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Taking Radar-Based Object Detection a Big Step Further

By Dale Hessing on March 23, 2017

Normally, PRECO customers use our technology to warn heavy equipment operators of impending danger; an obstacle, a pedestrian, another vehicle. Occasionally, some companies come to us with a completely different set of requirements in mind, such as UK-based Equipe Geosolutions.

Equipe Geosolutions develops new technologies for the global drilling industry. Among its products are portable drilling rigs used by the construction industry to probe the subsoil on which new buildings will be built.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Worksite Safety, Radar Technology, Safer G Solution Sensors

Safety Initiatives: NTSB's “Most Wanted List”

By Dale Hessing on February 8, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a new two-year “Most Wanted” wish list for 2017-18 that puts distractions and tired driving at the top of ten pressing safety issues to improve.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said that the list's new two-year cycle will “help to focus our advocacy efforts on sustained progress. We will take stock at the one-year mark, note what progress has been made, and decide what additional improvements are needed.”

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Collision Mitigation, Distracted Driving, Side Collision Mitigation

Safety and Efficiency Drives the Trend to Autonomous Mining Vehicles

By Dale Hessing on October 13, 2016

Drivers and pedestrians are understandably nervous about the presence of semi-autonomous passenger cars and, soon, fully autonomous passenger cars on our roads. What would these same people think if they got a glimpse of the vehicles moving through underground mines from Wyoming to Western Australia?  How would they feel about 100-ton driverless bulldozers moving in unison through cramped tunnels, filling their buckets with ore and highly trained operators in offices thousands of miles away? The use of autonomous and semi-autonomous equipment is more of what we might expect at a futuristic mining colony on Mars than at a present-day mine here on Planet Earth.

For a variety of reasons, the use of remotely controlled or programmed vehicles is slowly making its impact in the underground mining industry. Underground mining is dangerous. It is competitive. And it is taking place further and further beneath the earth’s crust. For all of these reasons, mine operators and the vendors who equip them are working furiously to get human operators out of the mines and into safer locations.

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Topics: Autonomous Vehicles, Active Safety, Mining Safety

The Future of Platooning

By Dale Hessing on August 9, 2016

Merriam-Webster defines a platoon as “… two or more squads usually led by one lieutenant.” Change “squads” to “trucks” and “lieutenant” to “driver” and you’ve got the definition of what is currently taking the trucking world by storm.

Platooning isn’t a new concept, but recent advances have made it a viable, cost-savings transportation option for trucking fleets in the not-so-distant future.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Trucking Safety, Platooning

Mining Industry Examines the Safety of Autonomous Future

By Dale Hessing on May 25, 2016

They never take shift breaks. They do the dirty work. They face endless, brutal hazards. Driverless vehicles are on the scene in mining operations around the world and, in an industry that’s remained largely unchanged for the past 30 years, the big question looms, “How will this affect us?” Followed by the immediate concern, “Is it safe?”

First though, how do autonomous vehicles actually work? Under the hood of driverless heavy-duty fleets, you’ll find a combination of sensors, typically using radar and GPS to navigate. The GPS plots the course and mission of the vehicle. For mining operations, unmanned equipment typically moves around a pre-defined course—streamlining rigorous, tedious mining tasks like dumping and loading.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Sensor Fusion, Autonomous Vehicles, Object Detection, Radar Technology, Mining Safety

New Report Shows Effects of Safety Technology

By Dale Hessing on April 15, 2016

Transportation drives economic and societal progress. As it has from time immemorial. This rings especially true when it comes to the heavy-duty equipment that drives big enterprises around the world. Only now, it’s all moving forward at the rapid speed of the continuous advancement of transformative technology that could change the entire road ahead in the near future. A recent government report shows that within only three to five years, innovative tech applications may begin to have significant impacts on entire transportation systems and any vehicle-propelled industries.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Advanced Driver Assistance System, Telematics, Autonomous Vehicles, Internet of Things

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Accidents and Litigation

By Dale Hessing on December 29, 2015

One thing is certain, one day your organization will be faced with litigation as a result of an accident that involves your fleet. The severity of the accident, where it occurred and the circumstances surrounding the collision will be analyzed to prove any negligence committed by you, the carrier and/or the operator.

John Cruickshank, an attorney with Alaniz and Schraeder, recently participated on a panel with Preco Electronics and shared his belief that “a lawsuit avoided is better than a lawsuit won.” It is with this belief that we put forth below our Top 5 Tips for avoiding accidents and litigation.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Operator Education, Best Practices, Telematics

Top Trends in Safety Technology

By Dale Hessing on December 2, 2015

The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past and look towards the new year.  

As we look toward the future, the role safety technology will play within the worlds heavy-duty industry will continue to grow at a rapid pace.  A recent study of truck safety conducted by the Volvo Trucks’ Accident Research Team in Europe found that 90% of all truck safety incidents are due entirely or partly to human error.  It went on to state that by 2020 more than 35 million trucks globally will be connected, and collision-avoidance technologies that can help eliminate cyclist and pedestrian deaths caused by driver blind-spots are likely to be legally required in many markets.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Advanced Driver Assistance System, Telematics, Autonomous Vehicles

New Fleet Telematics Solutions add Safety Analytics

By Dale Hessing on October 21, 2015

In this second of three blog postings, Preco dives into the changing role of telematics within the heavy-duty industry and the influence that it has on operator and organizational efficiency. 

For heavy-duty fleets, telematics vendors are starting to incorporate ADAS’ safe vehicle and machine operation data into their solution suite. This expansion allows safety data and analytics to be presented as a part of the overall telematics application. As previously discussed in last week’s blog, The Boston Consulting Group pointed out that “commercial vehicles are ahead of the curve” in terms of adopting advanced driver assistance solutions (ADAS) as an innovative solution to improve safety. Operator efficiency and safety within the heavy-duty industry directly influences the productivity and profitability of the operator – in all markets including on-road transportation, utilities, waste, construction and mining. 

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Topics: Safety Technology, Advanced Driver Assistance System

Best Practices for Avoiding Worksite Accidents

By Dale Hessing on September 9, 2015

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

A good friend of mine shared this famous John Wooden quote on the first day of school for his two teen-age girls. How does this apply to PRECO and more specifically to the safety industry? Character is what is represented in every product that is developed and shipped out of PRECO’s door to help companies save lives and improve the worksite. At PRECO Electronics, a company that boasts an average employee tenure of almost 18 years, the effect of employee character is exemplified by PRECO’s willingness to challenge the status quo and push the industry to reevaluate technology and apply best practices that in turn saves lives.

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Topics: Collision Mitigation, Worksite Safety, Best Practices

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PRECO Electronics is a global technology provider that improves safety for operators, worksites, and the public. The effectiveness of our patented object detection radar systems is unmatched in heavy duty vehicle industries.

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