SonaSafe® is an advanced machine operator awareness system fitted to vehicles, like forklifts and other plant, to identify the presence of crew and other vehicles nearby.
SonaSafe® reduces the risk of on-site collisions, protects people and helps reduce vehicles reversing or running into stationary objects. SonaSafe® helps you:
- Reduce injury and harm
- Reduce expensive repairs to equipment or plant
- Reduce staff downtime
- Steer clear of costly increased insurance premiums
- Encourage a culture of safe behaviour.
The SonaSafe® system uses four separate components, seamlessly working together to improve your workplace safety:
- The PDU – personal detector unit (worn by personnel or wall/gate/door- mounted)
- Sonar sounder (four attached to the corners of each vehicle)
- Loud speaker (attached to the vehicle to speak to the driver)
- Master box (in the cab of the vehicle)
THE BLACK BOX
SonaSafe® proximity warning system with a human voice
All crew wear a rechargeable Personal Detector Unit (PDU) unique to that
person and can be programmed with the individual crew member’s name on the Dashboard.
As an extra safety feature, the PDU will alert any vehicle close by if its battery starts to run low.
When a pedestrian or other vehicle comes into a SonaSafe® vehicle’s proximity, a loudspeaker in the vehicle cab advises the driver using a spoken voice.
When a SonaSafe® message is received, a blue light is also activated in the
loudspeaker, the vehicle FM radio loudspeakers may be disconnected and/or an external light or solenoid activated.
Simple to use, the SonaSafe® system can be configured to control other functions too, such as automatic braking or stopping the machine in the presence of specific crew or other vehicles.
SonaSafe® is adaptable
Protect your valuable assets from damage. Incredibly versatile, the SonaSafe® Proximity Warning System can be fitted anywhere, not just as a tag used by staff. Attach it to objects, doors, tricky corners or ceilings.
SonaSafe® proximity sensors on objects
The PDU can be fitted to any objects and named, so that a forklift driver gets a message to STOP in a restricted area. Or, if you need a one off or temporary solution, SonaSafe® offers a VPDU (vehicle personal detector unit). This sits on the roof of a small vehicle, ute or car, differentiating it from people.
SonaSafe® proximity warning systems at work
We’ve used leading sonar technology to develop a product that takes into account a number of varied safety scenarios. But we’re always willing to adapt SonaSafe® solutions to your specific industry, work environment and business needs. When we assess a workplace environment, however, we start with the basics:
- Identify situations where people are near mobile plant
- Determine areas where mobile plant are in the vicinity of mobile plant
- Ascertain virtual fencing needs
- Identify where people or vehicles come near machines such as cranes and other moving parts
- Work with your existing health and safety procedures and processes.
Proximity Warning Solutions are then tailored to your business needs, the way your crew work, your traffic management plan and the health and safety processes, systems and routines you already have in place. We listen to your challenges, design a specific SonaSafe® solution, install the software and units, train your staff and follow up as part of our comprehensive service plan. Find out more about how we work.
See SonaSafe® proximity warning systems in action
SonaSafe® proximity warning systems are available for purchase or if you’d like to try before you buy, you can lease them on a monthly basis. Follow up technical support is all part of the service. Talk to us about a demonstration or trial.