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The BodyGuard proximity warning system from Orbit Communications increases worker safety in logistics centres

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article image The BodyGuard proximity warning system warns forklift operators of the risk of collision with a person or other piece of equipment

A proximity warning system, the BodyGuard, is now available from Orbit Communications , which provides a risk management solution for logistics centres where forklifts and personnel work in close proximity. 

Vehicle cabs are fitted with the BodyGuard vehicle proximity alarm unit, while personnel wear a small BodyGuard TAG device. The TAG device is detected by the proximity warning alarm unit in the vehicle to warn the operator that a person is in close proximity.

The BodyGuard proximity warning system works by setting up an invisible proximity warning detection zone around the vehicle which activates a warning alarm whenever a person wearing a TAG device is detected within the zone. The alarm is both audible and visual, effectively warning the operator to take care as something or someone is in close proximity and there is a risk of collision.

The alarm deactivates automatically when the detected object moves outside the proximity warning detection zone.

The BodyGuard proximity warning system has a flexible, user-programmable proximity detection zone from around 3m to over 100m.

Applications for the BodyGuard proximity warning system include:

  • warehouses and other logistic centres where forklifts and personnel operate in common work areas
  • gantry cranes at freight terminals and other loading areas
  • indoor gantry cranes for processing plants
  • haul road truck, utility vehicles and personnel at open-cut mines
  • truck mounted cranes to prevent operators being hit by the boom
  • spotting in front of vehicles in forestry and shipping docks
  • front-end loaders
  • small excavators and forklifts on construction sites.
Benefits and key features of the BodyGuard proximity warning system include:
  • lower collision risks
  • enhances existing risk management systems
  • more than one proximity detector unit can be installed on larger vehicles
  • suitable for 12 and 24V vehicle electrical systems
  • rugged IP66 rated weatherproof enclosure suitable for outdoor use 
  • built-in data logging of all proximity alert events to provide 'audit trail'
  • remote configuration using PDA or laptop computer
  • three year manufacturer's warranty.

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