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  • ITS Tech Talk 3 - How do Electronic Road Signs Work?

ITS Tech Talk 3 - How do Electronic Road Signs Work?

Thu 05 Nov 2020


Webinar recording is available in the ITS Australia Portal.

ITS Australia's ITS Tech Talk series is transport technology 101. Each episode will serve as an introduction to one key part of the ITS industry . . . this is episode 3.

This talk will give a brief overview of the standards and underlying technologies of electronic road signs and focus on the considerations that must be taken when manufacturing them. We’ll also take a brief look at the future of electronic signs and where we might be heading with operator to driver communications. Register for this, and all of our upcoming ITS Tech Talks, through the ITS Australia Portal.

What you will learn

  • What’s the difference between an electronic road sign and an electronic billboard?
  • What happens when we don’t follow standards?
  • What is the future of electronic road signs? What will they look like?

Who should attend

All technical information in this talk will be presented in an easily digestible way with a non-technical audience in mind. Anyone who deals with electronic road signs on any level should be able to learn something during this talk.


  • Free for ITS Australia members
  • $20/session for non-members


Dr Mahmood Hikmet Head of Research and Development / Ohmio and HMI Technologies

Your questions answered by our presenter

Get in touch with HMI Technologies.

Can flip dots be used in outdoor applications?

How do you see the role of adopting global standards for signs in the region - around technical specifications (EN:12966) and communication protocols (e.g. NTCIP etc.)

With the development of full colour full matrix signs, road authorities are only using about 20% of their application - a bit like having a smart phone - what can be done to make better use of these OR will the smart phone replace DMS in the future?

Do you think the VSX transition will be anytime soon - your view on this compared to the US or Europe for example?

What sort of savings can a jurisdiction expect from switching from existing technologies to full colour/full matrix - are they cost effective?

On very large signs, there is an issue with in rush current, how can you as designers reduce this (and all the other aspects that go with that for customers - e.g. surge protection, UPS needs etc.)

Transition from Road signs to V2X ecosystems, there will be duration where car computer vision should be able to read signs. We know current signs are not quite suitable to be read by computer vision. What is your view on making road signs where computer vision can read?

Upcoming ITS Tech Talk

  • Episode 4 - What is AI and Where Do We See it on Roads Now?
    Thurs. 3 December 2020, 3:00-3:30pm AEDT


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