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Bespoke signage for Newcastle car parks

Improving customer experience with bespoke signage for Newcastle Council car parks

Where: Multi-storey car parks, Newcastle

Challenge:  Replace old signage to improve the customer experience for car park users

Solution: Car park advertising using bespoke Info1000 signage installed across the three sites with customizable message function using GSM technology.

The situation

Newcastle City Council operates 8 multi-storey car parks in the city centre which each see a very high volume of users. The city observed an average of 18m visitors to Newcastle per year before the pandemic, with tourism experiencing significant year on year growth. Often a car park is the first building many visitors to a city centre encounter and so it is important to put forward a modern and well-organised appearance. As visitor numbers continued to grow, the council identified the need to update some of the car parks across the city.

The challenge

Existing signage installed within the car parks across the city had not been updated in several years and involved printed messaging on metal boards. The council wanted to improve the customer experience and be able to update them with messaging on the signs when required.

Given the nature of car parks and general column-free structure, the signs had to be installed in specific locations with restricted ceiling height and be able to withstand the heavy wear from traffic. It was also important to avoid creating obstructions and to accommodate traffic flow patterns to ensure optimum visibility for the signage.

Key Benefits

  • Trusted numbers activation
  • Sign can be pre-programmed with up to ten designated messages
  • Capability of displaying free text
  • Override switch installed in the base to switch between pre-set messages
  • Bespoke design
  • Quick turnaround for unique design with in-house manufacturing
  • Sleek design to fit in with existing building work

The solution

TWM Traffic Control Systems was identified as a recommended supplier and so Newcastle City Council reached out to request a quote for a new signage solution for car park advertising at three of their sites. TWM put forward a competitive proposal that successfully won the business.

The solution involved the Info 1000 Variable Message sign which has the ability to display two pages of text which can alternate between each other for three seconds. The sign has a black non-reflective 200mm border that surrounds a black background, which is ideal for such a heavy traffic space. Control of the sign is possible via an SMS text message sent by a registered trusted number.

This level of security avoids any unauthorised messages being displayed on the signs and also allows for remote updates of the sign when required, without the need to be on-site to update the messaging.

The signage is mains powered for guaranteed performance, has the functionality of displaying free text and also features an override switch installed in the base to switch between pre-set messages if required.

Next steps

As we emerge from the pandemic and tourism begins to recover across the UK, we can expect car parks to experience the same volume of traffic witnessed before lockdown, and as such further upgrades are likely. Following the success of the initial installations, TWM hopes to work with Newcastle City Council again to further improve car park advertising across the city.

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