Metro VMS


Metro Variable Message Signs are our most compact portable signs, designed for use in metropolitan areas where space is limited. The Metro VMS features a full matrix of high-efficiency LEDs for outstanding legibility with reduced energy consumption and superior performance. The display is available in two sizes.

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  • Under 1500 pounds, can be towed by most vehicles
  • Standard 2-inch ball coupler tow-hitch
  • Heavy-duty hand-winch allows one person to easily raise and lower the message board
  • Tower rotates for optimal positioning
  • Self-contained onboard control system, no laptop required
  • Full-color touchscreen controller with high-resolution display
  • Multi-level password protection restricts access to control software
  • Preprogrammed text messages, symbols and graphics
  • Easily center each line of text
  • Internal clock facilitates schedule programming
  • Multiple alphanumeric fonts
  • Extra-bold arrow patterns
  • Control box can be locked to prevent unauthorized access
  • Optical lenses and sunshades increase visibility
  • High-efficiency LEDs for outstanding legibility
Power system
  • Battery powered and solar charging
  • Energy-efficient operation results in long run times
  • Solar panels charge batteries automatically without intervention
  • Charging system shuts down when batteries are fully charged, preventing damage
  • Power system allows battery charging with solar panels or commercial power
  • Cooling fans prevent battery charger from overheating
  • Battery box can be locked to prevent unauthorized access
  • Maintenance-free batteries
  • Individual display modules can be replaced easily
  • Standard trailer tires
  • Heavy-duty bolt-on steel fenders can be replaced if damaged
  • Durable powder-coat finish resists the elements
Standards compliance
  • NTCIP compliant
  • Meets NEMA TS 4-2005 Section 2 for ambient temperature, vibration, shock, electro-static discharge (ESD), and radio interference
  • Large or medium display size
  • 5-color display in large size
Charging system
  • Additional batteries
  • Additional solar power
Tow hitch
  • Combo-hitch for 2-inch ball and 2 1/2-inch pintle hook
Other options

†Some options may not be available for aftermarket installation. Please consult factory.

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Large sign

Medium sign

Large signApprox. 1500 lbs. (680 kg)
Medium signApprox. 1400 lbs. (635 kg)
TrailerMIG-welded, 2 x 3-inch square steel tubing
Sign cabinetAluminum sheet
CoatingPowder-coated and oven-baked
Axle assembly2000-lb. capacity tubular axle
5-hole 4.5-inch bolt circle pattern on idler hub
60-inch wheel track
Double eye leaf springs, 1200-lb. capacity per spring
TiresST205/75 D15
Display — amber
Pixel matrixLarge sign, 60 x 30 pixels
Medium sign, 48 x 30 pixels
34mm pitch
Fonts12 fonts, from 4 x 5 to 11 x 23 pixels
Default font12 in., 5x9 pixels per character
3 lines of 10 characters per line, max. (large sign)
3 lines of 8 characters per line, max. (medium sign)
Display — color
Pixel matrixLarge sign, 50 x 24 pixels
42mm pitch
Control panel interface
7-inch color touchscreen, capacitive response
800 x 480 pixels, W x H
Graphics software — color display
Wanco Graphics message editor
PC-based software
BatteriesTwo 4D AGM 12Vdc batteries
Battery capacity400 Ah
Battery charger15 A
Solar panels85 W

†Specifications subject to change without notice.

The Metro VMS is a compact message sign on a compact trailer. The full-matrix display can present messages as text, graphics, or a combination of both, for traffic safety, emergency response, and special events.

The trailer is easy to maneuver and deploy, particularly in urban areas where traffic is heavy and space is limited. For optimal positioning, the sign rotates independent of the trailer, and its height is fully adjustable using the integrated heavy-duty hand-winch. Power for Metro signs is provided by maintenance-free batteries and a automated solar charging system.

Metro signs use Wanco’s high-resolution touchscreen controller, which features a bright, full-color 7-inch screen with big buttons and an intuitive interface.

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