Posted: April 2018
Visitors to the Brigade stand at the CV show this year will be able to pre-book an appointment with a member of the engineering team to discuss technical or bespoke requirements, as well as previewing new innovation and take advantage of the large networking lounge area with a complimentary beverage.
Brigade will be launching its new Ultrasonic Detection on-Screen-Display (OSD) following customer demand for more integrated products to reduce driver information overload. Working in conjunction with a camera monitor system and up to two ultrasonic detection systems, the on-screen display module warns the driver of obstacles close to the vehicle by overlaying three stage audible and visual ultrasonic data onto the camera image on the vehicle’s monitor. This eliminates driver stress and distraction because all the information is in one view.
Brigade’s side-mounted ultrasonic systems all have the new ‘mute function’, where the audible warning is ‘muted’ after 4 seconds if the vehicle is stationary and no movement is detected from the system. This means that road furniture; other vehicles or even cyclists that are not moving will be ignored. When either the vehicle or deleted objects regains motion, the system will resume normal operation. This prevents driver annoyance and habituation.
Brigade’s latest generation of Backeye®360, the BN360-200 model provides users with even greater camera view options. Customers now have the choice of up to nineteen viewing options including cross traffic which extends the angle of view at the front of the vehicle which is often obscured by other traffic or the driver’s inability to position himself at an appropriate angle to see all directions at a junction.
Right/left lane assist effectively increases the viewing area on one side of the vehicle to provide the driver with a greater view of the area he needs to see. The on screen display of the vehicle would move to the right when indicating left allowing the driver to see more of the nearside on the monitor.
The layout on the monitor has also been improved to increase the image size by twenty-two per cent, regardless of monitor size, making blind spots even more visible to the driver.
Brigade’s new generation digital recording system, MDR-50X series has been completely re-designed with ease of use in mind. The new four and eight channel systems can now be programmed more smoothly using a plug in mouse rather than a remote and the display is visually impressive as well as much as easier to navigate than previous editions. MDR-50X has been designed by Brigade and that is reflected in the new look of the hardware with the Brigade branded tyre tread running across the robust aluminium housing. The MDR software (Dashboard 5.0 and MDR Player 5.0) and mobile app are also designed in house by Brigade engineers and are bespoke to the MDR-50X series.
New admin rights allow operators to provide restricted access to selected users so that they can only view footage and are unable to download or edit. This allows operators greater control over data and helps them to comply with new GDPR regulations coming into force in May. Geo-fencing is another new feature that can be set up on the 4G and Wi-fi versions to provide a driver alert if a vehicle goes out of or into a pre-defined area. For instance an operator may want an alert if a vehicle begins driving outside of the M25, this could indicate a theft or even terrorism.
Other features include; ten times faster download via USB, built in G-sensor, option to record mirror or flip view per channel, an audio buzzer built in to warn of video loss and ten diagnostic LEDs optimised to show at a glance the system status. MDR-50X Complies with the new radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) to prevent harmful interference from devices.
In addition Brigade will be displaying Backsense® the most affordable and yet robust radar on the market that emits a continuous wave radar which is faster than competitor 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 vehicle for the length of the detection area, to minimise false alerts on a busy site. The unit is fixed to an adjustable mounting bracket, meaning the radar can be directed at different angles to optimise detection performance and to help prevent ground detections when approaching ramps.
Finally Brigade will be demonstrating its white sound reversing alarms (bbs-tek®) which are the original and still the only locatable alarms on the market. Not only are they therefore the safest but they also create the least noise pollution and hold the Quiet Mark certification. White sound alarms are now specified in the HS2 specification as well as FORS and CLOCS. The same technology has been incorporated into the Quiet Vehicle Sounder (QVS) for electric vehicles which will be presented at the Innovation Hub in Hall 3 behind Brigade’s stand.