock certain assets so that they remain in view if required.

Key features of the interface include pan/zoom maps, enabling each of the assets to be easily located and their status monitored. Key features also include: the current messages displayed, schedules for any changes that are due and red flags for any faults or errors that could impact the signs’ operation. The software also enables the segmentation of data to include traffic count or car park occupancy that can be detailed in a separate report.

“Users can even set ‘mass messages’ to display across a region, which is ideal to alert the public of upcoming events or diversions,” said Walker. To access the interface, all that is needed is a web browser such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox. Individual password-protected staff accounts can be created so that each user can set their own preferences. This also means that security can’t be compromised by allocating the same details to a group of users.

Signs can be connected to Zephyr using a variety of communications such as GPRS, 3G, 4G and other wireless networks.

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