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The 4 Key Advantages Of VT Banksman

Posted on 21st Feb, 2018 by Jack Stocker

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VT Banksman is one of our flagship products here at Vision Techniques, and one that’s consistently highly rated by many of our customers. It’s an intelligent, programmable reversing radar for HGVs, using proximity sensors to detect dangers and obstacles and warning the driver. It’s a simple design philosophy with a flawless design execution, and one that offers a number of tangible benefits, including several over using a human banksman. We’ve listed just a couple below!

1. It Makes Life Easier For Drivers

Reversing in an HGV is a notoriously difficult task, as the bulk of the vehicle makes it incredibly difficult for the driver to see what he’s doing. It can be tricky enough even when conditions are ideal, and that’s not to mention all the complicating factors that can possibly occur, such as badly positioned mirrors or high-traffic areas. Certain conditions – like noise-intensive or poorly-lit environments – can also make it difficult for drivers to see or communicate with their banksman, which can quickly lead to accidents. VT Banksman eliminates these dangers by design, making it a far less dangerous and stressful task for drivers.

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2. It Reduces The Risk Of Damage

Poor visibility and crowded environments can result in collisions with surrounding obstacles, which might leave serious damage – either to the obstacle itself or the HGV in question. Either way, it can mean sizeable costs for the fleet operators, and occasionally for the driver in question. VT Banksman can easily detect stationary objects, helping drivers to manoeuvre round them and in turn help save fleet operators a lot of money and hassle.

3. Prevents Physical Risk To Human Safety

Apart from material damage to objects and vehicles, another of the most important advantages for VT Banksman is heading off the risk for human banksmen. It’s a notoriously risky job – almost 25% of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur as a result of reversing, and much of this demographic is sadly made up of employees carrying out their banksmen duties. It’s partially for this reason that many companies actually specifically ban the use of banksmen, in order to prevent harm from coming to their employees. VT Banksman takes care of this dangerous job instead, allowing employers and fleet operators peace of mind when it comes to their work environment.

4. Reduces Physical Risk To The Public

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This is particular concern for fleet operators working in the public sector, such as local councils and municipal services. Unlike professionals, pedestrians and members of the general public are not always as wary or respectful of HGVs as they should be – a typical example would be someone crossing the road without looking up from their phone, which can bring them into the radius of a reversing vehicle. Similarly, domestic pets like dogs and cats can run out into the road as the vehicle is manoeuvring into a parking space, which can have tragic consequences. VT Banksman can detect these intrusions easily and inform the driver immediately and clearly – which isn’t always possible with merely a shouted word from a human banksman.

These are just a couple of the major advantages that VT Banksman can offer drivers and fleet operators, and this post is intended to simply provide an overview. You can visit the relevant product page on our site to find out the full capabilities of VT Banksman, or give our sales team a call on 08452 875 637 if you’d like to make a direct enquiry.

Stolen Keys Are The Single Biggest Cause of HGV Thefts

Posted on 2nd Feb, 2018 by Jack Stocker

hgv being stolen

Vehicle theft is always a concern for any driver, but it’s a particular threat for HGVs. Not only are there the associated financial costs and disruptions to business, but as we’ve sadly seen in the headlines in the past few years, stolen HGVs can pose a significant threat to human life, whether driven recklessly or maliciously. Perhaps the most important aspect of the issue, however, is that the vast majority of these crimes are committed through the theft of keys – which is exactly the sort of problem that our VT IDent is designed to prevent.

Protect Your HGV From Thieves

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Estimates vary as to how much freight crime costs the UK freight industry ever year, but it’s generally agreed to be at least £250 million a year. Some estimates even range to as much as four times that amount, as the £250m figure is only derived from crimes that are reported and therefore on record; the actual amount is most likely significantly higher. And naturally, apart from its impact on the economy, it can have a detrimental effect on your company operations and finances.

The goods that HGVs contain often make them particularly lucrative targets for thieves; the average loss of any given HGV theft is often in excess of £250,000. While this number may initially seem dramatic, it’s worth remembering that freight crime is broadly the same as many other types in that the majority of thieves are opportunists. Official statistics show in recent years that the involvement of key thefts as factor in freight crime – and motor theft as a whole – has been steadily rising. For example, key thefts were the cause of just 15% of vehicle crime in March 2006, whereas by 2015 that figure had risen to 43%. The signal is clear; by securing your keys, you can automatically thwart the vast majority of attempted thieves. At Vision Techniques, we’ve developed our own solution to help you do exactly that.

How VT IDent Protects You

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VT IDent is a custom solution built in-house by our very own vehicle security experts. It’s a control system that uses programmable authorisation tags to manage access to your company vehicles, preventing unrecognised users from damaging or stealing your HGVs. This means that even if the would-be thief somehow obtains the keys, they will still be unable to drive the HGV away unless they also have access to the corresponding access tag.

With VT IDent, you can even distinguish between different levels of authorisation, so you’re not only locking out intruders, but also ensuring that each of your own employees only has access to the systems that pertain to their jobs. This provides further peace of mind for you, as it provides an extra layer of security between advanced or potentially dangerous systems and the employees who are not trained to use them.

You can click here to find out more about VT IDent, including its full list of features and advantages. If you have any specific questions, don’t forget you can always ask a member of our friendly sales team on 08458 684 858 or email us at

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Flogas Fleet Manager Steve Moir and Vision Techniques Sales Manager Steve Smith with the first BrakeSafe installed tanker.

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How StopSafe Helps Cut Down On Accidents In Winter Weather

Posted on 20th Jan, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

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We Are Hiring: Trainee Automotive Installation Engineer/Automotive Electrical Engineer

Posted on 19th Jan, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

We are now recruiting for more engineers to join our team. The successful candidates will carry out the installation, commissioning and servicing of commercial vehicle based security and data collection systems, such as CCTV recording equipment, RFID and intelligent radar systems.

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Kier Environmental and Ident makes headlines

Posted on 16th Jan, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

Our work with Kier Environmental to improve vehicle security with our Ident system has recently been featured in industry leading magazines Commercial Motor and Motor Transport.

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Posted on 11th Jan, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

Today we’re officially introducing a catalogue of E-learning video guides for our vehicle DVR ‘VT Record’.

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Posted on 12th Dec, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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HGVs and cyclists have a difficult relationship at the best of times. One is fast, large and potentially deadly, while the other is small, slow and intensely vulnerable – not to mention often being difficult to see. Winter brings these frequent truths into even harsher reality, as shorter and darker days make it even more difficult for HGV drivers to see and account for cyclists. This week on the blog here at Vision Techniques, we have a few suggestions on how to make things easier – and how our cyclist safety products can help.

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Kier Environmental choose IDent to prevent vehicle theft

Posted on 11th Dec, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

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Compliance Checklist For Christmas Drivers

Posted on 6th Dec, 2017 by Dominic Benabda

Safety is our top priority here at Vision Techniques, and we know it is for you too. Seasonal sales spikes means that many fleet operators are looking at taking on extra drivers for the festive season, and to that end the Licence Bureau has released a compliance checklist to help companies ascertain that their temporary drivers are up to scratch in terms of the confidence, competence and overall safety of their driving.

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