Bartco won product design award for LED Fire Danger Rating Sign
Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty Ltd
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As summer rages on in Australia, a new system is being implemented to accurately communicate changes in the Fire Danger Rating and provide additional alert messages as needed for local commuters.
New automated signs run on solar power and use mobile technology to update the electronic display. Previously, each sign had to be update manually, with an authorized employee driving to each sign to update the information. As well as being inefficient, the manual signs were prone to vandalism.
Bartco Visual Information Systems recently won a product design award for their patented electronic fire danger rating sign, and shared that they created the winning design by working with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to understand the needs of the region. The automated signs are solar powered and update automatically via an RSS feed from the CFA website over cellular communications.
“We knew that community awareness of fire danger ratings was a critical factor in helping people prepare when fire risk is extreme. The EFDRS was invented to provide a highly visible, always-on warning system that can be quickly and automatically updated from one location via our programming software. Independent research conducted recently has proven how effective the community finds this new technology, with over 80% of people surveyed believing the EFDRS was more noticeable, up-to-date and reliable.” ~Tim Brouwer, General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Bartco
Victoria is the first state to implement the new signs, with three of them being erected just before summer started. The region currently has about 350 static fire danger rating signs and hopes to augment these with a total of 65 automated signs throughout the state. The CFA also provides fire danger rating information on their website or by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line at 1800.240.667.
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