The Blaxtair Pedestrian Detection System is said to be revolutionising industrial and commercial workplaces using forklifts and other machinery, making a huge difference in improving workplace safety. With a number of beneficial features, the system is claimed to not only improve safety but increase efficiency and productivity.
What is Blaxtair?
Blaxtair is a pedestrian detection and anti-collision 3D camera for forklifts and other industrial vehicles that uses artificial intelligence to differentiate between objects and people so that operators are only alerted in a near-miss situation. The focus of the Blaxtair is to reduce the number of alarms that operators hear so that they do not become desensitised to the alert, which can be the case for other proximity technologies such as radar or RFID-based systems.
Arguments against RFID: Radio Frequency systems require employees to wear tagged equipment (vests, hard hats, etc.) in order for them to be detected. Not only is this difficult to manage with a large number of employees, but it can also lead to useless alarms for people being in an area close to a forklift that is not deemed a dangerous situation.
Arguments against Radar: Radar systems will give off alarms for anything picked up in the protected zone. This can be useful in wide-open spaces with minimal coactivity between PIV’s and people, but can easily lead to over alarming in a more crowded facility.
Blaxtair allows for efficient work within the industrial site by detecting any obstacles that may come across its path. The machine is able to recognise if the obstacle is a pedestrian or not by analysing its shape. Should there be any imminent risk to a person, the driver of the vehicle will be alerted, allowing for the prevention of a potentially fatal collision. The benefit of Blaxtair is that it does not affect productivity by only warning the driver when there is a serious threat of harm or danger.
Why is it important to specifically detect pedestrians?
Blaxtair differs from traditional obstacle detection systems, by raising an alarm solely if there is a pedestrian in danger of being struck by the vehicle in question. It is said to ensures total pedestrian safety without unnecessary alarms that may distract the operator, allowing for a productive yet safe workplace.
The cloud-based solution ‘Blaxtair Connect’ revolutionises the safety of people around machines, helping companies to achieve the “zero accident” objective they seek. It provides relevant metrics and a heat map so that companies can proactively monitor the risk of accidents on a daily basis and thus drastically reduce them.
A simple guide to the segregation of vehicles and pedestrians: Link