National Sales Manager Steve Hurd and Business Development Manager James Newhill are joined by Kier Environmental Head of Fleet and Plant Darren Judd, Oxford City Council Fleet and Business Services Manager Ian Bourton

Vehicle safety company Vision Techniques has broken all records by being the first company to win the Best Innovation Award for three years in a row at the CIWM Awards in London.

Blackburn-based Vision Techniques won the Innovation award with their vehicle security system VT Ident. It is the first time in the history of the CIWM Awards that a company has won the same award three years in a row.

This is the fourth time that Vision Techniques, now aproaching their third decade of developing safety systems, has won the CIWM Innovation Award. The first win was with 360° camera system Overview in 2013. The company made a winning return with cyclist safety technology TurnAware in 2015, then rollaway prevention device BrakeSafe took the prize in 2016 and VT IDent has now won in 2017.

The succession of awards confirms the company’s focus on innovating lifesaving systems for vehicles, specifically this year preventing vehicle theft, especially after a year of devastating terrorist attacks involving stolen trucks and vans.

Vision Techniques was up against great competition with refuse vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle and international road sweeping manufacturer Aebi Schmidt being some of the other companies to be nominated for this award. The CIWM Awards took place on 2 November 2017 at the Grosvenor Square Marriott in London, and was attended by many of the major players in the industry.

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.

“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,” said James Newhill, Sales Manager, Vision Techniques.

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.

Darren Judd, Head of Fleet and Plant, Kier Environmental, is responsible for the Kier Group’s fleet of 750 heavy use vehicles across the UK. Joining the VT team at the event, he 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 is a 26 tonne truck, it could cause a lot of damage in the wrong hands.”

Michael Hanson, Founder of Vision Techniques, added: “Winning this award for the third time is a great achievement for Vision Techniques and its 65 employees. For 29 years, our focus has been to pioneer safety systems which reduce heavy vehicle accidents and ultimately save lives. We are the only company to win a prestigious CIWM Award both four times and three years in a row and it is something that every member of the Vision Techniques family has helped to achieve and should be very proud of.”

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