Going forward, Amazon will be relying on ELOKON’s pedestrian alert safety technology at their Logistics Centre in Graben. Comprising 6 warehouses and with a total area equivalent to 17 football pitches, the distribution centre is one of the largest in Germany and by the end of 2016, 53 new Crown SP 3521 High-Level Order Pickers have been equipped with ELOKON’s mobile pedestrian alert system ELOprotect which was specially developed for very narrow aisles and incorporates an anti-collision functionality to prevent all types of accidents, including trucks colliding with one another.

Two secrets of Amazon’s phenomenal success are the speed with which they fulfil their orders and their enormous product range. In the newly designed warehouse, forklifts produced by the U.S. company Crown will be transporting an almost bewildering assortment of shoes through the very narrow aisles and onto the high shelves. In this busy environment, accident and collision prevention is essential and that is where ELOprotect and the new anti-collision module come in.

The innovative ELOKON pedestrian alert system ELOprotect uses intelligent laser technology to prevent warehouse accidents by automatically engaging the forklift brakes when it detects people or obstructions in forward and backward driving direction. The optional anti-collision functionality is designed specifically to avoid accidents between vehicles, equipping the forklifts with laser scanners which continuously scan the front and rear of a moving truck.

As soon as a truck drives into one of the very narrow aisles, the ELOprotect solution is activated. When a vehicle has come to a stop in a very narrow aisle for order-picking, other trucks which approach within a distance of up to 15m of the first truck, will have their speed automatically reduced. In addition, a visible and audible signal emitted by the display and operation module alerts the driver of the truck to the potential hazard. If the vehicle continues to move despite these safeguards, an alarm is sounded and the vehicle is forced to a complete halt.