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Australia's Bartco Traffic Equip links with UK firm

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Two leading intelligent transport systems (ITS) providers have announced two new joint venture companies to extend their global reach and bring the benefits of their solutions to new international markets.

Australia’s Bartco Traffic Equipment Pty and UK’s P&D Specialist Services (Holdings) Ltd will launch their new joint venture companies, Bartco UK and MVIS AUS at Intertraffic Amsterdam 2014 (25-28th March 2014).

Established in Australia in 1995, Bartco is a well-known international innovator, bringing to market a range of portable solar powered traffic equipment, including its five colour matrix variable message signs (VMS), which hit the UK market in 2012. 

The signs made their UK debut on the world stage at London’s Olympic Route Network as part of a joint venture between P&D Specialist Services and Colour Mobile VMS, now MVIS Ltd. Almost 200 units were employed for the network in what was believed to be the single largest deployment of solar powered portable VMS signs in the world.

Bartco most recently created the roadside Electronic Fire Danger Rating Sign, which won the Product Design Award at Victoria’s Fire Awareness Awards in December. Deployed throughout Victoria by the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the sign replaced the old manually-set Fire Danger Rating signs with the latest in LED-based, solar powered technology that was remotely managed and controlled by the CFA from its State Operations Centre.

Bartco UK will become Europe’s first manufacturer of the portable VMS. Based in Derbyshire, UK, Bartco UK will be the sales and manufacturing division of Bartco’s innovative portable electronic VMS for the UK, European and northern hemisphere markets.

It will be located alongside Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS) Ltd, part of the P&D Specialist Services (Holdings) Ltd group.

MVIS Ltd will continue to manufacture portable ITS solutions including ANPR, CCTV, radar and lighting and supply these to the UK, European and Northern Hemisphere markets. While Bartco’s VMS will still be available via MVIS Ltd as part of its rental business, the signs will now also be sold directly to those markets by Bartco UK.

MVIS AUS will be the new Australian division of MVIS Ltd. Based in Melbourne, Australia alongside Bartco in Port Melbourne, MVIS AUS will market MVIS Ltd’s range of products across Australia and the southern hemisphere, bringing the benefits of their bespoke temporary ITS solutions within the easy reach of a new international market.

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