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.
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.
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 www.iss-international.co.uk/ reaclear