Posted on 20th Oct, 2017 by Jonathan Peach
Safe driving is absolutely paramount to running any fleet, but all the more so for HGV drivers, given the destructive potential of their vehicles. Harsh braking and sudden acceleration are both viewed as amongst the most dangerous driving behaviours, and can pose a massive risk to other road users. Not that, but they also pose a challenge for fleet operators in general. This week on the blog here at Vision Techniques we’re looking at exactly why it’s such a danger, and how our StopSafe product negates these risks in an emergency.
Posted on 13th Oct, 2017 by Ben Earnshaw
We’ve talked about crash for cash schemes a few times before, but just in case you’re not familiar with the term, we’ll bring you up to speed quickly. Sometimes known as an induced accident, crash for cash schemes involve scammers deliberately forcing a crash on unsuspecting motorists – often by suddenly pulling out in front of them – and then making a personal injury claim, usually for whiplash or similar injuries.
Posted on 22nd Sep, 2017 by Jonathan Peach
If you’re a fleet operator, you may well have heard of FORS compliance. It’s a voluntary system with almost a decade of established history behind it. Now with well over 4000 members nationally, it’s renowned as valuable set of standards that both benefit the wellbeing of vulnerable road users and bring a range of advantages to fleet operators. What’s more, at Vision Techniques we stock several products that can help operators meet these standards with the minimum of hassle and expense.
Posted on 31st Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Over the last 3 years there has been a huge rise in attacks across Europe involving hired or stolen vehicles that are being used to injure and kill as many people as possible. The attacks generally involve drivers running over pedestrians in an attempt to cause as much devastation as possible.
These tragedies often mean a high number of injuries and death. In the last two years, 4 major cities have been attacked multiple times leading to some of the worst disasters in recent history. In July 2016 on Bastille Day the attack in Nice led to 86 deaths with 303 injuries, recently the Barcelona attack led to 13 deaths and 50 injuries. Sweden suffered an attack involving a rigid truck which killed 4 people and injured 15. Even London suffered from multiple attacks this year, causing 48 injuries and 8 deaths.
These attacks are not always connected to terrorism with some of the drivers labelled as lone assailants, however many are linked to larger terrorist groups.
This growth in vehicle theft has led to many vehicle operators and transport managers questioning whether their vehicles are secure when used in public. How high is the risk of someone attempting to access a parked or unsecured vehicle and steal it to cause the next national disaster?
Luckily, there are solutions that will prevent unauthorised vehicle access stopping anyone from stealing a municipal truck, rigid lorry or hire vehicle. Vehicle safety experts Vision Techniques launched their VT Ident security system to the industry in 2015 and has been tailoring the RFID technology ever since.
“We’ve built the technology ourselves so we can adjust it to meet the needs of any of our customers.” Managing Di- rector and owner Michael Hanson explained. “But recently we’re seeing a lot of companies and councils wanting to specifically prevent vehicle theft – which Ident will absolutely do.”
VT Ident is a radio frequency control system that uses customisable short-range tags to allow or prevent access to certain ‘locked’ areas of the vehicle, such as the ignition, handbrake or even rear machinery.
The Ident tags don’t have any batteries, are easily replace- able and most importantly can have different levels of access.
“It’s possible for everyone to wear different tags with only the driver having the ability to start the engine, meaning you can take away any risk of theft and unauthorised use.”
The security system is unique in the industry for using passive RFID. Active RFID is very common – where the tag reader searches for tags within a wireless zone and allows access when users approach. Passive RFID means the crew can’t leave their tags within range of the reader – for example down the side of their seats or on the dashboard. Tag users must present their tags to regain control.
The technology is being used on vehicles across the country by integrated waste management special- ists Biffa, construction, services and property group Kier , Middlesbrough council and Perth and Kinross council to name a few.
The ident system also provides tag monitoring, meaning a fleet manager is able to check who is or isn’t showing their tags. Audible notifications can warn if someone without a tag tries to access the ignition or handbrake and any successful or unsuccessful tag uses can be exported for reporting or combined with a video DVR for video evidence.
Mr Hanson added “Ident was developed as a way of controlling which members of the crew have access to a vehicle, but the last few years have shown that preventing these vehicles from being used as high- speed weapons is an even bigger priority.”
Posted on 30th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
A system that could fight the new age of terrorism by preventing access to vehicles, stopping future attacks with stolen vehicles.
Posted on 30th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Safety is our business here at Vision Techniques, and security is a vital part of that. It’s so important to us that we’ve developed our own unique product, Vehicle IDent. (It’s amongst our Vision Techniques’ signature products, along with our range of reversing cameras.) We understand that security is an equally key concern for HGV owners and operators, and that’s exactly the issue that IDent Drivestop aims to tackle. This week on the blog, we’ll be exploring a bit about how it works, and how it can benefit you.
Posted on 23rd Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
A rollaway in London city centre involving a London double-decker bus could have been prevented with new technology that automatically applies the handbrake.
Posted on 11th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
There’s no shortage of reasons why fleet safety is – and always will be – vitally important. At Vision Techniques, we stock a lot of products with this very purpose in mind. Improving fleet safety carries tangible benefits for yourself, your drivers, your customers and even the road users around them. In this week’s blog (the first entry of a two-part series), we’re going to take a moment here at Vision Techniques to explain some of the most critical ones.
Posted on 10th Aug, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Public transport is one of the key sectors we’ve always served here at Vision Techniques. While our products have a vast array of advantages that can be applied to a range of sectors, the unique characteristics of the public transport industry mean that fleet operators in this sector can see tangible and very specific benefits from our devices.
Public transport is usually a broad ranging term that can refer to anything from buses, trains, taxis and even boats. However, as far as our industry is concerned, buses and coaches are two of the main types of vehicles to benefit from the use of our products. Next to HGVs, buses and coaches are amongst some of the heaviest and bulkiest vehicles on our roads, which means they take a great amount of skill and concentration to drive safely.
Because of the nature of their work, bus drivers especially have to content with navigating within tight city confines on a daily basis, while the layout of most coaches often means that drivers are particularly high off the ground, resulting in large blind spots. This can pose a danger to more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, and frequently even pedestrians when the driver is pulling in or moving off from a stop.
Then there is the matter of passengers, who can be distracting in a whole host of ways (deliberately or not). Loud conversations, travel sickness, belligerence or drunkenness are just a few of the ways they can sometimes intrude into the driver’s awareness, which can sometimes result in accidents.
All these factors pose a risk in very specific ways, meaning that should be a top priority for any operator to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and surrounding road users.
Some of the main safety hazards drivers must contend with in public transport include:
Reversing accidents and collisions owing to rear blind spots
Suggested Vision Techniques solutions include: reversing cameras, mirror monitors, VT Banksman reversing radar and auto braking (as well as similar radar systems).
Because of their public-facing nature, drivers of buses and coaches frequently have to deal with physical threats or damage from angry or agitated members of the public.
The main public transport safety hazards include:
Suggested Vision Techniques solutions include: RFID devices, mobile CCTV devices to capture the image of offenders and crack down on anti-social behaviour.
This is mainly intended to provide a broad overview of what we can offer here the public transport sector here at Vision Techniques. If you’re looking for something specific for your fleet of vehicles, we’re only too happy to help! You can browse our full range of products here, or give our sales number a call on 08452 873 172.
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