The authority has been fitting camera systems to its waste and recycling fleet since 2015. However, a spate of faulty camera incidents, which resulted in unrecorded incidents, has led the council to switch suppliers and install new camera technology to its fleet. Eighteen waste management vehicles and nine accessible buses are now equipped with the RXLite LIVE camera systems from Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS).
Ronnie Hannah, fleet officer, South Ayrshire Council, said: “We used to record footage onto a hard drive with our previous supplier. However, the hard-drive had to be removed, downloaded and reviewed, which was time-consuming. Also, we experienced a number of situations where footage from particular incidents had not been recorded due to undiagnosed faults with a camera. For this reason we investigated options for a more reliable, fit-for-purpose solution.”
Its new ISS-managed service includes remote monitoring, management and preventative maintenance of camera systems and in-vehicle technology, including daily equipment health checks, automatic fault management and pro-active warranty call-out response from the ISS support team.
The council has also installed the Cyclear safety warning device from ISS to its fleet to protect cyclists and vulnerable road users.
Four new buses and six new refuse vehicles, all equipped with RXLite and Cyclear are due to arrive at South Ayrshire Council later this month.