Pedestrian collisions can happen just as easily on construction sites as in warehouse and production facilities. It only takes a second for someone to take their eye off what is happening around them and glance their smart phone.
To prevent such accidents, we have been developing a new VIA Mobile360 Construction Equipment Safety System based on the proven People Detection technology we have implemented in the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety System. In the first round of field trials that we conducted using the Aktio Airman AX55U excavator, system and camera setup went without a hitch. Only minor calibrations of the cameras to adjust the field of view using the VIA WorkX app were required.
For the trials, we installed a 3PD Package of the system featuring two side and one rear People Detection cameras. With these three cameras, the system supports a 240° detection zone covering an area of about five meters around the vehicle. Whenever someone steps within the zone, it issues an audio alert to warn the driver of the intrusion.
As part of the trials, we also integrated the optional 7” CVBS display in the cabin to provide visual people detection alerts as well as showing real-time feeds from all three cameras. Video footage of each incident can be automatically saved using a Micro SD card and retrieved on a smartphone using the VIA WorkX app. Check out this video to see the system in action on the Aktio Airman AX55U excavator.
We were very encouraged by the success of the field trial and plan to expand testing to include loaders, pavers, graders, and other construction equipment. We will also offer a 2PD + DSS Package featuring front and rear Pedestrian Detection cameras as well as a driver camera that spots operator fatigue, smart phone usage, and smoking will also be available.
Samples of the system VIA Mobile360 Construction Equipment Safety System are available now. Please feel free to contact us for more information.