Bike Hotspot going down well with truck operators 17 February 2015

An award-winning cyclist safety system for trucks, developed by Gloucestershire-based commercial vehicle safety specialist Sentinel Systems, is going down well in the transport industry, particularly in London, according to the company.

Dubbed Bike Hotspot, it comprises four of Sentinel's safety aids, including a front corner system, side scan system, a side camera and an external sounder, which can be customised to the vehicle and its operation.

Scanning sensors are fitted along the nearside of the vehicle and front corner, and are linked to internal and external audio warnings to alert the driver and cyclist or pedestrian when the vehicle is turning left.

David Paulson, managing director at Sentinel Systems, explains that the system comes with the option to silence the alerts at night, with alternative LED warning lights used.

He also says that the scanners are programmed to detect cyclists at a particular distance and height, to avoid sensing cars or pedestrians not at risk.

A CAN (Controller Area Network) bus module has also been incorporated to ensure that the alerting system is only activated when the vehicle is manoeuvring at a speed below 10mph.

Sentinel Systems won the Product Innovation award at the Safety and Health exhibition as well as a local Cirencester Business award for Outstanding Product Innovation.

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Brian Tinham

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