In many environments such as roads or public buildings there are dynamic signs to provide information that may change, now there’s a way to inspect them – ISO 23456.
The International Organization for Standards (ISO) have long paved the way in standards and regulations for signage across various sectors. With the new ISO 23456 standard, the ISO is simplifying how to inspect those signs that need to display in a digital or dynamic fashion so that it can be altered. This might be a dynamic sign on a motorway to warn for roadworks or reduce the speed or could be public safety messages in shopping centres; dynamic signs are everywhere, and their maintenance is highly important. Regardless of industry or operating sector, if your organisation uses, maintains, or manufactures dynamic signs, then digital inspection solutions together with ISO 23456 is the way forward.
In pairing the new standard with a digital inspection solution, inspectors get the benefit of clear instructions and easy to use tools. Traditional inspection has meant using pen and paper to inspect regular signs for wear and tear, but dynamic and more complex signs require better inspection. It is much more difficult to describe the fault in a digital display when using pen and paper than it is with a picture on a smartphone. Digital inspection solutions often run on smartphones or tablets to allow users to make such recordings using the device features. Besides taking a picture during an inspection and recording this as evidence in the checklist, other features could include image annotation, barcode and RFID scanning, speech-to-text voice input or attachment of reference material. This could be manuals or guides to a dynamic sign, or it could be additional footnotes to the industry standard used to create the checklist. In having this to hand it ensures that the inspector can complete the inspection as quickly, efficiently, and well as possible, ensuring that details are checked in the best way possible.