Object Detection with Senix Wide Beam Sensors for Mobility Transportation

BraunAbility has developed from a modest small-town entrepreneurial venture with only a few employees to a large global company with over 1200 employees working across more than 70 countries.

Object Detection with Senix Wide Beam Sensors for Mobility Transportation

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For over 45 years, BraunAbility has been devoted to improving the lives of those with physical disabilities by pioneering mobility solutions that provide ease of use and independence.

As the industry leader and the brand most highly commended by mobility dealers, BraunAbility offers quality products for your needs with financing and servicing expertise you can trust.

With the largest variety of products than any other mobility vehicle company, BraunAbility can deliver the perfect solution to more people than ever before.

BraunAbility is the world's leading manufacturer of mobility transportation solutions, including wheelchair seating and lifts, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, securement and storage products.

BraunAbility has chosen Senix sensors for use on their wheelchair-accessible vans. Such vans need to detect the presence of an object within the area a wheelchair is used. Alternatives such as pressure-sensitive mats, pressure sensors and infrared beams would have been obstructive to the users of the wheelchair lift.

Additionally, pressure-sensitive floor mats and pressure sensors are sub-optimal because they prevent seating reconfiguring, are susceptible to misuse by passengers in the commercial vehicle and becomes a wearable item.

However, by using an ultrasonic detection device in the ceiling area, the floor space of the vehicle could be still be used as a regular space.

As an example, coach buses use movable seating. If a detection device were near or on the floor area, it would likely interfere with the movable seating.

By installing a Senix ultrasonic sensor, an audible & visual warning is triggered if an object is detected, thus alerting people - likely in a wheelchair - who may be unaware that the vehicle door was open or the wheelchair lift was not at the vehicle level. 

By installing these sensors, unintended vehicle exits can be prevented and serious injury can be avoided. Mounting the Senix sensor in the ceiling area leaves the vehicle entryway clear for passengers and allows for variable seating configuration.

Object Detection with Senix Wide Beam Sensors for Mobility Transportation

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Senix was able to offer a specialized sensor, fit with a wider beam profile and angle to cover the area inside the vehicle.

The wide beam sensors, just like the high-performance ToughSonic ultrasonic level and distance sensors from Senix, can be custom configured using SenixVIEW software. This allows the user to configure parameters to their choosing.

The SenixVIEW software also enables easy calibration of the sensor, allowing BraunAbility to work across a variety of in-vehicle applications.

The vehicles in which BraunAbility install wheelchair lifts vary in size, from large coach buses to small autonomous shuttles.

Senix ultrasonic technology is incredibly well suited for object detection or as a proximity sensor. This technology offers greater design flexibility for BraunAbility.

The SenixVIEW software enables easy calibration of the sensor, allowing this technology to be implemented across a variety of in-vehicle applications. Senix’s long-lasting, rugged and high-quality sensors marry well with BraunAbility’s reputation for high quality and customer satisfaction.

Senix’s wider beam ultrasonic sensors combined with the many user-configurable sensor parameters makes a perfect solution for BraunAbility’s object detection application.

Senix’s wider beam ultrasonic sensors combined with the many user-configurable sensor parameters makes a perfect solution for BraunAbility’s object detection application. Image Credit: Senix Corporation

When asked how the experience has been working with Senix, Michael Alexander, Senior Product Manager at BraunAbility, answered, “Great! Anytime we’ve asked for assistance the Senix team is quick to help.”

Michael continued, saying, “The SenixVIEW software appears to have MANY adjustable variables and the Senix team is there to help, so having that flexibility is great”.

The Senix sensors with SenixVIEW can be calibrated as required for a variety of vehicle applications.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Senix Corporation.

For more information on this source, please visit Senix Corporation.

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