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Handheld lets drivers reverse with confidence

new bournemouth rcv

What is your product?

Innovative Safety Systems’ (ISS) Reaclear is a reversing aid for driv­ers of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and reversing assistants that is designed to prevent acci­dents.

How does it work?

Nearly a quarter of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur during reversing, and there are a disproportionate number of deaths in the waste and recycling industry. Unfortunately such acci­dents are invariably severe or fatal.

Reaclear consists of a handheld device, which is carried by the reversing assistant, and an in-cab charging dock that houses a speaker and transmitter. The handheld device also enables com­munication between driver and assistant.

It works by requiring each reversing manoeuvre to be author­ised beforehand. This is done by pressing a button on the handheld device. If the driver tries to reverse without authorisation, an alarm is activated inside the cab.

Where would it ideally be used?

In built-up areas and busy streets, wherever there are pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

How is it different?

It has been designed so that the driver and reversing assistant work together. Other technologies such as reverse cameras and mir­rors have a role to play but, on their own, they are inadequate at preventing collisions. Auto-brak­ing has now been recognised as a major cause of accidents.

Reaclear does not take control away from drivers; it enables them to reverse with confidence, reas­sured that there are no hazards in their way.

What benefits does it offer?

The capacity to eliminate acci­dents, save lives and prevent asso­ciated trauma.

Where has it been used?

Reaclear was built, developed and tested at ISS headquarters. Bournemouth Council also helped with its development, and is cur­rently trialling Reaclear on its latest RCV, which is also equipped with Cyclear, the cyclist warning display system also from ISS.

Reaclear was launched at this year’s RWM and the response was very positive, with many people believing it provides a viable solu­tion to the problem.


Although still in the prototype phase, current costs are on par with a reverse radar system. As production increases, ISS expects the cost to decrease.

Any savings?

This is difficult to quantify because a life saved is priceless. But there will be a reduction in vehicle dam­age or downtime, such as the cost of replacement hire vehicles, as well as savings on the time and resources required to investigate incidents and accidents.

It is likely that, as fewer acci­dents are recorded, this may also have a positive effect on insurance premiums.

What about maintenance?

There are no maintenance costs. The handheld device is extremely robust and has been engineered to withstand the most demanding environments – the handle is even antibacterial. In the event of a problem ISS will either repair or replace it as necessary.

What is its life span?

The battery lifespan is six years.

How many have you sold and where?

Reaclear has just been launched. The first to benefit will be existing ISS customers, with delivery and installations due to start from April 2017.

How is it future-proofed?

Reaclear has been designed on a flexible electronic platform that enables ISS to continue develop­ing the software for different applications. There are various inputs and outputs that allow for adaptations such as allowing con­trol of brakes.

The company has had interest from crane operators and the quarrying and mining sectors about developing a version for their specific needs.

Any future applications?

There are many possibilities. In one example, ISS has been approached by a construction firm operating on a large development in London with more than 5,000 vehicles coming on- and off-site. It has asked for a version of Reaclear to help guide vehicles safely.

Anything else?

Reaclear integrates with other products in the ISS portfolio. Data regarding authorised and un- authorised reverses is recorded and sent to the ISS DVR hard disk recording system. When the vehi­cle returns to depot, this informa­tion is downloaded automatically via wifi, along with the camera system health report.

The superviser can immediately check footage regarding any unau­thorised reverses and see if they were unavoidable, for example in a transfer station where reversing assistants are not allowed, or if further action is necessary.

To see Reaclear in action, visit reaclear

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