Leica Geosystems has made substantial enhancements to their modular safety awareness solutions, the Leica iCON PA10 and PA80, for construction sites. After initially concentrating on pedestrians, the enhancements now include collision avoidance in hazardous conditions involving sensor-enabled machines, objects, and restriction zones.
Heavy construction consistently ranks in the top three industries worldwide for serious injuries and fatalities. Addressing these risks constituted the primary motivation behind the development of the Leica iCON safety awareness solution portfolio. The enhanced safety awareness technology from Leica Geosystems is helping to prevent incidents on construction sites.
Committing to technology that integrates a collision-avoidance system with a personal alert solution might be the smartest investment a company can make to improve productivity and safety. Providing better visibility, greater feedback to operators and field personnel minimizes the risk of injuries, near-misses and site shutdowns.
A vision for blind spots: the Leica iCON PA10 personal alert and collision avoidance system
The Leica iCON PA10 is an accident-avoidance device worn on-site for 360-degree visibility of pedestrians around heavy equipment. The personal alert device creates multiple zones with up to 50 metres ranges with configurable warnings around any vehicle. The technology can predict potential close interactions between machinery and field crew, generating visual, audible and vibratory alarms to both operators and the pedestrians to avert potential accidents. Additional sensors can easily be installed on other moving objects and machines or to mark static infrastructure and avoidance zones. The resulting impact on blind spots and their human, operational and financial risks is significant. Safety awareness can thus become a keystone of how people, products and precious resources interact on successful construction sites.
Integrating the Leica iCON PA80 for connected safety awareness
Users of the Leica MC1 machine control platform can leverage their investments to run the new safety awareness solution. The Leica iCON PA80 integration will automatically alert the operator on the screen of the same device that they already use for their ongoing machine operations. This will increase awareness and immediate response regardless of if the operator is in a dozer, excavator or any other heavy equipment using the MC1 machine control system. Leveraging the MC1 cloud enablement, incidents can also be logged and distributed to enable visualisation, analytics or reporting within a contractor's existing safety management processes.
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