Global Sensor Systems Goes Digital
Global Sensor Systems is a company that paved the way for fleet safety by manufacturing one of the first automatic reverse braking systems for commercial vehicles and is now used by major cities and haulers across North America. The company’s journey began fourty-five years ago when an 18-year-old Gordon Cooper had a vision. He was working at a warehouse and during an early morning, he noticed a truck backing up to a loading dock and beeping while doing so. Gordon told his brother about what he saw and wanted to build something similar.
Later that night, Gordon watched a show called “Longstreet”. The show was about a blind private investigator who used a cane to help understand his surroundings. In the episode, someone gave him a cane that vibrated based on close proximity to objects. This gave Gordon the inspiration that later helped the creation of Global Sensor Systems’ Search Eye Sensor System. Gordon, with the help of his brother and father, built Global’s first prototype 45 years ago in their garage.
The Search Eye Sensor System is an automated, reverse braking system for airbrake trucks. When a driver is in reverse, the system activates infrared sensors that are mounted to the rear of the vehicle. The Search Eye Sensor helps drivers navigate as it will notify the driver of any objects behind the truck. This tool can help give drivers some peace of mind, limit company liabilities, and ultimately save lives.
Global Sensor Systems is owned and operated by Gordon, Richard, and Caroline Cooper. The Coopers have worked hard to bring greater awareness among drivers and fleet owners regarding solutions that prevent backing accidents. While accessories such as cameras may help reduce blind spots, they cannot counteract driver distraction and reaction time. Global Sensor Systems is located at 6600 Goreway Drive in Mississauga, Ontario.
When Caroline Cooper signed up for the ShopHERE powered by Google program, she felt overwhelmed with the task ahead for their startup but was quickly met with relief and confidence.
“ShopHERE took our website from zero to hero! Having access to this program as a small startup gave us the means to match the quality of website our competitors have.”
While participating in the ShopHERE program, Caroline worked alongside an eCommerce Coordinator, Mariam.
“Mariam understood our company’s core values, our mission and our goals – and she brought them to life in an accessible way that we can now share with our clients and future customers.”
When asked about her overall experience in the ShopHERE program, Caroline said,
“The work Mariam did with us was professional and enjoyable. I learned so much through the process and the experience allowed our whole team to collaborate and build something meaningful together.”
If you are interested in learning more Global Sensor Systems and their Search Eye Sensor System, click here. If you enjoyed reading about Caroline’s experience with the ShopHERE powered by Google program, you can learn more about the program and sign up here.
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