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 31st Jul, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
The past twelve months have seen a huge amount of facts which make for grim reading. Even with nationwide growth in venture schemes like FORS and CLOCS the amount of accidents involving vulnerable road users has not been majorly affected.
In fact, this week the HSE released statistics showing a 100% increase in accidents within the municipal sector with the amount of fatalities doubling this year in comparison to 2016.
However, preventable fatalities are not the only problem; businesses and government-funded councils continue to be fined for negligence and failing to provide the correct basic standards in site and vehicle safety.
Recently, a well-known commercial company was fined £1.9 million for an accident that happened with a worker due to operator error.
A industry recognised transport firm was also fined £500,000 after their vehicle banksman operator was crushed between two lorries, killing the employee.
Fortunately incidents involving vehicles – either when on or off site – can easily be prevented.
Vision Techniques are the only provider of VT Banksman – the only reversing radar in the UK that will automatically apply the handbrake if a hazard – such as a person or a vehicle – gets too close to the rear of the vehicle – preventing an accident or even fatal incident.
Our Auto-braking Banksman is one of a catalogue of safety systems that will save lives and prevent huge court claims. Contact us today on 01254 679717 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 21st Jul, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Our VT Banksman reversing vehicle radar is one of our most renowned products we stock here at Vision Techniques. It’s even gained formal recognition from the Health and Safety Executive, Britain’s foremost safety authority, as an effective, cost-efficient reversing warning system. In this week’s blog, we’ll be looking at its advantages and capabilities, and how can it help a number of HGV industries.
Posted on 29th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Forgetting the simplest of things can cause the biggest of problems. If a driver forgets to apply the handbrake when leaving the vehicle, events like this can be the result. This incident could have been prevented with BrakeSafe
Posted on 19th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
Reversing cameras – also known as rear view cameras – were once regarded as a luxury addition to private vehicles, available to only the wealthiest of owners. Fast forward to today, however, and they’re used across a range of industries and with a variety of applications (for example, not only can they make parking easier, but also constantly record from a vehicle’s rear while on the road, guarding against any accidents). This week, we examine how these devices went from a novelty addition to an essential safety feature.
Posted on 8th Jun, 2017 by Dominic Benabda
At Vision Techniques, we’re firm believers in the power of vehicle monitoring systems to protect fleet owners and operators from litigation. This point has been comprehensively demonstrated in a recent event to hit the news, in which a roadside assistance firm found one of their drivers involved in a dual-carriageway collision. In this case, the on-board recording equipment captured the incident in its entirety, conclusively proving the driver was not at fault and saving the company thousands of pounds in repair and legal costs.