Brigade Electronics explains how to choose the right safety technology for off-road vehicles
PORTLAND, Ind., August 11, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Construction sites can be dangerous places. The risk of death and injury from moving machinery and equipment should not be underestimated. According to the World Health Organization, construction, agriculture and mining are among the most at-risk occupational populations in the world, with many injuries and deaths from moving vehicles or machinery.
Vehicle security systems have had a huge impact on improving the safety of these industries, helping to eliminate vehicle blind spots and alerting ground workers to moving vehicles.
Right here, Corey heniser, a vehicle safety expert at Brigade Electronics INC, discusses the most suitable safety devices and what to consider when choosing vehicle safety technology for off-road vehicles.
Camera surveillance systems
All vehicles have blind spots – areas around the vehicle that are obscured by the body, load or accessories. When maneuvering, these blind spots present a significant danger to anyone or anyone in the path of the vehicle and prevent the driver from driving the vehicle in complete safety.
While mirrors and single-view cameras help correct blind spots, they don’t completely eliminate them. Research shows that in the time it takes to scan four mirrors / one monitor, assess and then respond to hazards, even at speeds as low as 3 mph, a vehicle can travel up to 33 feet. However, 360 degree camera surveillance systems, like Brigade Backeye®360, can solve this problem.
The four-camera technology is designed to eliminate vehicle blind spots and facilitate safe maneuvering in difficult situations by providing the driver with a full 360-degree view of their vehicle in a single image. The system combines images from four ultra-wide-angle cameras, providing a real-time view on the operator’s monitor. The result is a “bird’s eye view” of the vehicle and its surroundings.
Working in difficult conditions, such as dusty job sites, can compromise the visibility of camera monitors. Dirt can coat any backup camera lens very quickly, making it difficult for drivers to see what is behind them. Shutter cameras feature an automatic shutter to protect the camera when not in use. The shutter only opens when a vehicle is in reverse, which means the camera lens stays clean and the camera life is increased.
Backup and warning alarms
Rear blind spots are a huge problem, with rescue incidents accounting for a quarter of workplace fatalities. Backup alarms provide an audible warning to anyone in the path of a vehicle or machine when backing up.
While “beep beep” emergency alarms are still widely used around the world, multi-frequency alarms using broadband technology, such as Brigade bbs-tek®, are considered to be much safer due to their localizable “ssh-ssh” sound which not only eliminates noise complaints, but most importantly is much faster for pedestrians and ground workers to locate, especially when wear hearing protection or when working in difficult and noisy conditions.
Radar obstacle detection
Camera surveillance systems will help eliminate blind spots in most scenarios. However, when visibility is poor, drivers and operators need additional assistance. This is where radar obstacle detection comes in.
Industries such as mining, quarrying, and construction routinely operate in difficult terrain and harsh conditions, such as fog, dust, and darkness, further reducing visibility for machine operators. Radar obstacle detection can detect stationary and moving objects, even under the most difficult conditions, providing operators with visual and audible warnings in the cab and immediately alerting them to potential dangers. This is essential, especially on busy construction sites, to alert the operator to a person or an obstacle nearby.
Vehicle video surveillance
Vehicle video surveillance combined with a mobile digital recorder plays an important role in improving safety and security. It provides irrefutable evidence in the event of an incident or fraudulent insurance claim and helps protect drivers from false charges and improve operator performance.
Incidents involving vehicles can be extremely time consuming and costly to resolve. A lack of solid evidence can often mean that companies accept responsibility or that operators are unfairly blamed, resulting in increased costs for businesses and stress for operators. Mobile digital recorders capture vehicle data and images from up to 16 vehicle-mounted cameras, providing an accurate record of events and important evidence in the event of a dispute.
SOURCE Electronic Brigade