Moving Safety Forward Since 1947

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A Brief History

Founded in 1947, PRECO Electronics has become a worldwide leader in heavy-duty safety innovation. PRECO patented the world’s first electronic backup alarm as a result of watching utility employees on dam sites. Ed Peterson, PRECO’s founder, noticed that accidents were frequently happening while heavy equipment was operating in reverse. The flaggers used at the time weren’t safe because the equipment blind spots were too massive.

PRECO HistoryEd knew that lives could be saved if there was a better way to warn workers of a reversing vehicle. In 1962, the first backup alarm was installed. It has since become a safety standard on heavy-duty vehicles and equipment worldwide. 

Since that time, protecting lives and precious company assets has been what motivates the PRECO team.

Recent Awards and Honors 

PRECO Electronics has a long history of working within heavy-duty industries. It is because of our active involvement that we know the unique safety challenges that come with working in and around heavy equipment and continually strive to provide the most advanced safety technology available.

Our innovative safety solution, the PreView Sentry™ was recognized as one of the Top 100 New Products of 2017 by Construction Equipment. Selected by the editorial staff, Construction Equipment Top 100 is the longest-running awards program of its kind and identifies the most significant new products announced each year. PreView Sentry™ was the only collision avoidance solution recognized among the Top 100 new products.

The PreView Sentry Plus recently received the Commercialized Innovation of the Year Award, a category of the Idaho Innovation Awards. These awards recognize innovations, innovative professionals, and companies for their groundbreaking accomplishments.  As the award recipient, PRECO’s PreView Sentry Plus was selected for the intelligent technology that combines heavy-duty collision avoidance technology with an integrated radar and camera monitor system.

Worldwide Collision Avoidance Leader

PRECO has provided heavy-duty safety solutions to OEMs, partners, dealers, and end users worldwide. Our safety systems can be found on equipment working at mining sites in Saudi Arabia, the L.A. Rams and L.A. Chargers new stadium construction site, waste collection trucks on the busy streets of Waikiki, and on ASI’s (Autonomous Solutions Inc.) concept autonomous tractor.  

Our systems are not only installed on a wide range of equipment, but we also participated in some very unique concepts. One such unique application is the use of PRECO’s object detection systems on Terex Utilities’ trucks with outriggers. 


The PreView Sentry™ is used to identify an individual when they enter the predefined danger zone while the outrigger is being lowered. Showcased at ICUEE 2017, the radar detects an individual and halts the lowering process, avoiding potentially dangerous situations.

To Next Year and Beyond

Each new year ushers in new challenges and goals for organizations and individuals alike. The PRECO team is committed to continued development and innovation of heavy-duty safety solutions to help ensure operators, workers, and the public make it home safely for many years to come.  

Topics: PRECO Electronics, Heavy-Duty Safety, Leadership, Safety Innovation

Who We Are

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

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