E-ink traffic signs installed in Sydney
Motorists in Sydney, Australia, are experiencing the latest advancements for road traffic signage after the city's Road and Maritime Services (RMS) firm installed e-ink signs in efforts to reduce costs on changeovers for special occasions.
Combining developments from US manufacturer E Ink, and European Visionect's technology for e-paper, the RMS implemented a solar-powered system, which can be managed wirelessly over a mobile network and is optimised to improve visibility for travellers at night.
"The hardware components are managed by server software programmed to 'wake up' the sign for certain pre-scheduled windows of time when the content on the sign will be changed using 3G technology," explains Visionect's head of product development Rok Zalar. "Outside of the 'waking' time, the traffic signs use no power."