Bywaters fits Sentinel safety systems
Published: 03 October, 2016
Vehicle safety specialists Sentinel Systems has helped Bywaters produce safer transport for their recycling and waste services by installing four vehicle cameras and its award-winning Bike Hotspot System on half their trucks.
The company which has depots in Leyton and Bow and operates nationally managing the waste disposal for events and several blue-chip companies, has a fleet of more than 50 vehicles.
With much of its work in London, Bywaters required vehicle safety systems that allowed them to meet the latest regulations proposed by FORS and CLOCS. Having the systems installed also made Bywaters vehicles compliant with Crossrail regulations.
Mohamed Abdurahim, logistics support manager at Bywater, said: ‘Having searched around for a while we were recommended Sentinel’s solutions by another company and were given the opportunity to trial the systems.
‘We were very impressed with the quality of product and service that was offered and we have since installed half our fleet with its 4-way camera and Bike Hotspot cyclist safety systems.
‘We particularly wanted to work with a company that handles all installations and services in-house, rather than sub-contract engineers, which is something Sentinel was able to offer. They also understood our needs and were able to suggest and provide a solution that was tailored to our requirements. Since installing the systems we have been impressed with their performance.’
Sentinel’s 4-camera system allows Bywaters’ drivers to now see the vehicle’s 360° surroundings, including the rear and near-side blind spots. This particular system is created using a selection of Sentinel’s high-quality cameras positioned at the rear, front and sides of the vehicle and is tailored to the safety requirements of the fleet based on their day-to-day operations.
Refuse collection vehicles in particular often require employees to travel outside the vehicle, which instantly poses a hazard to themselves and the driver. In now being able to see people or objects, particularly at the rear of the vehicle, a driver can take caution when manoeuvring and ultimately prevent a collision.
The cameras are all linked to Sentinel’s in-cab, seven-inch monitor, which gives the driver a full and constant view of the vehicle surroundings whilst driving. This visual aid helps to improve the efficiency and safety of manoeuvres.
Sentinel also installed its award-winning Bike Hotspot System, which is designed to protect cyclists by improving the drivers awareness of approaching cyclists.
In having these two, life-saving systems installed on its service vehicles, Bywaters is encouraging safe driving and are amongst some of the safest operating vehicles on UK roads.
It is Sentinel’s aim to help eliminate risks associated with HGVs and reduce the daily challenges that drivers and fleet operators face every day, especially when operating in highly congested areas.