Matlock firm is ‘best of the best’

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Matlock-based Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions provider, Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS), has been acknowledged as the best start-up business in the region, in the Sheffield City Regional Business Awards.

Until last autumn, when it was joined by transport technology contractor P&D Specialist Services Ltd, MVIS was known as Colour Mobile VMS. The union followed a joint venture between the companies to deliver a major contract for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it was in recognition of this contract that the Tansley based firm won the best start-up title, just three years after Colour Mobile VMS was established by Tony Price.

In what is believed to be the largest single deployment of solar powered variable message signs (VMS) in the world, MVIS supplied almost 200 units for the Olympic Route Network, enabling key participants to travel safely, securely and efficiently between venues and their accommodation, while also keeping London and the rest of the UK moving.

One year on, and MVIS’ product portfolio now includes a wide range of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions in addition to VMS signs, including ANPR, CCTV, radar and lighting, and clients include the Metropolitan Police and numerous events organisations.

MVIS’ award was presented at a gala event at Sheffield’s Ponds Ford sports centre, and attended by hundreds, including the region’s Chamber of Commerce heads, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, senior figures from Sheffield College and Hallam University, and industry leaders.

Organised by Sheffield Newspapers and the Chambers of Commerce, the event was hosted by BBC Look North presenter Clare Frisby, and the speaker was Sir Howard Davies, former deputy governor of the Bank of England.

Sheffield Star editor, Jeremy Clifford, described the event as “the showcase for the best of the best”. Said MVIS’ managing director, Tony Price: “We are delighted to have won this award. It is a great recognition for the team, during what is shaping up to be another fantastic year for MVIS.”

MVIS began 2013 with the launch of a series of new ITS solutions, and then went on to expand its team with the appointment of a UK sales manager and a technical manager. A few weeks ago, the company’s Solar 2012 CCTV cameras made their Royal Ascot debut, playing a crucial role in the event’s traffic management plan, helping to prevent congestion around the world-famous event.