: Increased safety and productivity through collision avoidance systems on mobile equipment


Karly Winfield (Provix), Dave Winfield (Provix)

One of the main issues when operating heavy equipment is the inability of the operator to see pedestrians and other equipment. This has led to many near misses, high potential incidents, equipment damage, injuries and fatalities in the industry. To correct these issues Provix can implement solutions to your exact industry needs with a combination of industry Canada certified RFID proximity detection systems and Laurentian University’s derived Blind spot detection technology. Provix RFID systems are designed to detect people and objects in blind spots, significantly reducing accidents. RFID systems increase situational awareness and reduce accidents by actively alerting the operator to imminent threats. They detect stationary and moving objects, providing the driver with in-cab audible and visual warnings – alerting the operator whose attention may be focused away from danger areas. It works effectively in harsh environments and in poor visibility including darkness, smoke and fog. Laurentian University’s LOS (Line of sight) team and safety camera supplier Provix work together to have LOS studies developed identifying the “No Zone” or “Blind Spots” on mobile equipment. Dr. Tammy Eger and Dr. Alison Godwin from the “Center for Research in Occupational Safety & Health” at Laurentian University evaluate the equipment for blind spots based on the operators’ line of sight on the equipment. A recommendation is provided for the number of cameras as well as the cameras installation locations. Camera systems provide operators with more situational awareness and enhanced vision through expanded sight lines. This leads to decreased trip times; increasing productivity with safer equipment operation around personnel. Camera Systems are enabled for Wireless Video Transmission to Safe operator/remote viewing station. An Integrated Camera system that is suitable for both Remote and Manned operation enables Reduction in Lost time when changing from Remote to Manned operation as well as Reduced cost associated with single system deployment.