Each year the UK records more than 5,000 accidents involving workplace transport* with poor visibility and being struck when reversing being common causes. More can be done to improve visibility for drivers, whether they are in the workplace, on the building site or on the roads.
Advice from HSE suggests that reversing aids, such as CCTV and sensors have an important role to play, which reinforces why commercial vehicle safety systems are more than optional extras, but more a necessity that can help to identify hazards and in turn reduce accidents.
Showcasing their latest developments with vehicle safety systems, Ring, supplier to the automotive aftermarket and vehicle conversion sector, look at how this easy to fit technology is offering peace of mind for drivers and for business owners operating light commercial vehicles.
Henry Bisson, Marketing Manager at Ring, comments: “Whatever the hazard – pedestrians, equipment, buildings or even other vehicles – safety systems, such as reversing and brake light cameras, put drivers in control enhancing safety in a cost-effective way.
“As a result, we are seeing more and more fleets and operating sites demand the fitment of these systems, this is increasingly becoming a job expected of the workshop technician.
“Easy and quick for workshop technicians to install and simple for the operator to use, they help to improve the awareness of potential hazards, this can reduce accidents and help to meet obligations imposed by health and safety legislation.
“But the benefits don’t stop there. It’s not just a health and safety measure but a way of cutting expenses, especially when we consider the costs associated with accident repair and downtime. The ability to add additional cameras and record movement of vehicles and their occupants also supports vehicle security.”
Recognising the important role these systems play, Ring has complemented its 7.0” Camera System (RGB1070), which has been specifically designed to support light commercial vehicles, with two higher spec models.
Bisson adds: “There are a number of Vehicle Safety Systems on the market, which can make the decision for shoppers somewhat overwhelming. Key points to consider when purchasing these market leading tools are budget and choosing a model that is fit for purpose. This avoids costly models that feature extras that simply aren’t necessary, giving customers the option to choose one that is suitable for their vehicle.”
Ring’s RGB1070 is a rear view, good value CMOS camera (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) that offers two camera inputs and a Pin Aviation connector that is screw locking. A good entry level model, it offers easy to use features that are important when choosing the right system, including automatic operation when reversing is selected.
Full colour, to enhance visibility and including LED Infra-red night vision, the RGB1070 delivers at any time of day.
“Wireless capability, picture quality and the number of camera channels offer opportunities for upgrades,” adds Bisson. “Latest models include an HD CMOS camera that provides a higher definition image by using 1/3” sensors upgraded to 700 TV lines. These cameras are also rated to IP69K, to survive harsh environments and jet washing machines.”
New to market is Ring’s Dual (RBG2070) and Wireless (RBW4070) Camera Systems. Each offers a HD CMOS Camera sensor to provide higher definition images, picture clarity that is comparable with more expensive CCD (Charge Coupled Device).
Additional high spec features include monitor resolution at 800 x 480, camera resolution at 700TVL and parking guidelines. With an IP69K camera for the harshest environments and jet washed vehicles, multiple (16) Infra Red LEDs for low light reversing, as well as a rugged die cast casing, there are a number of features for customers to consider.
Rings Dual Channel Digital Camera System (RBG2070) includes two channels and is ideal for low lighting conditions and most commercial vehicle applications. Rugged with touch sensitive keys, a sun visor and night mode, this system is moisture and dust resistant and assists spatial awareness when reversing.
Also featuring within Ring’s range of camera systems is the Wireless Camera System, Quad Channel (RBGW4070) with four camera channels and offering a wireless digital video up to 100 metres, this system extends the range for longer vehicles.
These latest models join Ring’s range of Brake Light Camera Kits for specific LCV’s, which have been designed to easily replace the existing manufacturers fitted high level brake lights to retain the OEM look. Conveniently, these kits can be used in conjunction with Ring’s 7” roof mount or 4.3 mirror mounting monitors to provide a reversing system solution.
Each brake light camera (RBGCBMS/RBGCBFT/RBGCBGV/RBGCBRT/RBGCBFD) provides a wide angle, high level view to aid safe reversing of LCV vehicles. Boasting a 120° viewing angle, 9 x IR LED and an infra-red distance of 7m, options are also available to create a complete twin channel kit with dashboard or rear view mirror mounting monitors.