As warehouses and factories become increasingly busy, forklifts are both a key productivity tool and a major safety hazard. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) most recent estimates indicate that between 35,000 and 62,000 injuries occur every year involving forklifts in the US alone. While driver safety is always a top priority, forklifts equipped with AI technology can go beyond this and become a smarter, safer workhorse for the entire workspace.

One major area where AI-enabled forklift safety system excel is in detecting and identifying people in the forklift’s environment. People are a company’s most valuable asset, both morally and financially, and they perform a variety of crucial tasks on the warehouse or factory floor. AI-enabled forklifts can help keep these individuals safe by providing the driver with additional viewpoints and situational awareness. Outward-facing cameras mounted on the forklift can detect and recognize people, providing the driver with crucial information to make the best decisions for safety and productivity.

Forklift safety system functions (sensor and Driver Safety System)

The VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety System is one such solution that can help companies retrofit their forklifts with AI-powered people detection technology. The system includes high-resolution cameras that can be mounted on the forklift’s overhead guard frame, with flexible positioning to suit any workplace environment. These cameras are built to withstand rugged conditions and provide longevity for the solution investment.

But simply having cameras isn’t enough – the system must also be calibrated for safety and performance. This involves optimizing both the hardware and software to enhance the assistance that AI can provide to the operation, improving safety records, training capabilities, employee well-being, and the bottom line. Calibration is a crucial step in unlocking the full potential of AI-enabled forklifts.

In conclusion, forklifts are a double-edged sword in a busy workspace, delivering productivity gains but also presenting significant safety risks. AI-enabled forklift safety system can help mitigate these risks by providing additional situational awareness and people detection capabilities. With the right technology and calibration, forklifts can become a smarter, safer, and more productive tool for the entire workplace.

If you are interested in learning more about the VIA Mobile360 Forklift Safety System, book a free consultation now.