The Evolution of the Solar IP

Bartco UK are renowned for innovative, top class mobile VMS and Intelligent Transport Systems. One innovation Bartco UK have blazed a trail with, is their status as the only UK manufacturer of solar powered, mobile variable message signs (VMS) and the Solar IP

The combination of equipment housed in the Solar IP platform may be easily altered to meet the client’s changing requirements.

It is simple and cost-effective to deploy, requiring no civil engineering and third-party communications.

Bartco Managing Director Pat Musgrave is the brains behind the Solar IP, with the product, and company truly ahead of the curve when it came to greener, sustainable ITS solutions.

Pat explained to us where the demand for such a product came from:

“Back in 2011 when I first got involved with a gentleman by the name of Tony Price at Colour Mobile VMS, he was looking for an autonomous power and communications platform – so I got my creative head on and came up with the initial idea of converting an A size VMS sign, and things snowballed from there.

“What we ended up with was a product that perfectly fit the brief:  A reliable power and comms platform for multiple ITS products. The Solar IP was born and was immediately unique as a ‘plug and play’ system allowing for easy installation, changeover and removal.”

Over the last 8 years, the Solar IP has evolved, improved and been developed with both power and communications improvements- with the efficiency of both being increased over time.

Additionally, Bartco UK introduced adjustable solar panels and a new military level specification of mast.

The Solar IP has multiple applications, and a client may select their preferred combination of any number of items from Bartco’s portfolio of ANPRCCTV, Bluetooth and Wavetronix radar – all are accommodated on the Solar IP.

Anne Ashman, Bartco UK General Manager added:

“The Solar IP, with an inception in 2011, is still the most reliable, universal and interchangeable power and communications platform on the market.

“It also has the smallest platform, it can be towed in and doesn’t always have to be hiabed in so a much  quicker and safer delivery, it has a smaller platform so can easily be located within the works and not get in the way and it also uses less batteries, so is more efficient and green.