Australian engineering firm develops world-leading solution to saving lives in [...]

Published 29/6, 2020 at 17:04

Australian engineering firm develops world-leading solution to saving lives in mobile machinery arenas

Brisbane-based control and engineering solutions firm, PRM Engineering Services has recently introduced the latest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that monitors danger zones and alerts safety breaches in real time.

Developed over the last three years, Sentinel VISION AI responds directly to growing legislative and cultural safety impetus by detecting pedestrians around moving machinery. 

Sentinel VISION AI’s focus on both operator and pedestrian safety sets it apart from typical safety solutions on the market that solely focus on operators or site employees.

PRM Solutions’ Director, Mike Davis said there was a need for more innovative safety solutions in Australian hazardous essential service environments. 

“In complex workplaces such as waste, rail and construction there can be many obstacles and objects that may not be critical but do trigger regular alarms; resulting in operators tuning them out,” said Mr Davis.

“This imposes a huge risk on employees and other pedestrians in the area, which is why we have developed this advanced human-only detection system to limit alarms to critical risks and alerts both the operator and pedestrian,” he said. 

Sentinel VISION Al uses cameras, machine-learning and information input algorithms that detect humans or parts of a human and trigger both visual and audible alarms to alert the operator and the pedestrian.

This safety solution is adaptable for dangerous working environments where mobile machinery and earthmoving equipment, such as loaders, waste trucks and excavators, are used in close proximity to pedestrians.

While operators are trained to protect the safety of others, there are many situations where pedestrians may put themselves in danger without realising, such as passing by a kerbside collection waste truck, walking past a construction site or walking behind a reversing machine. 

“There are many instances where pedestrians or cyclists may enter a hazardous area without realising which imposes significant risk on both them and the operator,” said Mr Davis.

“Our technology will accurately safeguard the operator and surrounding pedestrians in such environments, minimalizing the risk for everyone,” he said. 

While Sentinel VISION AI was originally developed to monitor the safety of workers and pedestrians around heavy machinery and mobile plant, PRM Engineering has recognised the ability for this technologically to be adapted for enforcing social distancing requirements.

Sentinel VISION AI can be of great value to many public environments such as retail spaces, public parks, gyms, offices, cinemas, and warehouses that may not have the resources to effectively monitor each person’s movement.

PRM Engineering Services has recently been finalised for Manufacturers Monthly Magazine’s prestigious Endeavour Awards 2020 Safety Solution of the Year Award. The winners will be announced in July 2020.

PRM Engineering Services continues to develop leading edge technology grounded on firm knowledge, experience, and the needs of advanced safety software in a range of working environments. 

PRM Engineering Services is part of the PRM Solutions group. PRM Solutions is the preferred supplier of world class excavator attachments, safety, and control systems, and hydraulic systems to the earth-moving, construction, and waste industries.

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