The rear blind spot is a huge problem regardless of vehicle/machine with reversing vehicles now accounting for a quarter of all workplace deaths. With 90% of reversing accidents occurring off-road (loading bays, lorry parks, quarry sites, warehouses etc.) there has never been a greater necessity to carry out effective risk-assessments of reversing processes.
Back up alarms are devices to warn anyone in a vehicle’s path that it is moving backwards. Beeping alarms were introduced to Europe in the 1970s. They provided a vital step forward in safety, yet over time they have been shown to have a number of inherent issues; specifically concerning their environmental impact, but also in terms of safety – the exact reason they were introduced in the first place. There is now a much better alternative.
bbs-tek® multi-frequency back up alarms use a wide range of White Sound® frequencies. This enables the listener to instantly locate where and what direction the sound is coming from. The broadband sound also gives workers wearing hearing protection devices (HPDs) and people with hearing difficulties a better chance of hearing the alarm.
bbs-tek® White Sound® reverse alarms create a “ssh-ssh” sound which is gentle on the ear and dissipates quickly, meaning the alarm can only be heard in the danger zone.
Over the decades reversing beeper alarms became standard on almost every commercial vehicle. However, concerns began to be raised about their effectiveness in an urban environment or on a work site, where several alarms could sometimes sound at once, making it difficult to establish where the danger was coming from. Additionally, the piercing beeps caused by high-pitched tonal alarms generated countless complaints about noise pollution.
The answer has come in the form of Brigade’s bbs-tek® White Sound® Reversing and Warning Alarms – a revolutionary new generation of alarms that have rapidly superseded the ‘beep beep’ products of the past.
Our bbs alarms are covered by the following patents: AU2007200517, EP1289798B2, CN100488807C, JP4798474B2, NZ522190, GB2345392C, USRE44912
For plant, quarry and construction machines or environments with high ambient noise. Our heavy duty back up alarms operate in the harshest environments keeping ground workers safe. The multi frequency sounds can be heard through hearing protection, a huge advantage over tonal alarms where a single strident tone is blocked out.
Our patented white sound back up alarms are not only the safest alarms in the world due to their instant locatability and directional sound, but, with the inclusion of our self-adjusting models, they’re also the smartest. bbs-tek smart back up alarms continually adjust to 5-10 decibels above the background noise level, making them ideal for environments with varying levels of noise.
Mounted to the side of the vehicle, the bbs-tek® turn signal alarm synchronizes an audible warning with the vehicle signal lights when the nearside signal is activated, informing the cyclist or pedestrian of the vehicle’s intended turn and allowing them to take appropriate action.
Backchat Speaking Warning Alarms reproduce real speech with unrivaled quality and clarity. Backchat alarms include a standard message for reversing, handbrake warnings or can even be used as an attack alarm. Single or dual custom messages are available, as well as the option for built-in cut-out for night-time use with our Nightshift speaking alarms.
Known as an acoustic vehicle alerting system across the automotive market, the Quiet Vehicle Sounder warns vulnerable road users of an approaching electric/hybrid vehicle.
Brigade has developed a multi-frequency Quiet Vehicle Sounder, integrating the patented bbs-tek® technology. bbs-tek® uses a wide range of White Sound® frequencies. This enables anyone in the direct path of the vehicle to instantly locate where and what direction the sound is coming from and take evasive action if required.