220.127.116.11 VMS Features
VMS features include:
- Editing the current VMS message displays in a preview window that contains the correct number of rows and columns for the selected sign.
- An Edit Message window that lets the operator key in a message to be displayed on the VMS sign and preview it in the True Display area before posting it to the sign.
- Displaying existing VMS messages in the Edit Message True Display area.
- The Edit Message window formats the message as it is being keyed in the Message edit box and displays it in the True Display area on the window. The following formatting is performed:
- All lines are centered.
- A page with one line of text is displayed on the center line.
- A page with two lines of text is displayed on the first and third line.
- Route types, numbers and directions are displayed on the same line.
- Exit (EX) and exit numbers are displayed on the same line.
- Directions containing the Route on which the incident is located and the direction are displayed on one line, if they fit. Otherwise they are displayed on separate lines making sure that Route types, numbers and directions are displayed on the same line and Exit (EX) and exit numbers are displayed on the same line.
18.104.22.168.1 VMS Show True Display Window Features
The VMS Show True Display Window features include the following:
- WYSIWYG Show True Display window displays the current message.
- The Show True Display window will scroll through the pages of a multiple page message.
- A VMS control menu may be accessed by right clicking the Show True Display window
- Changing the message on a sign can be accomplished by dropping the message on the Show True Display window for that sign.
- The Map Show True Display feature allows the user to replace the map VMS symbol with the current display of the sign.
22.214.171.124.2 VMS Message Libraries
The VMS editor can be launched from either the map or CHART II Navigator. It allows the operator to see the true form of the VMS sign display as the operator types the messages. It obeys the syntax rules concerning keeping together groups of text such as I 95 N, as specified in the design document and exemplified in figure 4-39.
- VMS message libraries allow the user to create and save messages, which may later be sent to signs by operators.
- The operator can create multiple libraries under the VMS Message Libraries node.
- Each library can have many messages.
- Messages can be dragged and dropped on one or more VMS objects on either the Navigator or the map.
- Messages can be copied by dragging them to a VMS message library. The copy of the message may then be modified.
- Automatic rename - System can automatically suggest names for objects as they are moved. Currently objects are named according to type and location. i.e. camera I495 WB and 187.
Figure 4-39. VMS Editor
CSC/PBFI Advantage: The VMS Editor shows the operator what a message will look like when displayed on a VMS.