Cameras and Radar Technologies Help Avoid Costly Jobsite Collisions
The automotive industry leads the way in object detection and collision mitigation systems with integrated camera and radar technology. Eliminating collisions due to natural blind spots has been a high priority in recent years and the resulting collision mitigation systems were rapidly adopted for use in the trucking industry. Now this technology is proliferating in the heavy construction market.
“This technology is mainstream in the automobile world and I see it becoming more mainstream on heavy equipment very soon,” says Sean Martell, North America mining and construction sales manager, PRECO Electronics.
Side-object detection for OTR vehicles displayed at Conexpo 2017
PRECO Electronics invented the vehicle-backup alarm in 1962 and now seeks to set a similar safety milestone with the PreView Side Defender technology the company showcased at the Conexpo 2017 trade exposition in Las Vegas. The company calls the radar-based side-collision-avoidance system “the industry’s most-advanced side-object-detection solution.”
Targeted at over-the-road vehicles but also suitable for off-road applications, PreView Side Defender provides audible and visual alerts to avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians and objects in the side blind spots, an area in which the company said accident frequency is increasing. The range can be from 3 to 8 m (10 to 26 ft) from the vehicle sides and up to 6 m (20 ft) fore and aft.
PRECO Electronics’ Introduces New Advanced Safety Technology at 2017 Work Truck Show
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation within North America’s largest work truck event, The Work Truck Show 2017. PRECO will be located at booth #5873, demonstrating how its radar safety technology eliminates an operators’ blind spots in side and rear applications. On display will be the combination of PRECO’s two recently announced collision mitigation technologies: PreView Side Defender and PreView Sentry.
PRECO Electronics Showcases Industry’s Most Robust Side Object Detection Solution for On-Road Construction Market at the 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Conference
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Conference. Held in Las Vegas March 7-11, CONEXPO-CON/AGG brings together construction professionals from all disciplines, including contractors, dealers & distributors, service providers, engineers, and producers. For the first time in the United States, PRECO will be showcasing PreView Side Defender™, the industry’s most advanced side object detection solution.
PRECO, located at booth #S64833, will be demonstrating how its newly released side collision avoidance radar system, PreView Side Defender, provides operators with active alerts to mitigate or avoid side collisions. Used in combination with PRECO’s suite of collision mitigation offerings, customers are able to achieve active all-around driver assistance to ensure safe and efficient use of their vehicles.
PRECO Electronics CONEXPO CON/AGG Show Report
The PreView Sentry and Side Defender collision avoidance radar systems debut this year in concrete and constructions materials hauling. The former eliminates operators’ rear blind spots by detecting objects from the face of the radar up to 30 meters (98 feet); its detection zone width is adjustable to fit nearly every vehicle type.
Collision Mitigation Comes of Age
Over the past few decades, we have seen vehicle safety progress from being predominately operator-based—relying on the operator’s ability to foresee and respond to a potential incident before it can cause any damage—to being increasingly technology-based.
At the current pinnacle of the technology-based safety pyramid are collision mitigation systems. Initially designed for passenger vehicles, these systems are expanding into heavy-duty industries. The construction industry stands to benefit greatly from these safety solutions, so long as business owners and equipment operators are open to innovating.
SWANA acccepts submissions for safety awards, expands categories
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, is recognizing excellence in solid waste safety through its awards program, while expanding the categories being honored this year.
PRECO, Boise, Idaho, is the official sponsor of SWANA’s 2017 Safety Awards Program. PRECO designs, engineers and manufactures collision mitigation technology optimized for heavy-duty equipment.
SWANA CEO wins PRECO Electronics Safety in Motion Award
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA’s) Executive Director and CEO David Biderman has been awarded PRECO Electronics’ Safety in Motion Award for his “unparalleled commitment to safety” in 2016. PRECO Electronics is a Boise, Idaho-based heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation technology provider.
[VIDEO] PRECO’s Sentry system sets perimeter to protect equipment
Tom Loutzenheiser from PRECO Electronics talks about line of vision systems that enhance heavy-duty vehicle industries safety by combining active radar technology with camera/monitor systems. Construction equipment blind zones vary and durability is a major factor. Operator interface will continue to evolve
PRECO Electronics Recognizes Two Recipients of 2016 Safety in Motion Award
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced the 2016 Safety in Motion Award recipients as Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) David Biderman and City of Oxnard Environmental Resources Division’s George Van Hemert. Both recipients have continually demonstrated their unparalleled commitment to safety to distinguish themselves as leaders in safety.
Press Release | January 12, 2017 |
PRECO Electronics Demonstrates Industry’s Most Comprehensive Object Detection Solution at 2017 World of Concrete
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation at the 2017 World of Concrete Conference. Held in Las Vegas, World of Concrete assembles global leaders from the entire spectrum of concrete and masonry industries. PRECO, located at booth #C3340, will be demonstrating how its newly released collision avoidance radar system, PreView Sentry™, eliminates operators’ rear blind spots and creates a safer and more efficient worksites.
Press Release | November 1, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Demonstrates PreView Sentry at the iP Utility Safety Conference and Expo
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation technology, today announced its participation in the iP Utility Safety Conference and Expo(November 1-3). Held in Glendale, Arizona, the conference, hosted by Incident Prevention Magazine, is the premier education event for safety, training and operation professionals within the utility market.
Located at booth #201, PRECO will demonstrate its recently announced PreView Sentry™, the industry’s most advanced and flexible object detection solution.
Press Release | October 28, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Accepting Nominations for 2016 Safety in Motion Award
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation technology, today announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award. Now in its sixth year, the annual Safety in Motion Award is the most widely recognized and anticipated award among heavy-duty safety professionals.
Recycling Today Staff | Recycling Today Magazine | September 29, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Releases PreView Sentry: Object Detection System is Designed to Enhance Heavy-duty Equipment Safety
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment. Preco says it aims to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of heavy-duty equipment accidents by developing reliable safety solutions.
Marcia Gruver Doyle | Equipment World Magazine | September 27, 2016 |
Preco Unveils PreView Sentry, Adjustable Heavy Equipment Object Detection That Sees All the Way to the Face of the Machine
Preco Electronics is debuting the PreView Sentry at the MINExpo show in Las Vegas this week, an object detection technology that uses a different radar bandwidth than before, thus making it more functional, says Doug Whitfield, director of marketing.
Sentry has a fully adjustable detection zone, with the ability to detect objects from the face of the radar up to 98 feet. The width of the detection zone is adjustable to fit almost all machine types.
Kevin Yanik | Pit & Quarry Magazine | September 26, 2016 |
Object-detection System Aimed to Eliminate Collision Accidents
“We have spent the last 17 years developing radar-based object-detection systems,” says Jim Bean, CEO and president at Preco, in a company statement. “Sentry represents the next generation of collision mitigation technology. We built Sentry with an eye to the future, anticipating applications such as vehicle automation, sensor fusion and system integrations, including telematics and data logging.”
Therese Dunphy | Aggregates Manager Magazine | September 26, 2016 |
Preco Electronic’s PreView Sentry Detects Up To 16 Objects Up To The Face of a Machine
Preco Electronics is debuting PreView Sentry at MINExpo today, an object detection technology that uses a different radar bandwidth than before, thus making it more functional, says Doug Whitfield, director of marketing.
Sentry has a fully adjustable detection zone, with the ability to detect objects from the face of the radar up to 98 feet. The width of the detection zone is adjustable to fit almost all machine types. The device can accurately identify the location and velocity of up 16 people or objects simultaneously, says Preco. Built-in fail safe alerts notify the operator of radar blockage or communication issues.
Press Release | September 26, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Introduces Breakthrough Object Detection Technology: PreView Sentry™
PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty collision mitigation, today announced that they will be unveiling their newest object detection system at the 2016 MINExpo trade show (booth# 8085): PreView Sentry.
Heavy-duty industry accidents are costly and can bring an entire operation to a halt. Unfortunately, these accidents are on the rise. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment. PRECO believes that this is unacceptable, and aims to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of heavy-duty equipment accidents by developing the most reliable safety solutions available to OEMs, upfitters and fleet operations.
Press Release | September 21, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Announces PreView Side Defender to the Over-The-Road Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucking Market
Boise, Idaho and Hannover, Germany – September 21, 2016 – PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced PreView Side Defender, the industry’s most advanced side object detection solution. Available immediately, Side Defender is engineered for medium to heavy-duty over-the-road vehicles. Designed specifically for heavy and medium trucks, Side Defender actively warns operators of objects in the vehicle’s side blind zones, including pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, in order to reduce the incidence of side collisions.
PreView Side Defender will be introduced and shared at the 66th annual IAA Commercial Vehicles Conference in Hannover, Germany on September 22-29, 2016. PRECO will be showcasing PreView Side Defender within MEKRA Lang’s IAA booth in hall 11 #A21.
Press Release | September 20, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics Set to Unveil New Object Detection Technology at MINExpo 2016
Boise, Idaho and Las Vegas, Nevada– September 20 – PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its participation at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas September 26-28.
PRECO will be unveiling new technology that will help mining companies reduce the incidence of blind zone related accidents and the costs associated with these collisions. PRECO has been supporting safety programs of mining companies for over 40 years, and is excited to coincide the release of their newest technology with the opening of MINExpo on Monday, September 26, 2016, at booth #8085.
Press Release | September 15, 2016 |
PRECO Electronics To Showcase Industry’s Most Advanced Side Object Detection System at IAA Commercial Vehicles Conference
Boise, Idaho – September 15, 2016 – PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced its involvement in the 66th annual IAA Commercial Vehicles Conference. The IAA conference, hosted in Hannover, Germany, assembles the worldwide leaders for mobility, transportation and logistics.
At this year’s conference, PRECO will be showcasing PreView Side Defender, the industry’s most advanced side object detection solution, within MEKRA Lang’s booth (Hall 11 #E21). Developed for the over-the-road (OTR) markets including trucking, municipalities, waste and recycling, the Side Defender system actively warns operators with audible and visual alerts to avoid potential collisions.
Matt Wood | Construction Business Owner Magazine | August, 2016 Issue |
Paving the Way for New Baseline Safety Standards
As Construction Business Owner noted in its January 2016 issue, United States residential and commercial construction combined is expected to grow from 5 to 9 percent in 2016, and heavy infrastructure spending is expected to grow approximately 8 percent from $312.6 billion in 2015. Not exactly a boom, but not a bust either. Given these growth predictions, now is a good time for construction companies to look for ways to operate more efficiently. As it has in other industries, new technology has a lot to offer in this regard.
Dan Rafter | MSW Management Magazine | June, 2016 Issue |
Safety: Vehicle-Awareness, Safety Systems Making Life Safer for Waste Haulers
Perry Mitrano, director of solid waste with the city of Bunnell, FL, would have backed into a man who was crouched behind the rear wheel of his truck if his radar system hadn’t sounded its in-cab alarm. That’s because Mitrano, who was filling in for an absent driver that day, would never have seen the man, even with the cameras with which his truck is equipped. The man could easily have been killed by Mitrano’s truck.
Anne Wallace Allen | Idaho Business Review | June 6, 2016 |
A word with Tom Loutzenheiser of Preco
Tom Loutzenheiser is vice president of business development for Preco Electronics, a Boise company that makes radar-based accident-prevention tools for heavy equipment.
All engineering and development takes place at Preco’s headquarters in Boise, where 50 people work. The electronics are outsourced to manufacturers in the U.S., Mexico, or the Far East, and then the product is shipped back to Boise for final assembly, testing and shipment.
Press Release | June 2, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Announces Europe’s First Wireless Safety Solution Designed Specifically for the Waste and Recycling Industry
Boise, Idaho and Munich, Germany – May 30, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced that Preco’s PreView® Wireless WorkSight® Solution to will now be available to the European market. Preco’s Wireless WorkSight active object detection system addresses the needs of the waste and recycling market with a proven and cost effective solution that improves the efficiency of the operator and the safety of the surrounding work environment.
Press Release | May 31, 2016 |
Preco Electronics’ Introduction of Wireless Collision Mitigation System Changes the Industry’s Use and Understanding of Active Safety Solutions
Boise, Idaho – May 31, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty equipment collision mitigation, today announced the immediate availability of its PreView® Wireless WorkSight® active safety solution. Developed with the same rugged and advanced features as the entire Preco line of safety solutions, PreView Wireless WorkSight eliminates the body cables and reduces the installation time for its customers and OEM partners.
Press Release | April 18, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Presents at Annual AEM Product Safety &
Boise, Idaho – April 18, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced Preco’s presentation within Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) annual Product Safety & Compliance Seminar. Hosted in Rosemont, Illinois, April 18-21, the AEM conference gathers industry leaders to engage in conversations and demonstrations of the industry’s most innovative and thought provoking safety solutions for the heavy-duty vehicle industry.
Ailbhe Goodbody | April, 2016 |
Keeping Your Distance
As mining equipment gets larger and faster, there is an increased need for operators to use proximity-detection and collision-avoidance technology to effectively overcome the equipment’s blind areas. Ailbhe Goodbody investigates
Press Release | April 8, 2016 |
Preco Electronics and MEKRAtronics Announce Strategic Partnership
Boise, Idaho USA and Ergersheim, Germany — April 08, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced a strategic partnership with MEKRAtronics, a business division of MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG. Under the terms of the agreement, MEKRAtronics will offer and bundle Preco’s patented PreView® Radar object detection solution as a complement to its suite of heavy-duty indirect vision solutions.
Press Release | April 6, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Awards Montana-Dakota Utilities With Annual Safety
in Motion Honor
Boise, Idaho – April 6, 2016 – Preco Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s (NYSE: MDU) Fleet Maintenance and Repair Specialist, Kim Hodges, as the recipient of the 2015 Safety in Motion Award. Mr. Hodges, a 20-year veteran of the Montana-Dakota Utilities, is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the utility’s fleet that spans eight Northern and Pacific Northwest states.
Tom Jackson | February 12, 2016 |
PRECO VideoLink II adds audible radar object detection to in-cab camera backup camera systems
Backup cameras are good. Radar object detection systems are even better when it comes to preventing accidents. At the World of Concrete last week, Preco announced its newest product the PreView VideoLink II—a radar-based object detection system that integrates with existing in-cab rear-vision and backup cameras.
VIDEO | February 10, 2016 |
How Sensor Fusion Can Improve Construction Industry Safety
Preco Electronics’ VP of Business Development, Tom Loutzenheiser discusses how the combination of various systems create a connected vehicle, automatic sensor reporting and an operator that is more aware, creating a safer work site.
Press Release | February 9, 2016 |
KCMA and PRECO Electronics Partner to Provide Active Safety Solution
Boise, Idaho – February 9, 2016 — PRECO Electronics, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, announced today an OEM partnership with Kawasaki-
KCM Wheel Loaders.
| February 9, 2016 |
Global Automotive Blind Spot Detection Market to Exceed USD 3 Billion by 2019, According to Technavio
Advancements in the automobile industry have led to the development of collision avoidance systems (COS). These COS are called life saver technologies, as they help in reducing the severity of accidents.
Brian Straight | Fleet Owner | February 4, 2016 |
Preco Electronics debuts new safety system
LAS VEGAS. Preco Electronics has introduced a product that it said will turn any in-cab monitoring system into an active safety solution. The company unveiled its PreView VideoLink II this week at the World of Concrete show here.
PreView VideoLink II provides an overlay to any existing in-cab camera and monitor system, the company said. It converts an existing monitor into an active-safety solution that provides both audible and colorful visual alerts.
Press Release | February 1, 2016 |
Preco Electronics Transforms Any In-Cab Monitoring System into Active
BOISE, IDAHO FEBRUARY 01, 2016 — Preco, the global leader in heavy-duty vehicle collision mitigation, today announced the introduction of PreView VideoLink II. Available immediately, PreView VideoLink II provides a new colorful overlay to any existing in-cab camera and monitor system. VideoLink, appealing to the OEM and the aftermarket, converts an existing monitor into an active-safety solution that provides both audible and colorful visual alerts. The result is active driver assistance to mitigate or avoid collisions.
Matthew Bradford | Fall/Winter 2015 |
Safety Fusion - Protecting the waste management industry through integrated technologies
In the waste management industry, few factors affect a company’s bottom line and reputation as its approach to vehicle safety. Accidents can lead to crippling repair and legal costs, and no employer wants to see their operators ot the public injured as a result of a collision.
KCM Focus Magazine | 3rd Issue 2015 |
Reducing Costs by Investing in a Safety System
When considering the costs associated with running a work site, companies are constantly trying to figure out efficiencies that lead to increased productivity and reduction of costs. When every dollar counts it is imperative that these decisions are constantly evaluated to ensure the profitability of each individual project.
Press Release | October 28, 2015 |
Preco Electronics Sponsors Telogis Latitude 2015 Conference
Preco, the global leader in heavy-duty truck collision mitigation, today announced its participation as a Gold Sponsor of Telogis Latitude 2015, the premier business conference showcasing advancements in SaaS-based connected intelligence. Held October 26-28, 2015 in Dana Point, California, Latitude 2015 brings mobile enterprise leaders as well as some of the world’s largest vehicle and equipment manufacturers together to share best practices to transform the industry’s use of analytics to optimize operations and improve safety.
Sara Jensen | OEM Off-Highway | September 8, 2015 |
A gentle tap on the shoulder for safety
Safety continues to be an important element in equipment design, particularly for larger machines in which operator visibility is hindered due to the size of the vehicle. While mirrors and cameras aid in improving visibility, they can only do so much.
Aggregates and Mining Today | September 1, 2015 |
Mitigate Risk Through Strong Safety Practices and Technology
Accidents cost money, and nearly all are avoidable given the appropriate investment in safety technology.
When you delve into the myriad of layers involved in a mining operation, you begin to appreciate and understand the inherent risks that mining companies face on a daily basis. With trucks measuring over 40’ (12.5m) long, 25’ (7.5m) wide and 18’ (5.5m) high, the risk of accidents is immense. Vehicles and equipment that operate in above ground mines are so large that there are often 360° operator blind zones. With such high-risk equipment, errors can quickly escalate to worksite shut downs and loss of life.
Jim Parsons | Engineering News Record | July 6, 2015 |
Amid Success, Balfour Beatty Strives to Keep Getting Better
The contractor’s emphasis on safety isn’t limited to its employees and subcontractors. Suppliers are also involved. Recognizing the growing use of telehandlers in recent years, for example, Balfour Beatty established a national agreement with SunBelt Rentals to install proximity alarms on any telehandler shipped to one of the firm’s projects.
Donna Schmidt | Coal Age | February 1, 2015 |
Technologies Collide For Surface Safety
As the old adage goes, a rolling stone gathers no moss. That is especially true in the area of collision avoidance, where the everyday improvements in technology such as global positioning, radar, digital imagery, and even performance monitoring quickly make their way into the mining sector to enhance safety and accuracy and even production uptime.
Walt Moore | Construction Equipment | August 6, 2014 |
Dealing With Deadly Spaces: Machine Bind Spots
The June 2014 edition of Workplace Solutions, a publication of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), includes an article entitled “Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Backing Construction Vehicles and Equipment at Roadway Construction Worksites.”
The article cites a Bureau of Labor Statistics report stating “of the 962 fatal workplace injuries at road construction sites from 2003 to 2010, 443 were due to workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment. Workers were fatally struck 143 times by vehicles or mobile equipment that was backing up.”
Seth Skydel | May 30, 2014 |
Driving Fleet Value and Performance
“The Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for fleet professionals,” said Gerald Owens, fleet manager at Oncor Electric Delivery and EUFMC president. “EUFMC offers educational sessions on management topics by industry experts, manufacturers and fleets, and roundtables where fleet managers share best practices and work with suppliers and service providers to address challenges. This conference is a unique forum where fleet managers can exchange ideas and network with suppliers who showcase new technologies and are prepared to discuss technical and operational issues.”
EUFMC continues to attract a record number of attendees. In 2013, more than 100 fleet professionals from about 75 investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada came to the conference.
Ed Ritchie | March 31, 2014 |
Stay Visible, Stay Safe
Worker safety is gaining more attention from state and federal agencies as road construction continues to grow in response to needed highway infrastructure repair. Overall, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries in the private construction sector increased 5% in 2012. And when it comes to the leading cause of highway construction worker injuries and fatalities, the US Federal Highway Administration’s statistics identify “contact with construction vehicles, objects, and equipment.” But these injuries and deaths are preventable through good practices and use of the proper safety equipment.
Ed Ritchie | October 27, 2013 |
Smart Trucks 2014 – Smart Trucks Enable Safe Drivers
Operators need every tool available to stay on top of driver and vehicle safety, so it’s not surprising that vehicle tracking and video systems are rising in popularity. Then too, we have advances in active braking technology. Indeed, there’s a wide array of equipment and technology, plus an abundance of technological terms to muddy up the waters. Most everyone has heard of GPS (global positioning system), but what about SaaS, DDR, IR, radar, HD video, and RCS? Too much jargon? Don’t panic. We’ll simplify things and explain the basics.
Construction Business Owner | September 1, 2011 |
4 Steps to Blind-Spot Safety
1. Inventory tools and their functions.
-A back-up alarm warns people who are in danger outside the vehicle.
-A camera/monitor extends the driver’s view behind the vehicle.
-An object detection system warns the driver of people or objects in the blind spot.
Utility Products | March 5, 2009 |
Is Backing Safety Your Blind Spot?
This is an all-too-familiar headline. A beautiful day for a walk can quickly turn into a day of tragedy when people and large trucks coexist in close vicinity. Accidents are bound to happen.
Unfortunately, this scene is replayed year-round. Large trucks must work around the general public to provide the services that make our lives better: waste removal, road construction, utility work, building improvements/construction, and many other services that require large trucks to travel in and around roads where people live, work, and play.