Retenua has developed a fully integrated advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) for detecting people in the vicinity of industrial vehicles and forklift trucks. The Swedish startup uses a Vision Components-embedded camera, which also detects reflective workwear with an NIR (near infrared) flash.
The compact and robust embedded system increases occupational safety, providing reliable detection in poor light conditions and also in bright sunlight. The development of the product, marketed as emitrace, was the result of a collaboration between the Retenua team and companies from the mining and logistics sectors. The new ADAS is also suitable for landfills and any other application where a driver’s viewing angle is limited and where people are equipped with reflective clothing.
An integrated VC Z stereo camera from Vision Components detects reflectors, calculates the 3D position and speed of people, and triggers an alarm, if an accident threatens. The board camera features two remote sensor boards, a flash trigger interface, a 1-Gbit Ethernet interface, and an onboard Xilinx Zynq SoC that handles the entire image processing routines. The Linux operating system and software libraries is provided by Vision Components.