ZoneSafe, the newest technology to enhance workplace safety made by Brigade Electronics, works by using RFID technology to create detection zones around vehicles, ostensibly reducing the risk of injury or damage from collisions and near-miss occurrences to people and property.

The manufacturer says the technology is designed for use in challenging environments, including warehouses, construction sites, manufacturing sites, trash sites, airports, and distribution centers.

“Approximately 70% of incidents on sites happen during initial machine start-up and low speed movement because of poor visibility,” said Corey Heniser, CEO of Brigade Electronics INC. “This makes ZoneSafe ideal for vehicles and mobile machinery that frequently operate within close proximity to workers and other machines, particularly in difficult conditions. It provides fast, reliable and accurate data exchange without any limitation on the number of tags or antennas in operation.”

ZoneSafe uses vehicle-mounted antennas that communicate with detection tags designed to be worn by workers, setting up a designated “restricted” area, or may be placed on an objects or property. Think of it as a pseudo-force field. 

When a tag enters a detection zone, the vehicle operator automatically receives both visual and audible alerts via the in-cab control unit. Tags worn by workers on foot will also vibrate to warn of an approaching vehicle.

Because the nature of RFID technology does not require line-of-sight viewing to operate, tags will be detected regardless of obstructions, blind spots, adverse weather conditions or poor visibility, according to Brigade. Each tag can be uniquely identified and linked to individual people.

Brigade Electronics is a worldwide market-leading provider of safety devices and solutions for commercial vehicles and machinery. More information can be found at ZoneSafe RFID Detection System.