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New hazard-detection products from Vision Techniques


Vehicle safety innovators introduce two new products for quarry and construction sites

SAFETY innovators Vision Techniques have recently introduced two new products designed to detect hazards and warn vehicle drivers of their presence. The Blackburn-based safety experts have introduced a new forward-facing radar, called SensorVision:Drive, and a ‘detection upgrade’ video analytics system, called MotionEye.

The products were launched with live demonstrations at this year’s Hillhead exhibition. Both have been developed specifically for the quarrying and construction industries to help tackle visibility issues and provide an enhanced level of safety.

The SensorVision radar system has been introduced for vehicles such as construction dumpers and tippers, where having a clear view of oncoming dangers is a key issue. Often a vehicle’s load can block the view to the front entirely, leaving the driver to make manoeuvres blind.

Able to detect objects with enhanced accuracy, the SensorVision:Drive system benefits from years of testing and enhancements from Vision Techniques’ original reversing radar system, which is popular with many quarry operators such as Lafarge Tarmac and CEMEX.

‘The major benefit of our system is that we programme each radar’s detection zone, making it unique to your vehicle’s size and shape. We’ve also built an incredibly robust body for the radar which guarantees survival in the worst conditions,’ explained Andrew Kendal, sales manager for Vision Techniques.

The MotionEye system is unique to the industry as it uses video analytics to process the movement and position of any object seen through a 180° wide-angle camera. Any dangers detected by the MotionEye system will send a warning the driver, reducing the risk of reversing accidents.

Vision Techniques say one of the major benefits of the MotionEye system is that the analytics hardware can upgrade any existing reversing camera system, regardless of brand or type, making it a truly universal upgrade product.

‘In many ways, both new products are an evolution in hazard detection for the quarrying industry, limiting the risk of accidents when making difficult and often hazardous manoeuvres,’ said Mr Kendal.

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