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Access Control Group Launches Aware, a Collision-Avoidance System

Designed to offer a comprehensive safety solution for fleet vehicles and workforce personnel

Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 12:58

(Access Control Group: Chandler, AZ) -- Chaotic work environments, distracted workers, and equipment zooming through facilities such as distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, construction sites, or ports can cause collision risks.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is responsible for more than 21 percent of all worker deaths in the United States, and OSHA estimates forklifts cause 34,900 accidents that result in serious injury each year. This can cost a company from $38,000 to $150,000 for a single incident. Many such accidents could be avoided with the right equipment and training.

Protecting people, products, and assets

Scalable telematics provider Access Control Group is launching a proximity warning system to help companies protect their employees’ safety with Aware, an ultra-wide band (UWB)-based proximity system that measures distance between moving objects and alerts both operators and pedestrians of approaching equipment. Additionally, UWB technology allows Aware to penetrate most obstacles and operate around blind corners.

Aware was designed to operate for the safety of pedestrians and mobile assets in material handling, construction, maritime, and distribution center industries. But unlike other collision-avoidance systems, Aware is an option you can add to Access Control Group’s scalable telematics solution Advanced to avoid managing multiple gadgets and avoiding higher costs, while tracking measurements and reporting on equipment damage, productivity, and safety issues. The application also allows users to monitor battery and fuel levels.

How Aware works

When a wearable tag or outfitted equipment comes in the range of other outfitted equipment, an audiovisual alarm indicator warns the operator. Aware offers two settings: alert and alarm. After the initial 30-minute installation, the range settings can be adjusted from the system or the cloud to meet any specific requirements.

Accecc Control AWARE units
Aware wearable and equipment collision-avoidance units

Wearable tags are operated by a rechargeable battery that can last up to three weeks. Recharging can be done by simply placing the tag on a wireless charger.

About Access Control Group

Access Control Group is a pioneer in scalable asset management with 21+ years of industry experience helping businesses in the ground support, material handling, and manufacturing industries. It provides IIoT solutions to Fortune 100–500 corporations and helps them gain visibility across their enterprise with modern application programming interfaces (API).


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