Vehicle Detection

The ability to reliably detect vehicles offers significant advantages for asset management, resource allocation, site safety and traffic control. Application needs and deployment requirements can be diverse, ranging from indoor, outdoor and partially protected deployments to in-ground, above-ground, and on-the-vehicle installations. Vehicle detection solutions from Banner Engineering utilize a range of sensing technologies to overcome these challenges and can be used with our wireless products to simplify deployments in large areas or where wired infrastructure is not practical or cost-effective. 

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  1. Shopping Center Directs Vehicles to Available Parking

    During peak shopping times, demand for parking spaces at the center increases dramatically, as does vehicle congestion in the parking lots and around the shopping center. Prolonged searches and long waits for parking spaces has a negative correlation with time and money spent at the center, as well as on overall customer experience and the frequency or likelihood of return visits.

  2. Measuring Turnout Time During Emergencies

    A large metropolitan fire department wanted to integrate vehicle detection capabilities into their dispatch and reporting systems. This would enable the department to better document turnout times and improve asset management. Photo eyes were tested for this task, but their inability to differentiate between human and vehicle movement in the drive bays resulted in incorrect outputs.

  3. M-Gage Wireless Vehicle Detection

    Banner Engineering’s Wireless M-Gage node can easily be inserted into the core in the parking slot of a tractor trailer or dock area. The M-Gage is programmed to look for changes in magnetic state, for example in a trailer truck lane. The units are self-contained, meaning they are protected from environmental conditions. Many other solutions may not have the same protection from environmental factors.

  4. Vehicle Presence and Absence at Loading Docks

    Banner’s R-Gage QT50R senses vehicles as they approach a loading dock, sending a signal to workers inside the facility of a truck’s arrival/departure. Monitoring the arrival of trucks at loading docks is simple with the R-Gage radar sensor coupled with Banner’s quality lighting and indication solutions. The radar sensor reliably detects trucks pulling up to the loading/unloading dock from 15 meters away.

  5. Drive-Through Vehicle Detection and Business Indication

    Banner’s Adjustable Field R-Gage AFH (R-Gage AFH) is ideal for drive-through automation because it uses Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar to reliably detect moving or stationary vehicles regardless of environmental conditions. Unlike other sensing solutions, radar detection is immune to snow, fog, rain, and strong winds, ensuring outdoor sensing capabilities. The radar sensor can sense up to 3.5 meters and its rugged IP67 housing withstands harsh environments, protecting the sensor from extreme weather conditions.

  6. Electric Vehicle Detection

    Banner’s R-Gage radar sensor offers an ideal solution for the electric vehicle detection at recharge stations. When cars park at a charging station, Banner’s R-Gage radar sensor immediately detects the vehicle’s presence. If the car is not plugged into the charge station, a signal is sent to a central location, alerting authorities to remove the vehicle if necessary.

  7. Ship Detection at a Harbor

    A radar sensor used for ship detection in ports acts as a proximity alarm and aids collision avoidance in ranges that sound and visible light cannot reach. When a ship approaches the dock, Banner’s R-Gage QT50R Radar Sensor uses radio waves to determine the ship’s location and emits an output signal to an indicator light or wireless network. This immediately notifies workers so they can load or unload the vessel as needed.

  8. Automated Car Wash Detection

    Previous technology required the use of an inductive loop system embedded into the ground. Installing an inductive loop system requires cutting into a large portion of asphalt or concrete. Over time these inductive loops break and must be replaced. Using a SureCross M-GAGE wireless sensor node eliminates the need for a large inductive loop. The device may be mounted above ground or below ground, requiring only a six to eight inch diameter hole. Vehicle presence is detected by an M-GAGE Node that activates the automated car wash system to power up and trigger the entry door.

  9. Loading Dock Occupancy Monitoring

    M-GAGE Wireless Sensor Nodes mounted on each loading bay signal the arrival of vehicles by illuminating Banner EZ-LIGHT indicators remotely mounted throughout the facility. Supervisors can also be alerted to arrivals using their PC or PDA. Workers assemble quicker at the appropriate dock, cargo security and facility access are greatly enhanced, and docks are freed up faster. Best of all, no through-wall wiring mechanism is required to implement the system.

  10. Bank Drive-through Automobile Detection

    There are several possible approaches to solving this application. Photoelectric or ultrasonic sensors may have been used in the past, but both options have drawbacks. Traditional photoelectric sensors would accumulate dirt and dust in the outdoor environment, diminishing reliability, and the sensing ability may be affected by uncontrollable factors such as sunlight, vehicle color and vehicle reflectivity. Ultrasonic sensors would fall victim to wind interference in the outdoor environment.

  11. Vehicle Detection, Gated Community Exit

    Traditional wired inductive loop vehicle detection systems require large sections of pavement or brickwork to be damaged and removed for installation and repairs. To avoid damaging pavement, use Banner’s wireless M-GAGE sensor Node, which requires only a 2.5 inch diameter hole for burial installations. The sensitivity of the M-GAGE vehicle sensor can be configured to detect most passenger vehicles within range of the embedded sensor.

  12. Vehicle at Loading Dock

    When a vehicle moves into position at a loading dock, the R-GAGE QT50R Radar Sensor senses the vehicle and sends a signal to workers inside the warehouse for loading and unloading. The radar sensor can sense trucks up to 15 meters away, for quick and easy detection to alert operators. Status monitoring with the R-Gage sensor is simple with highly bright, visible LED indicators.

  13. Monitoring Railcars Wirelessly

    Because train car distribution centers are harsh, subject to high traffic volumes, extreme temperatures, dirty environments, and high vibration, running cables is not possible. Previous solutions involved long-range photoelectric sensors installed in locations where power was available. Because this was often a long distance from the rail car, sensor accuracy was affected by weather and other environmental conditions.

  14. Vehicle Position in Automatic Car Wash

    WORLD-BEAM QS30EX and QS30RRX sensors are designed specifically for reliable, long-lasting performance in the extreme environments of car washes. In this application, a WORLD-BEAM QS30EXQ emitter and QS30RRXQ receiver are configured in opposed mode to verify that the vehicle has passed completely through the drying stage of wash.

  15. Train Detection in Tunnels

    The QT50R R-GAGE is an effective alternative to ultrasonic or photoelectric sensors; the QT50R's radar technology is unaffected by wind created by trains moving through the tunnel or by dust and dirt build-up on the sensor.

  16. STS Collision Avoidance

    Narrow beam, long-nosed radar sensors are ideal in an environment where large cranes operate with dual detection zones to activate stop or warning signals. With an adjustable sensing range up to 24 m and two independent adjustable sensing zones, the sensor is easily configured for many applications. Not only is radar technology a cost-effective way to protect expensive equipment and cargo, it is also immune to wind, rain, fog, light, humidity or air temperatures.

  17. Vehicle Detection at a Loading Dock

    The M-GAGE S18M is a magnetoresistive sensor that responds to the shift in the surrounding magnetic field when a truck approaches. The M-GAGE is set up to trigger a signal that activates a light inside the warehouse, indicating the truck's presence. This sensors is encapsulated with rugged epoxy to resist moisture damage and was designed to be installed both above ground or directly into concrete and asphalt pavements.

  18. Car Wash Status

    There are a wide variety of EZ-LIGHT K50L indicator lights to suit the needs of a car wash application. The lights are rugged and can display up to three colors. The K50Ls can be set up to glow yellow to indicate a finished phase and green to indicate the current phase. For upcoming phases, the indicator lights do not illuminate.

  19. Loading Dock Sensor Monitoring

    The VTB Verification Touch Button has two functions. First, its LED base works as a remote indicator light, signaling inside the warehouse that the outside sensor has detected the presence of a truck. Second, the sensing portion of the LED provides a means for triggering the door opener; the operator places a finger in the sensing region, without having to apply any pressure.

  20. Vehicle Detection in a Self-Serve Car Wash

    The M-GAGE was created to detect the presence of a large metal object, like a car or a truck, and to be installed into concrete and asphalt pavements. This sensor is activated when the customer deposits payment in the pay box. The M-GAGE sensor detects the presence of the stopped vehicle as the patron washes it. When the vehicle beings to leave, it detects the shift in the wash bay's magnetic field and signals the timer to reset. It is also encapsulated in rugged epoxy in order to prevent moisture damage and built to withstand rapid temperature swings, both of which are essential in car wash applications.

  21. Train Yard Marshalling

    Rugged IP67 M-GAGE Wireless Sensor Nodes embedded at various points in tracks can detect the presence of train cars and transmit this data back to the Gateway device and a control system for accurate remote monitoring of train car location and marshalling.

  22. Object Detection on a Trailer

    The R-GAGE QT50R Radar Sensor senses large objects on the trailer and sends a payload status output to the cab.

  23. Radar Based Collision Avoidance

    Diminished visibility plays a significant role in many mining accidents. The size and power of excavating equipment leaves little room for error. Blind spots can be quite large and located on all sides of a vehicle. Dust, dirt and debris raised during excavation can have a detrimental effect on visibility and equipment performance. Weather conditions, such as wind, rain and snow are additional complications.

  24. Parking Kiosk Access and Control

    An embedded M-GAGE Wireless Sensor Node detects approaching vehicles and sends a signal to the Gateway to activate automated parking control systems, payment kiosks, and automated access control barriers.