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Sharp images even under backlight: new camera system KMS7000 replaces front mirror

Since early 2008, Motec offers the new camera/monitor solution KMS7000 which meets the EC Guideline 2003/97/EG for front and rear area monitoring of utility and discharge vehicles. The system has been certified and can replace the front mir-rors of refuse collection vehicles. 

It is inconspicuous at first glance, the small aluminium housing of the new Motec camera next to the driver cabin of the front loader. On the other hand, the MC7115-3 fully and in all details detects whatever moves In front or next to the cabin. The compact colour camera is the core of the cam-era/monitor system KMS7000. It has been certified according to the EC Guideline 2003/97/EG and can either replace the front mirror of refuse col-lection vehicles or it can be used as a complement for existing mirror com-binations.

Enhanced safety for pedestrians and cyclists
According to the EC guideline, drivers of utility and discharge vehicles must be able to see the complete area in front of and behind their vehicle. The aim of this guideline is to reduce the danger of accidents and to cut in half the number of fatalities incurred in road traffic until 2010. Supporting techni-cal tools such as camera systems are allowed as a complement to conven-tional combinations of front and lateral mirrors provided that they meet EC criteria in terms of image quality, image angle, contrast ratio of the monitor, assembly and ergonomics.

Dynamic brightness adjustment
Technologically seen, a CMOS chip is the core of the MC7115-3. The pow-erful image sensor ensures that pixels accurately processed and brightness differences are compensated instantly. For everyday use, this means that the camera cannot be blinded by glaring sunlight because it adapts to changing conditions intelligent technology in fractions of seconds. The benefit: this dynamic adjustment allows drivers to see constantly clear im-ages on their display even under backlight. The camera has been designed with a large image angle of 115 to make sure the critical area directly in front of the driver cabin and all objects in this area are displayed distortion-free thus meeting a major criterion of the EU guideline. Additional benefits include easy integration and assembly of all components. With its flexible hard rubber attachment and its three-axes alignment, the MC7115-3 can easily be adapted to any chassis design and fitted to any position of the vehicle. 

In addition to the colour camera, the KMS7000 system also includes a TFT display and a control box. With its flat design, the colour display MD3070A can be easily mounted in any driver cabin. It has a diagonal screen size of 7 and is equipped with powerful backlight. The control box MB1205 can be used to connect and operate up to two cameras. It can optionally be oper-ated with 12 or 24V DC and offers a mirror function for each camera. Con-trol wires are used to toggle between the cameras that can be separately mirrored. The camera/monitor system will be presented for the first time at the IFAT exhibition in Munich.

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