Airside Vehicle Safety in Airports

Airports are extremely busy places with a wide range of operating airside vehicles that are constantly on the move which require best safety practices. Multiple companies within an airport employ thousands of people and thousands more people travel through each day. Keeping everyone safe whilst working to a tight schedule is a complex task yet is of paramount importance.

Brigade’s range of safety systems meet a host of Health and Safety and legislative requirements. Designed to assist the airside driver, workers, and vulnerable road users, they can eliminate blind spots, prevent costly vehicle damage and, more importantly, save lives.


Servicing, maintaining, and supporting aircraft operations requires working efficiently in all weathers to ensure a fast aircraft turnround and meet tight airline schedules. The possibility of being struck by airside vehicles on the airport apron is one of the occupational hazards that face apron workers. Many airside vehicle safety incidents occur during aircraft turnround when a vehicle is reversing or during aircraft pushback, during which an operator’s field of vision is limited. Many airside workers wear ear-defenders meaning that approaching vehicles may not be heard whilst darkness or low-light conditions and poor weather also contribute to airside vehicle-related incidents at airports.

Which Products Do I Need for Airside Vehicle Safety?

Brigade’s safety solutions are suitable for most commercial vehicles and machines.
To help you select, we have created a series of guides featuring the safety products we recommend for the most common applications.

Select below to view the recommended Brigade products for each vehicle.

Problems with Airside Driving Safety at Airports

Airside driving incidents and problems can include:

  • Collisions due to poor visibility during aircraft turnround or pushback.
  • Collisions with mobile steps or other ground support equipment due to operator blind spots.
  • Accidents involving service, maintenance, and support vehicles.
  • Collisions due to poor visibility (darkness, rain, etc.).
  • Workers and the public are being struck by terminal vehicles.
  • Hearing protection reduces workers’ ability to clearly hear approaching vehicles.

How Brigade Can Help with Airside Vehicle Safety

Benefits include: 

  • All-round visibility for safer, faster operation
  • Fewer noise complaints
  • Reduced accidents and fatalities
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • False claim prevention
  • Reduced vehicle downtime
  • Peace of mind for management and workers
  • Strengthened reputation in the community

Airside Vehicle Safety Solutions for Airports

  • Backeye®360 is an intelligent four-camera system designed to eliminate vehicle blind spots and assist low-speed maneuverability by providing the driver with a complete 360° view of their machine in a single image.
  • Camera Monitor Systems can help eliminate vehicle blind spots to prevent collisions. Cameras are available to cover the rear, side, and front blind spots as well as internal views and to monitor vehicle-specific functions. Multiple camera images can be viewed on a single in-cab monitor.
  • Radar Obstacle Detection informs the driver of the distance between the vehicle and obstacles, whether moving or stationary, by providing a graduated in-cab audible and visual warning. Backsense® radar works effectively in harsh conditions and poor visibility. Programmable system with custom detection range up to 30m/99ft in length and 10m/33ft in width.
  • Warning Alarms are vital audible devices to warn pedestrians and workers that a vehicle is maneuvering. bbs-tek® alarms are the safest and yet quietest on the market due to their instantly locatable and directional sound. Options include smart alarms, which adjust to the ambient noise level and speaking alarms. bbs-tek® warning alarms are patented to Brigade.
  • Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection 2, 3, or 4 sensor systems that inform the driver of the distance between the vehicle and any obstacles, whether moving or stationary. Increases safety when low-speed maneuvering, reversing or in the near-side and front blind spots where pedestrians and cyclists can otherwise go undetected.
  • Mobile Digital Recording By simultaneously recording footage from up to eight vehicle-mounted cameras, a digital recorder can provide irrefutable evidence in the case of an incident. The lockable hard drive can store up to 1862 hours of data which can be easily accessed via a PC or uploaded via the 4G network or dedicated WiFi.

Featured Product

bbs-tek® Reversing Alarms

Brigade’s patented bbs-tek® white sound® alarms are the safest reversing alarms in the world due to their instant locatability, directional sound, and their environmental impact – bbs-tek® warning alarms do not cause a noise nuisance. Already fitted to a wide range of vehicles and industries worldwide, bbs-tek® has become the reversing alarm of choice. In fact, white sound alarms are now obligatory for suppliers of many large construction projects.