Reactec, who will be exhibiting at this year’s Multimodal in June, is excited to announce the release of an expanded feature set for their proximity warning system. These enhancements allow the R-Link watch to be configured for specific roles such as drivers, machine operators, or banks men. Readily support the agile nature of on-the-job work, while enabling more effective controls and communication.
One challenge with proximity warning systems is making sure that the solution is perfectly balanced: ideally, it must be robust enough to mitigate a workers’ risk from proximity to dangerous vehicles and areas, but also flexible enough to support how teams actually work. For drivers/machine operators on job sites, this means changing the proximity warning parameters quickly and effectively to reflect real-world working situations.
A challenge with proximity detection technology has been ensuring that workers who must work in close proximity to moving vehicles and equipment - like drivers - can actually get near such hazards without interference from their technology. For example, a forklift driver might be operating a vehicle one moment, and stacking shelves the next: this type of work requires a flexible proximity warning system that won’t get in the way or slow anyone down.
With R-Link, individual workers are given different credentials, which allows them to get closer to specific areas and/or hazards. For drivers, the system is set up so that no alerts are triggered when they’re operating their vehicle or equipment. Importantly, the system also enables the driver to allow others to get close to such hazards, on a case-by-case basis. This is key functionality because it means that workers who need to be close to hazards in order to do their work aren’t being distracted by alerts that don’t actually apply to them.
And while these permissions can be set in advance, R-Link also empowers drivers / machine operators to allow access in real-time: Drivers can give pedestrians a Digital Thumbs-Up to allow access to vehicles and equipment. At the press of a button, the pedestrian’s watch reconfigures instantly, allowing them to get close to the hazard without issue. And the Driver can also control whether they’re alerted when someone gets too close to their vehicle. This particular notification can be switched On or Off, to allow the driver even more control and flexibility during specific tasks or times. Moreover, these permissions can be updated at any time: It’s easy to control or update who has access to which areas or equipment on a day-to-day basis.
And while the teams are working more safely and efficiently, Reactec’s powerful Analytics are still collecting data on any ‘permitted working’ as it’s happening, to ensure that hotspots, bottlenecks, and patterns of behaviour are noted for the future.
This level of customisation and flexibility is only available with modern technology that’s been built to consider how teams actually work, day in and day out. Reactec’s proximity warning technology uses the latest ultra-wideband technology for fast and accurate detection that moves at the pace of your worksite.
Reactec are pioneers in workplace prevention engineering. With over 20 years’ of experience developing solutions for teams across sectors from construction to heavy engineering, rail, Public Sector, utilities, and more - Reactec understands how to build durable, effective solutions that enhance how teams work, and improve health and safety in the workplace.
Reactec is exhibiting at Multimodal on stand 7000