One of the world’s leading public service providers, Serco, is equipping three of its vehicles with Reaclear, a revolutionary reversing aid designed to eliminate reversing accidents, with a view to installing the equipment to more of its vehicles operating in London.
The new device has been developed by vehicle safety technology company, Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS), who are responsible for Cyclear®, a cyclist safety warning device for HGVs.
Reaclear is a preventative device, designed to work with the driver and reversing assistant who carries a hand-held device with an integrated two-way Push To Talk (PTT) communications feature. Once it is safe to manoeuvre the reversing assistant presses the transmit button and this lets the driver know it is safe to reverse. In the event the vehicle is reversed without first receiving the signal, an alarm sounds in the cab along with flashing lights. A message is also sent to the transport office to determine if further action is required.
Phil Quelch, National Fleet & Plant Manager, Serco said: “We have been working with ISS for a number of years and we trust their engineering skills, industry knowledge and the quality of the products they produce. Reverse manoeuvres are still very dangerous in this industry and voice communications between drivers and their reversing assistants are a must. That’s why Reaclear is a big step in the right direction to reduce or minimise accidents.”
Phil added: “We plan to install the equipment onto three vehicles at first and put the technology through its paces on our biggest contracts, where we have the greatest mix of drivers and locations. This way the feedback from crews will be a true reflection of how Reaclear performs in real operational environments. Subject to the successful outcome of the trials we will look to install Reaclear onto more vehicles, and perhaps even our entire fleet.”
Gavin Thoday, Director, ISS said: “Reaclear has taken 7 years of research and development to come to fruition and has the potential to revolutionise the way we reverse RCV’s, as well as how we safeguard crew members and the public. Before designing the device we looked at the problem from all perspectives and got everyone involved including operators, drivers and service users. We are grateful to Serco who gave valuable insight during this process and provided crucial feedback during the development phase of Reaclear.”
Reaclear is the second product in the ISS ‘Clear’ family, following in the footsteps of Cyclear®, which is now part of the standard refuse vehicle specification for many waste operators, including Serco, and local authorities across the UK.
For further information about ISS and its portfolio of products tel:02476 442699 or visit www.iss-international.co.uk.