The Solar Message Center was the first changeable
message sign to incorporate solar power into its design. The SMC-1000 HE is designed for low
maintenance, ease-of-use, and reliability.
Patented Optical Assembly - The SMC-1000 HE has a three line, eight character
message board that uses a patented optical assembly to emit bright distinctive messages. Each
character board uses a 5x7 pixel matrix that produces an 18" x 12" amber character (590 nanometers)
that can be seen from more that 1000 feet away in any weather condition. Each 2" pixel is composed
of 48 separate facets to create a fully illuminated image.
The SMC-1000 HE automatically adjusts illumination intensity to accommodate
any light conditions. The character board array is covered by a UV inhibited and impact resistant
lexan shield to prevent fading and create the greatest transmission of light.
The SMC-1000 HE displays up to six messages in sequence, with variable timing. The SMC-1000 HE's message board is supported by
a hydraulic telescoping support that enables it to be raised a maximum of seven feet and rotated
360 degrees. The sign also has locking mechanism to secure it during display and travel modes.
30-day Power Supply - The SMC-1000 HE uses two power sources: the battery bank
and a standard 120-volt AC outlet. The battery bank supplies power for 30 days without sun. The
solar panel array recharges the battery bank in 2.5 hours for one 24- hour period of use. The
battery bank contains 4-D, deep cycle, lead acid 12-volt batteries wired in parallel. They are
locked in heavy duty weather proof steel battery boxes.
250 Preprogrammed Messages - The SMC-1000 HE is controlled by an on-board
dedicated computer manufactured by Precision Solar Controls, Inc. Its modular design, full keyboard
and L.C.D. screen make it very easy to use. It holds 250 preprogrammed messages, and stores up to
250 custom messages. It's capable of displaying up to six messages in sequence and storing up to
100 sequences. The on-board computer has a diagnostic program and password coding, and provides a
control to monitor all major power and resource functions. The computer and power control unit are
encased in a shock and weather resistant, lockable control box.
The power control unit regulates the system control charge, the batteries, and
the message board. Its modular design incorporates a PV regulator, with thermal compensation for
variances in ambient temperature, which controls the battery bank charge rate. You can monitor the
amperage generated by the battery charger and the solar panels via displays placed on the front
- Top solar panel mounting for maximum exposure to sun without shadows
- 4 Leveling jacks for proper placement and stability
- Heavy duty surge brakes
- Sighting device to assure proper directional alignment
- 360° message panel rotation with hand brake
- Easily accessible message panel
- UV inhibited clear lexan panel
- Built-in 115VAC battery charger
- 12 volt non-hazardous operation
- 115VAC operation capacity
- Efficient long life L.E.D. lamps - 10+ years average operational life
- Separate passwords for operation and programming
- Flashing message function
- Expanded message storage capacity - 250 message capacity - 100 sequence capacity