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Mobile crane trials safety system with all-round vision

by Mark Cantrell
Mammoet is working with a specialist vehicle safety firm to develop a visual system for mobile cranes that provides a full 360-degree view.

Mammoet is working with a specialist vehicle safety firm to develop a visual system for mobile cranes that provides a full 360-degree view.

The joint project with Rietveld aims to provide greater protection to drivers and road users when mobile cranes are moving and manoeuvring, with a camera and sensor setup that alerts drivers to site hazards.

The project combines three different safety technologies and was commissioned by Mammoet to support its customers to meet stricter safety regulations. Testing is currently being carried out on one of the company’s new Liebherr LTM 1070-4.2 70t mobile cranes.

Ferdi Kivanc, project coordinator EMD at Mammoet, said: “By combining these three systems, Mammoet will improve safety, minimize accidents and damage, and give greater confidence to crane operators to create safer working environments.

“We see this as a comprehensive system that will not only enhance crane safety, but also operator training in the future. Initial tests are promising, and I am very proud of the results.”

Operating in three-tiers, the system includes Rietveld’s OmniVue 360-degree camera system. Using a combination of cameras installed on the crane’s chassis, it generates real-time first and third-person images of the vehicle. This gives the driver a full 360-view from both inside and outside the cab, enabling them to see what pedestrians and other road users are seeing.

The second tier adds a series of sensors that detect people and obstacles within an adjustable safety radius around the crane. When the sensors detect a potential hazard, an acoustic signal alerts the driver. An LED warning panel also displays the section of the crane where the motion was detected.

The final tier, the ‘Halo’, draws a light boundary on the floor around the crane, giving those nearby a clear visual indication of the safe zone around it. This is especially important at sites where hearing protection is required. The boundary can be switched on and off manually and is set to automatically turn off when a certain speed is reached.

Frank Kanters, account manager at Rietveld, added: “When Mammoet approached us with what it wanted to achieve, we were delighted to offer our expertise.

“By working with its engineers to test the integration of our collision-prevention technologies, we have created something unique in crane safety solutions. We look forward to developing the system further and progressing to eventual rollout.”


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