3D collision safety solution set for Plantworx showcase

A ‘game-changing’ 3D collision safety solution integration is set to make its UK debut at this year’s Plantworx exhibition.

Leica Geosystems and Xwatch Safety Solutions have jointly developed the solution to safeguard construction assets and infrastructure on site.

The innovation has been made possible by combining the Leica MC1 machine control software and the XW5 Series from Xwatch. The two systems are connected by a Can bus communication channel.

Users will be able to create or import 3D avoidance zones above and below the surface area, directly within the Leica MC1 machine control software. Operators can create or import avoidance zones in the in-cabin Leica MCP80 panel, which will then trigger the hydraulic functions of the excavator to slow down or even stop entirely once approaching these danger zones.

There is also the ability to ‘kill’ the motion of the machine’s tracks so it cannot breach environmental sites, power cables or drainage.

Other critical avoidance areas include overhead obstructions such as powerlines, underground services, and operations in close proximity to pedestrian walkways, live carriageways and public roads.