BROOKINGS, S.D. - August 03, 2006 – Daktronics Inc. (Nasdaq-DAKT)of Brookings, S.D., announces that the Nevada Department of Transportation, who recently became a new customer in the Transportation market, purchased and installed new signs from the Vanguard® VF-2000 product line.
Daktronics was the first vendor approved for the Nevada DOT’s Qualified Products Listin 2004 and the first order for variable message signs was placed in the spring of 2005.
In the spring of 2006, the first two signs were installed, one in Las Vegas and the other in Carson City. The Carson City sign is used in conjunction with the Washoe Valley Wind Warning System, which informs motorists of wind speed when driving through the Washoe Valley. This system is crucial to motorists while driving through the Washoe Valley because recorded wind speeds have reached 100 mph. The sign in Las Vegas will display traveler information including:
- Weather advisories
- Traffic management
- Details and AMBER Alerts
The Nevada DOT chose Daktronics as its dynamic sign provider because of the Vanguard® VMS product quality, life cycle cost, and ease of use.
"The best part about these signs is the controller functionality," said Tom Moore, principal engineer with the Nevada DOT. "Not only that but the ease of programming and the sign’s maintainability. Daktronics did an awesome job."
The ease of programming comes from the capability of being able to program messages with the keypad on the controller and the easy setup of the sign configuration with the keypad. Performing diagnostics is also easily accomplished using the controller keypad.
"Daktronics has been great to work with and did an outstanding job to meet all our needs," said Moore.
The Nevada DOT will install more than 30 Vanguard® signs in the next few years. The new signs will display weather advisories, traffic management details, and AMBER Alerts throughout the state.