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Banksman wins highest accolade

Posted on 17th Apr, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Our partnership with Aggregate Industries has achieved the highest accolade, winning a Highways England Award for its pioneering auto-braking system that’s set to transform road worker safety. As the overall winner in the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Safety category, Banksman Autobraking was commended for its potential to drive improvements in behavioural safety culture and raise safety performance in the highways sector.

Banksman works to eliminate vehicle collisions by utilising an Auto-braking Radar System linked to a forward-facing/rear camera detection system. It uses low-energy microwaves emitted from the vehicle to automatically activate the vehicle’s braking system if anything is detected within a defined exclusion zone.

Banksman Autobraking

The system alerts the driver and when integrated with VT cameras and DVR, sends a downloadable video footage clip of the exclusion zone to a designated person as soon as the auto-braking system is activated or deactivated. This enables the designated person to gain an immediate real-time assessment of the scenario. The footage can also be used for investigative and training purposes, to support workforce engagement and improve behavioural safety culture. Since its installation, there have been zero reversing incidents reported on sites where Banksman has been deployed. Aggregate Industries, Vision Techniques, Bomag and CRH Plant collaboratively developed the innovative technology, working alongside DE Plant and Munihire who have been instrumental in supporting to share the innovation across the industry.

Judges commented that Banksman Autobraking is something that would get real results in driving improvements in behavioural safety culture and tackling a known issue in highways industry safety performance.

Highways England award

In total, 23 safety initiatives were rewarded at the first Highways England Awards, which have been designed to recognise activities which further the company’s imperatives of safety, customer service and delivery.

Highways England award


Stephen Hurd MD at Vision Techniques Ltd, said: “Receiving this award is great recognition for the collaborative work that has gone into the development of Banksman Autobraking. We work tirelessly to ensure the safety of people, plant and vehicles, unfortunately incidents still happen. Therefore, Banksman Autobraking plays an important part in our customers health and safety policy. We aim to continue to share our successes with our peers to drive positive change across the industry.



Plantworx 2019

Posted on 11th Apr, 2019 by Charlotte Coop

Plantworx 2019

Are you ready for 3 days of live demos and innovations from some of the biggest names in the industry?

The show will take place from the 11th – 13th June 2019 on East of England Arena, Peterborough.

There’s a lot going on this year with exciting live demonstrations, innovative stands, working machinery and guest speaker slots from industry leaders.

We will be there with our fully loaded demo vehicle – kitted out with our innovative range of cameras, monitors, cyclist detection and braking systems and much more.

Get up close up and personal with our multi award-winning Banksman Auto braking system fitted onto a BOMAG 154 roller. Visit us on stand CD1 and see why Banksman was the winner of the Highways England Chairman’s award for excellence in safety.

We’re keeping a few things under our hats for the moment, but you can keep up-to-date via our social media channels.

It’s free to visit so get your tickets now!



How to get the best out of your workplace safety culture

Posted on 21st Mar, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

fleet operators doing logistics

No matter what industry you work in, it’s always important to have a robust workplace safety culture. It’s important enough in relatively stable environments such as offices and studios, but it becomes even more important in more unpredictable environments like warehouses, construction sites and similar settings with a wide variety of possible hazards.

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Vacancies: Join our Sales Team

Posted on 26th Feb, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

We are looking for something RARE and HARD to find….

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We answer your questions about GDPR and vehicle camera recording

Posted on 11th Feb, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

motorway vehicles

Vehicle cameras and similar technologies make up a large proportion of our business here at Vision Techniques, and in the last six months or so our experts have noticed increasing numbers of questions from our customers on the subject of GDPR. There’s still a lot of confusion about how it affects vehicle cameras and the associated recordings, so that’s what we’re tackling in this week’s post.

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Good things come to those that……. innovate.

Posted on 7th Feb, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Aggregate Industries, Munihire and DE Plant has seen us shortlisted in the Highway England Awards. The awards recognises and celebrates excellence in safety, customer and delivery.  Our VT Banksman Autobraking product has been nominated in the Chairman’s Award: Excellence in Safety.  We are extremely excited about the nomination and it’s great to see collaborations with our customers to drive innovation in safety is being recognised.  Everyone involved has an infectious passion and drive for ensuring everyone goes home safe after their shift, so fingers crossed for March.

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Vision Techniques continue to grow and look to the future

Posted on 28th Jan, 2019 by Dominic Benabda

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Hurd as Managing Director of Vision Techniques. You may have already met Steve, he has been at the forefront of the commercial vehicle sector for many years with directorship roles at a number of successful high profile commercial vehicle companies.

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Our top products to enhance the safety of your municipal fleet

Posted on 20th Dec, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

municipal fleet

While safety concerns tend to be applicable to HGVs across a wide range of industries, some are particularly acute within the municipal sector. Vehicles often have to maneuver within enclosed spaces, children out playing, and cyclists all pose safety concerns for drivers and fleet managers.Here at Vision Techniques, we’ve been dedicated to saving lives since 1988, and over the years we’ve developed a number of specialist products designed to alleviate concerns for drivers and fleet managers, helping eliminate the risk of accidents or serious injury in the course of their working day.

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How you can stop workplace deaths due to reversing vehicles

Posted on 20th Dec, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

How does a failsafe brake system work?

According to annual statistics by the British Health and Safety Executive, collisions with moving vehicles still accounts for a major cause of deaths in the workplace. Over the last 5 years, these sorts of accidents made up around 18% of fatal workplace injuries. This equates to roughly 26 people a year – or one every two weeks. Agriculture was the industry most notably affected by these accidents, but the municipal and waste management sectors can be particularly vulnerable to them too, given the strict schedules of their operations.

Here at Vision Techniques, our entire ethos is based upon our commitment to eliminating fatal accidents, which has been the driving force behind the development of our range of vehicle safety products. Certain products, such as our reversing radars, are regarded as practically essential equipment for municipal fleet operators, and their safety potential can be maximised by adhering to the following recommended workplace practices.

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The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck is not as road-safe as it could be

Posted on 30th Nov, 2018 by Dominic Benabda

coca cola truck

You know it’s finally Christmas when the the Coca-Cola Christmas truck makes its official appearance on our screens. Sponsored by one of the world’s biggest global brands and deployed by the ultimate logistics manager – the venerable Santa Claus – the truck travels thousands of miles every year, delivering holiday cheer to families up and down the country. (And Coke, it also delivers Coke.)

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