Vision Techniques wins fourth innovation award

Blackburn-based Vision Techniques has won another award recognising its innovation in the waste management sector.

The vehicle safety specialist earned Best Innovation Award at the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management's Sustainability and Resorce Awards.

It's the fourth time overall the company has won the award, and becomes the first to win it three years in a row.

This year's winning innovation was the VT IDent, a system which remotely controls electrical and hydraulic elements of a vehicle, including ignition, brakes and on-board machinery, which reduces the chance of injury or theft.

The award-winning system ‘VT Ident’ adds security to a vehicle using programmable ‘identification’ tags. Ident will inhibit access for anyone without a tag; essentially preventing anyone from jumping in the cab and driving away.

Vision Techniques was up against great competition with refuse vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle and international road sweeping manufacturer Aebi Schmidt among the list of nominees

James Newhill, sales manager at Vision Techniques, said: "To win this award for the third year in a row is astonishing, and we are the first company to do it in the history of the CIWM awards.

"The companies and councils that have used the IDent system have given us fantastic feedback about its benefits and highlighted that it is a unique safety system in the market."

The system is being used by high profile companies such as Kier Environmental and Biffa Waste, with the system installed on council waste vehicles across the UK.

Kier Environmental head of fleet and plant Darren Judd, who is responsible for their fleet of 750 heavy use vehicles across the UK and joined the VT team at the event said: “There are so many instances where a vehicle could be out of our control. If someone jumps in with the engine running and tries to steal it - that’s a 26 tonne truck, it could cause a lot of damage in the wrong hands.”