Inverclyde Council chose to install 360-degree cameras onto 11 vehicles to reduce the risks of any potential incidents and improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. They are very happy with the results, having received some good feedback from driver supervisors and insurance personnel who have found the systems very useful in providing evidence in a number of instances.Experts in vehicle safety and camera solutions, Sentinel Systems, have worked with Inverclyde Council to install a number of camera safety systems onto their refuse collection vehicles.
The vehicles operate around one of Scotland’s most compact council areas, covering the towns of Greenock, Port Glasgow, Gourock and the villages of Kilmacolm, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay.
Sentinel Systems installed an all-round camera system with recording, as well as side scan with visual and rear radar warnings. The radar systems alert passers-by and cyclists to reversing vehicles and cover any blind spots with visual and audio aids. Sentinel’s 360-degree cameras have an inbuilt DVR system, which lowers the risk of potential accidents and records any incidents that might occur. The DVR captures up to 30 days of footage.
Inverclyde Council has also welcomed the launch of a new depot, a state-of-the-art development which will service the council’s vehicles. The VMF (Vehicle Maintenance Facility), part of an overall depot project, is now home to the roads service, refuse collection, maintenance staff and transport services, and also incorporates a new recycling centre, fuel storage, distribution facilities and a salt barn.
The Sentinel camera systems, as recommended by the council, also comprise side scanning sensors and cameras and allow members of the public to be warned if the vehicle is turning left; a feature that is controlled by the left hand indicator. The system activates when the vehicle is travelling less than 15mph to prevent any false alarms.
The reversing radar systems installed at the back of the vehicles use quality UK-made components to provide a reliable service and help mitigate any potential risks. Sentinel Systems offer a wide range of cameras and have more than 30 years’ experience in their field. Types of systems include side-scanning, forward-facing and reversing cameras to provide the 360-degree view of the vehicle, accompanied by DVR and radar systems for advanced performance.