Plantforce Rentals has fitted FTC Group’s pedestrian detection system, which can tell the different between people and inanimate objects, to a Kobelco SK350 crawler excavator.
FTC (Fork Truck Control) developed the system for the fork-lift material handling sector.
If anyone enters the machine’s working area, it sounds an alarm and gives the operator an additional visual alert.
Four cameras with a 140-degree field of vision give a 360-degree view around a vehicle. The rangefinder is linked to a programmed algorithm software, able to distinguish between animate and inanimate objects. This ability to tell people from objects makes it a solution that works in a real-world construction site, FTC says.
FTC business development manager Sean Hamill explained: “In essence this system offers customers a completely modular safety system that is easy to manage and extremely effective, tracking pedestrians in real-time with a full HD screen and any configuration of alerts required.
“With a detection zone of up to 30 metres, which can be divided into programmable green, amber and red areas, whereby pedestrians are tracked in-cab on an HD screen with each of them marked in red, amber or green dependant on their distance from each fitted camera. It is a bespoke system that is a perfect fit for a wide range of construction equipment.”