In 2013, two siblings crossing a road junction while cycling in Singapore were killed by a mixer truck in a fatal crash that shone a light on road safety in the city-state. This incident had a profound impact on Joshua Tan, the founder of Singaporean technology company TNT Surveillance (TNTS).
At the time, TNTS provided CCTV (closed circuit TV) surveillance systems, but Tan, a father of two boys, decided to steer the company’s offerings towards technology that improves road safety.
The technology would tackle one of the most common causes of road accidents in Singapore: distracted driving, whether caused by fatigue or using a mobile phone while on the move. Singapore police estimate that nearly 4,000 injuries and deaths occurred due to lack of oversight and proper control in 2018.
Today, TNTS key solutions cover anti-distraction and fatigue, blind spot detection and a 360-degree surround view system. Using a combination of cameras and radar sensors, they can warn drivers of people or vehicles in their vehicle’s blind spots or if they are showing signs of fatigue.
Additionally, a driver can be warned of an impending front collision up to 2.7 seconds before a possible crash with a stationary vehicle, giving them more time to react to hazards ahead.
But TNTS doesn’t just provide its technology to fleet operators; it also offers a 24-hour command center service for those without fleet management capabilities.
Through this service, TNTS will help fleet operators track their vehicles in real time and allow them to stay in touch with their vehicles and drivers at all times. Using telemetry data, they will also be able to track the performance of their fleets.
Port operator PSA Singapore is currently using TNTS technology to detect signs of fatigue in lead drivers.
“If a driver closes their eyes for 1.2 seconds, an event trigger will be activated,” said Casey Liu, CEO of TNTS, adding that this time frame was derived after a testing phase to reduce false positives. and improving the accuracy of the technology through machine learning. .
Besides PSA Singapore, it also has customers such as the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, which has deployed its systems on approximately 10,000 buses operated by SBS Transit, SMRT, Tower Transit and Go-Ahead Singapore. The company aims to have 100,000 vehicles with its solutions on the roads by 2022.
Liu, a former General Electric executive who joined TNTS three years ago, pointed out that to get drivers on board, the company’s technology was designed to help drivers stay safe rather than detect errant behavior. “We are here to improve their safety system so bus captains know the system is there to prevent unnecessary accidents,” he said.
The company also received a grant from Enterprise Singapore, a government agency that champions business development, to expand its reach into other sectors, such as building and construction, where companies operate large fleets of heavy vehicles. and passenger trucks.
“A small truck typically carries five to 10 workers who don’t have seat belts on, so imagine what would happen if there was hard braking – that’s an area we’re getting into,” Liu said.
After finding success at home, TNTS, which had a turnover of around S$15 million last year, is now targeting markets such as China, the UK, Australia and the Middle East while adapting its solutions to electric vehicles which are increasingly deployed in Singapore and elsewhere. Liu said the company was looking to grow its revenue from S$30 million to S$40 million over the next three years.