GPS machine guidance may be the future of landfill management, according to Andrew Granger, Business Manager for mining, solar and landfill solutions at Position Partners. Read more
Proximity detection and collision awareness systems are safeguards waste management and landfill managers can implement to reduce accidents, keep track of machine movements and mitigate risk across the site.
Proximity detection systems can increase safety on site by alerting machine operators and individuals on foot to their proximity to other workers, via small devices fitted to the machine or worn on clothing.
Alternatively, collision awareness technology alerts operators to collisions, either with other machines, or assets and infrastructure around the site.
Since the technology’s inception, proximity detection and collision awareness solutions have become both more sophisticated and easier to use.
Historically, some systems have been known to ‘over alarm’ or be very complex to install and manage, which can become a hinderance to productivity.
According to Andrew Granger, Position Partners Executive Manger Mining, Landfill and Solar, this ‘boy who cried wolf’ situation can lead to more danger, with workers not treating alarms seriously.
“The way to reduce these false alarms and increase urgency and reaction to alarms is to improve accuracy,” Mr Granger says.
“Some systems, such as those by Blue Electronics, have features that increase accuracy and greatly reduce false alarms.”
Position Partners operates as Blue Electronics’ solution provider for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Mr Granger says Blue Electronics have improved the technology around collision avoidance systems through the use of SBAS and Bluetooth low energy technology, a “failsafe” method that protects even when GPS drops out.
“The devices can be installed in a matter of minutes on any machine, heavy or light, so they can be swapped between plant,” Mr Granger says.
“The systems offer a highly modular and use-friendly solution.”
Mr Granger says Blue Electronics can achieve a relative accuracy of plus or minus one metre with no special infrastructure.
“However for applications requiring higher accuracy, operators can upgrade the system by adding a base station or our AllDayRTK network and achieve accuracies of plus or minus 25 millimetres,” he says.
“These systems are extremely reliable and easy to deploy, they are a great option for all sites, large or small.”