Concrete Products

MAR 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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www.concreteproducts.com March 2017 • 65 FEATURE SHOW REPORT The PreView Sentry and Side Defender col- lision avoidance radar systems debut this year in concrete and construction materials hauling. The former eliminates operators' rear blind spots by detecting objects from the face of the radar up to 30 meters (98 feet); its detection zone width is adjustable to fit nearly every vehicle type. The PreView Sentry accurately identifies the location and velocity of up to 16 people or objects simul- taneously and is designed to withstand the harsh environments typical of heavy vehicles. Built-in, fail-safe alerts notify the operator of radar blockage or communication issues. "Sentry's flexibility and enhanced radar capabilities are changing the way the safety industry is evaluating collision mitigation technology for the heavy-duty market," con- tends Preco Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Tom Loutzenheiser. "[Our] growing list of customer and partner deployments are the best testament of the technology's impact on the market." "We have spent the last 17 years devel- oping radar based object detection systems," adds Preco CEO Jim Bean. "Sentry represents the next generation of collision mitigation technology. We built [it] with an eye to the future, anticipating applications such as vehicle automation, sensor fusion and system integrations, including telematics and data logging." The PreView Side Defender is designed to actively warn drivers of objects in the vehicle's side blind zones, including pedes- trians, bicyclists and vehicles. The device can read vehicle speed messages via J1939 CAN bus interface (an industry standard). Additionally, it has the ability to integrate with telematics applications, vision systems, LED mirror indicators, or other sensors using industry standard communications. With speed information, PreView Side Defender can operate intelligently in dif- ferent modes. In highway mode, it alerts operators of vehicles in the side blind zones, while ignoring stationary objects such as guardrails to reduce nuisance alerts. In slow- speed mode, the device is positioned to play an integral role in emerging side turn assist applications—aimed specifically at reduc- ing vehicle collisions with pedestrians and cyclists in urban environments. "Side Defender will help drivers and fleet operations mitigate side collisions, both on highway and while navigating busy urban streets, improving safety and efficiency," notes Bean. "[It] represents the culmination of over two years of testing and research in order to provide our customers with the most advanced collision mitigation technology." — Preco Electronics, Boise, Idaho, 866/977- 7326; www.preco.com Booth S64833 PRECO ELECTRONICS The PreView Sentry (above) and Side Defender premiered for construction applications on a CIFA boom pump truck, part of the Irving Equipment fleet at World of Concrete in January. PHOTOS: Concrete Products

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