ARINAlert – Forklift Collision Avoidance System prevents accidents between forklifts and pedestrians and other forklifts.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARINAlert uses the latest technology to very precisely measure distance between two devices. This distance measurement is then used to determine the kind of action to take and drives the type of alert to perform.
ARINAlert will provide an alert within 0.3 seconds of a pedestrian worker, another forklift or tagged fixed property coming within predefined warning and danger zones.
ARINAlert will provide audio, visual, and haptic alerts.
For the forklift driver, the visual alert is a traffic light like system that shows Green for all clear, Yellow/Amber for presence of a protected asset within the predefined warning zone and Red for presence of a protected asset within a predefined Danger zone. The audio alerts increase as protected assets get closer from 2 Hz in the warning zone to 4 Hz in the danger zone.
For pedestrians, similarly, tags with alerting provide audio and haptic (e.g. cell phone on vibrate) alerts as machinery approached.
ARINAlert is designed to be very easy to install. A mechanic can install the system in 15 minutes on a forklift.
We recommend attaching the forklift monitoring unit close to the center of the forklift (or any industrial vehicle) with heavy duty zip ties and then attaching the buzzer and light bar to an appropriate place in the cab of the vehicle. Ensure that the light bar is visible to the operator directly since this is the primary means of alerting the operator.
Links to the installation instructions are here.
Yes. The distances are configurable in 10 cm increments, up to 40 m. We will configure to your specification during assembly. We can provide on-site support or a laptop accessory for self adjustments.
A single charge will power a tag for 20 hours, long enough to for a double shift. Tags can be charged via standard USB port or optional charging stations.
Yes. As long as there is space for the signal to propagate, ARINAlert will function well. ARINAlert has proven effective through racking stocked with a variety of products.
On average, engineering controls like ARINAlert pay for themselves within the first year or two. Check out this blog post on building a business case for engineering controls.
There are products on the market that use technologies such as magnetic fields, RFID and Ultrasound to provide similar capabilities. We believe that our technology which is based on accurate time keeping and measuring time for radio signals to travel from one tag to another is superior to existing technologies.
Magnetic Fields: Products using these technologies generate a strong magnetic field at low frequencies. These magnetic field generators are mounted above the head of the person operating the industrial vehicle. Tags on pedestrian workers detect these magnetic fields and use their presence to alert the worker and the forklift operator to the presence of a worker.
RFID: Products using these technologies detect the presence of a specific radio frequency. The radio frequency is generated with a RF generator attached to the forklift and mounted above the head of the person operating the vehicle. RFID will detect presence and will use the presence detection to alert the vehicle operator. RFID suffers from lot of false positives.
Ultrasound: This technology works like the parking assistant sensors on a car. The ultra sound sensors can detect the presence of obstacles near the forklift (up to 3 meters) and then use this information to alert a forklift operator to the proximity of the obstacle.
A UWB technology comparison by Quorvo can be found here.