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In the UK, Variable Message Signs (VMS) are a key method of communicating information to motorists about road conditions or specific events for their own safety. Here, we look at how VMS units work, the different options available and the benefits from using these systems. What are Variable Message Signs? VMS products are an integral [...]

A Guide to Vehicle Activated Speed Signs (VAS)

Vehicle Activated Speed Signs (VAS) are highly advanced, eye-catching signs used on both public and private highways across the whole of the UK. These devices have been proven to have a drastic impact on the road in regards to traffic calming and speed reductions. The following guide aims to provide an overview of VAS. This [...]


Every 22 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on UK roads. Now more than ever, road safety is of paramount importance. To combat ongoing road safety issues, legislation changes are being implemented all over the UK, including reducing speed limits in busy residential areas from 30 to 20mph. Schools zones in particular have faced [...]


At Messagemaker Displays, we have an experienced and knowledgeable team. Here, we talk to Santosh Surabi, our Technical Director, about his current role and the future projects he is looking forward to working on. Could you tell us a bit about your career history? I began as a maintenance engineer at a car manufacturing plant [...]

Guide to Lost Time Injury Boards

A lost time injury board is a bold and effective tool in the communication and prevention of the number of accidents in the workplace. By keeping track of accidents and openly sharing this to both staff and visitors, each individual is kept in the loop and is made aware of the importance of working safely [...]

Guide to Automatic number-plate recognition systems (ANPR)

ANPR stands for Automatic Number Plate Recognition. Automatic number-plate recognition is a technology that uses optical character recognition on images to read vehicle registration plates to create vehicle location data. It can use existing closed-circuit television, road-rule enforcement cameras, or cameras specifically designed for the task. This type of system is a very handy tool [...]

ITS Breakfast Meeting November 2021

Finally, the time had come for Messagemaker Displays to host their first ITS Breakfast Meeting... a real physical, in-person event! The meeting took place on the 11th November at 8. am in the newly built Demo Room in Surrey. As a proud member of ITS UK, we have been eagerly awaiting to host this ITS [...]

Meet Nigel Parke

At Messagemaker Displays, we have an experienced and knowledgeable team. Here, we talk to Nigel Parke, our Business Development Manager about his current role and what he hopes to achieve in the coming years with the company. Hi Nigel, could you start by telling us a bit about your career history? After leaving school, I [...]

The Benefits of solar-powered traffic signs

What is solar energy? Solar energy is in the form of light, produced by the Sun. Solar energy is a renewable source of energy. It is free and does not damage the environment. Most electricity is made by burning fossil fuels, which realise carbon dioxide and pollution. Solar energy does not release anything into the [...]