Thermal Brake Inspection System

The Australian Government lists the annual costs of all road accidents as $27 Billion per annum¹ and the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 lists Heavy vehicles as responsible for 18% off vehicle related casualties². Both of these figures are too high and will continue to be high unless something is done to combat it.

Strategic Innovations was approached to develop a system to detect heavy vehicle brake faults following a major incident where brake failure was to blame. Working with Heavy Vehicle Inspection Agencies, we have developed a readily deployable system the STHVP4.

Key Features

  • Increase road safety.
  • Easily spot defective, inactive or imbalanced brakes.
  • View both sides of the vehicle at multiple lane locations.
  • Time and date stamped recording to review previous vehicles.
  • Portable or fixed installations available
  • Very high strike rate with experienced operator.
  • Readily change camera location with ranges up to 500m away from control room equipment.
  • Weather resistant and can be operated day or night.
  • Battery run time of 12 hours with charge time of 5 hours from fully flat.

The system uses 4 x Thermal imaging cameras mounted on tripods to scan both sides of the vehicle at 2 locations up to 500m away, with footage streamed to a control room or similar.
The footage is fed into a Network Video Recorder (NVR) and displayed on either a monitor or computer. As all footage is displayed on a quad split screen, all cameras can be viewed simultaneously.
The NVR records live footage with 1TB storage space to allow post analysis of several days of recorded footage.
Each camera is stored in a Pelican iM2450 Storm case with wireless networking equipment, a rechargeable battery and a tripod.
The control room equipment includes a wireless antennae, wireless access point, Network Video Recorder, display monitor and mouse.

Example image of STH1000 in use
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