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Companies wanting to safeguard their staff, equipment and facilities in areas where forklift trucks are in use can now seamlessly integrate the latest ShockSwitch RFID from Lamerholm Electronics into their existing network.

ShockSwitch is a real-time link between a forklift truck in the plant and a PC in the office and collects data regarding use of the truck. ShockSwitch RFID is currently the only system on the market that conforms completely to the 802.11 standard, without the need for modification.

The ShockSwitch RFID is attached to the forklift truck and transmits event data via a wireless network to the accompanying software. Users can monitor an unlimited number of trucks and these can be programmed to send data straight away or to wait until a number of pre-defined events have occurred. However, with incidents that have important safety implications, such as impacts, then an alert is sent immediately.

A patented, fully adjustable, 360 impact sensor is an integral part of the ShockSwitch RFID. This is unique in the industry. Once a collision is detected, the time, date and driver ID are recorded and transmitted immediately for investigation and analysis.  In addition to monitoring and recording, the ShockSwitch RFID can be programmed to immobilise the truck once an impact has occurred.  Also on impact, there is an option for activating the ShockSwitch siren or truck horn either continuously or for a specified period of time. This is a particularly useful safety feature to alert other personnel to check for injury.

For managers, the ShockSwitch RFID provides a means to control access and identify specific users. This means that only trained operators will have access for use. By coding a simple to use iButton operators key, only authorised key holders will be able to activate the ignition system. The PC software will also log details including relevant certifications held and will notify the manager when these are due to expire. Maintenance can also be easily scheduled using the software, with alerts being issued when required.

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