Brigade to show range of vehicle safety devices including new Backsense Network-Radar
Brigade Electronics return to Hillhead with a range of robust vehicle safety devices including Backsense radar and the new Backsense Network-Radar designed for OEMs.
Brigade’s Backsense system emits continuous-wave radar that is faster than competitors’ pulsed-radar products. The sensor system (BS-8000) controls the radar beam pattern, so the spread of the beam can be restricted to the width of the plant for the length of the detection area, to minimize false alerts on a busy site.
The unit is fixed to an adjustable mounting bracket, which means the radar can be directed at different angles to optimize detection performance and help prevent ground detections when approaching ramps. Backsense is said to be ideal for machines such as mobile cranes, telehandlers and even concrete-pumping machines.
The in-cab display has a clear, easy-to-read visual warning with five LEDs corresponding to five distance zones from the vehicle. The audible warning buzzer, although adjustable, cannot be switched off, eliminating the possibility of driver interference and providing fleet operators with peace of mind.
Brigade offer a range of Backsense models with programmable and fixed detection zones of up to 30m, dependent on customer requirements – a considerably larger range than that offered by other products. The rugged design, in line with IP69K standards, allows the sensors to operate effectively in areas of harsh terrain, dust and in poor weather conditions.
Due to the number of complex blind spots on a vehicle, a single radar cannot always provide the detection needed, and numerous in-cab displays for multiple radars can be more of a distraction than a benefit.
Aimed at OEM and specialist application markets, Brigade’s Backsense Network-Radar allows operators to connect and link up to eight sensors to cover large, sometimes complex blind-spot zones around a vehicle or machine.
The system provides object detection in CAN (Controller Area Network) message format, which may be processed to display data on control panels/displays on the vehicle or used to control aspects of the machine.
Each connected radar sensor is allocated a unique ID and will transmit data for up to eight close objects. With a detection range up to 30m in length and 10m in width, it provides a flexible system to meet customer-specific requirements. This type of radar is said to be particularly well suited to larger items of plant equipment, such as wheel loaders, excavators and tippers.
Brigade’s new Backeye 360, which will also be on display on stand Q12, has been upgraded with greater flexibility, allowing configuration and views to be tailored to each application. The layout on the monitor has also been improved to increase the image size by 22%, regardless of monitor size, making blind spots even more visible to the driver.
Brigade’s white-sound reversing alarms (bbs-tek) remain the only directional alarms on the market. The broadband sound frequency is instantly locatable, which means that, unlike other alarms, a person knows which way he or she needs to move in order to be safe.
The unique alarm is approved by the Noise Abatement Society and has Quiet Mark accreditation. It can be used to reverse safely without causing a noise nuisance and can only be heard in the danger zone, unlike conventional alarms that can be heard at up to 30 times the distance required.
The alarm emits a ‘ssh-ssh’ sound that is less irritating than the shrill ‘beep-beep’ of other alarms. White sound alarms are specified in the HS2 specification and also required for FORS accreditation, to reduce noise levels and make sites near residential areas quieter.