News and Media - Press Releases: Komvision provides operators with extra eyes to aid pit safety

Komatsu has introduced a major advancement in vehicle safety with KomVision, as system that employs high-definition cameras and radar technology to provide operators with a real-time bird’s eye-view of their vehicles and their surroundings.

Past, or in many cases, current practice requires drivers of high capacity trucks to rely on mirrors to gauge their proximity to other objects and, more importantly, people either on foot or in LDVs.

The sheer size of any rigid dump truck means that the scope of mirror-based observation is limited, which  hampers the operator’s ability to recognise and assess potential hazards and, crucially, take decisive action. 

Opencast operations often work around the clock and operators must contend with adverse weather conditions, including mist, rain, dust and, of course, darkness during night shifts. KomVision provides them with a 360° view of their situation which immediately alerts them to hazards to the front, rear and side.

Immediate recognition of the immense value of this technological advancement was the insistence of one of South Africa’s foremost platinum producers for the complete KomVision package to be installed on a recent delivery of Komatsu 930E rigid dump trucks.

Key accounts manager Louis Kidson explains how the KomVision concept struck an immediate chord with an acknowledged leader in the mining industry.

“Safety is absolutely key to the future of mining in South Africa and convincing research has shown that the biggest single cause of fatalities has been interaction between man and mobile machinery,” says Louis.

“If an object, say a LDV or other vehicle comes within camera or radar range, the system automatically focusses on this development and the driver is given immediate visual contact.”

Customers have welcomed KomVision while operators have rapidly come to grips with its cockpit-mounted display and control systems.

  • KomVision involves the installation of 6 cameras and 8 radar scanners to each machine
  • It will soon become an option on most electrical and mechanical drive trucks