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Driving Global Safety

Chris Hanson-Abbott formed Brigade Electronics in 1976, inspired by the strange beeping sound he heard emanating from the rear of a small truck on a street in Tokyo.

At the time reversing safety had not been addressed outside of Japan, but with the Health & Safety at Work Act recently passed into UK law and vehicles already accounting for a vast number of fatalities, Chris felt it time for change.

With support from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Brigade launched its first reversing alarm at the 1976 Commercial Vehicle show in London. The reaction was mixed. The press was curious, but the vehicle manufacturers and fleet owners were less enamoured, and the show ended without a single sale. To add insult to injury the publicity culminated in the Department for Transport announcing that reversing alarms contravened the Construction & Use Regulations – and were thus illegal.

Undeterred, Chris continued his quest for safer roads and worksites. He challenged the mind set of potential customers and lobbied the Government tirelessly to change regulations until eventually his drive and belief saw his vision start to be taken seriously. It took a further two years before Brigade’s first alarm sale, to a prestigious UK bus company, and many more years for health and safety culture to be fully addressed. Nowadays, vehicle safety systems are universally accepted as a necessity for plant and commercial vehicles and this progress has undoubtedly played an important part in saving many lives.

The experience and knowledge gained since those early days has enabled Brigade to fully understand the industry and the problems customers face. Brigade was, and still is, at the forefront of the industry, whether this be pioneering new products or opening and educating new markets around the world.

The initial vision remains; to make roads and worksites safer for all.

Our Mission Statement

“To prevent collisions and save lives by developing and marketing vehicle and mobile machinery safety solutions.”

our quality

Brigade understands that without quality, reliable products we would not be the company we are today, which is why we go the extra mile to make sure safety is not compromised.
Products are only released once we are confident they are fit for purpose. It would be easy to forget this with the lure of new technologies, but this is not the Brigade way. Whatever the product or technology, it has to pass rigorous and comprehensive testing before we consider it suitable to be included in our portfolio.
A closely controlled design and manufacturing process plus in-house Research and Development is all managed by a proficient engineering team that sets us apart from the competition. They ensure our products are, and remain, at a consistently high standard.

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Protecting your driver. Providing your witness

Incidents involving vehicles are time-consuming issues to resolve. A lack of solid evidence can often mean companies automatically accept liability, but easy settlements have led to an increase in cases against those operators – who quickly get known as a soft-target for further similar claims. False claims, crash-for-cash and shrinkage are now costing businesses millions each year. Add to this the issues of vandalism and attacks on drivers and the job of a transport manager becomes evermore difficult.

By capturing footage from vehicle-mounted cameras, Brigade’s Mobile Digital Recorder (MDR) offers the solution. It provides an accurate witness and gives irrefutable evidence in the case of an incident. Having recorded footage where there are conflicting reports of actual events or by being able to prove a staged accident, companies can make major cost savings whilst importantly support their drivers, who are often the subject of increased scrutiny after an incident.

Brigade’s MDR range includes four-channel mobile DVR with a 500Gb hard drive and eight-channel, 1TB models. Both four and eight-channel vehicle recorders include models with WiFi and/or 4G connectivity capabilities, allowing data to be accessed from the recorder without physically having to go to the vehicle.

Proof against insurance claims such as ‘crash-for-cash’ scams
Recording provides protection for drivers who may be wrongly accused
Provides irrefutable evidence in the case of accidents and legal proceedings
Encourages driver best practice, so less vehicle damage and accidents
Vandalism deterrent
Peace of mind for passengers and drivers

Quality results with us

Remote-access Vehicle Recorder
Brigade’s range of 4 and 8 channel DVR recorders now include models with WiFi and/or 4G connectivity capabilities.
Wirelessly connecting a Mobile Digital Recorder (MDR) to a secure server can save many man-hours, as data can be obtained from the DVR without needing to access the vehicle.

WiFi and/or 4G models have the same features as the standard MDR.

WiFi recorder and/or 4G recorder connectivity features:

Download data without physically going to the vehicle(s).
Set-up automatic download of data (triggered events) to a secure MDR server when in range of MDR Wi-Fi.
Stream data remotely via 4G network.
Real-time GPS tracking via 4G network (providing vehicle has 4G signal).
Immediate notification of triggered events via 4G network or scheduled summary of events on WiFi.
User-defined evidence packages to only receive the data required.
Live View up to 36 cameras from multiple MDRs.
Mobile App to access live views, vehicle locations, create snapshots and receive alerts.


A facility allowing devices to communicate wirelessly. A dedicated MDR Wireless network creates a small, localised area within which your devices can receive signal.
WiFi is location based e.g. fleet yard, depot or quarry. 


A cellular data service available from mobile network providers. (o2, EE, Three Mobile, Vodafone etc)
Coverage is anywhere with 4G signal- Nationally and Internationally.
Data charges will apply.

Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection

Reducing blind spots and improving driver visibility are important issues for operators of road-going vehicles. Over the past few years, safety devices such as additional mirrors or camera systems that give wider viewing angles have become commonplace and even mandatory under blind spot legislation. However, despite an increase in visibility, collisions with other vehicles, fixed objects, cyclists, workers and even pedestrians, remain high.

Brigade’s ultrasonic proximity sensors minimise both vehicle damage and collisions with pedestrians, cyclists or objects. Perfect for road-going commercial vehicles operating in confined spaces or manoeuvring at low speed. The detection system alerts the driver of obstacles close to the vehicle, whether moving or stationary. An audible and/or visual in-cab warning informs of distance whilst an optional external speaking alarm can be added to alert cyclists and pedestrians that the vehicle is turning.


Compliant with CLOCS, FORS and construction companies who require commercial vehicles to meet specific safety specifications.

Brigade’s range of ultrasonic sensor systems include; Backscan®, Frontscan®, Sidescan®, Cornerscan™ and Stepscan™.

Gives peace of mind to the driver
Greater protection to pedestrians, cyclists and workers
Minimises damage to vehicle, property and other objects 

Sensor Display & Buzzer

Ultrasonic Sensor Display
Alerts the driver to an object within the detection area using an audible warning and distance display.

Included with every Backscan® sensor kit.

Ultrasonic Sensor Buzzer
Alerts the driver using an audible warning to an object with the detection area.

Included with every Sidescan®, Stepscan™, Cornerscan™ and Frontscan® ultrasonic sensor kit.

UDS Buzzer and Display

Backchat® Warning Alarms
External real-speech speaking alarm with side turn warning for cyclists and pedestrians. Activates when indicator is in use. Use in conjunction with Sidescan® detection system.

Clear spoken messages
Warnings for reversing, handbrake alarms
Bespoke messages
Night-time cut-out

Ultrasonic Detection On-Screen Display
Sensor data and camera image combined. 

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 3-stage audible and visual ultrasonic data onto the camera image on the vehicle’s monitor.

Integration of Brigade’s ultrasonic obstacle detection systems and camera monitor systems to improve safety
Ultrasonic detection warnings overlaid onto camera image on in-cab monitor
Reduced driver stress and distractions as all information is in one view

Compatible Ultrasonic Systems

Vehicle icon and detection data from up to two ultrasonic obstacle detection systems are overlaid onto the driver’s monitor.

Compatible with Sidescan® Frontscan® and Backscan® and Brigade camera monitor systems.


4 sensor system fitted to rear of vehicle as an invaluable aid to safe reversing.

Underslung or flush mount installation
System activated by reverse gear
50cm compensation range for sensors fitted inboard of vehicle rear
Can be fitted to articulated vehicles with additional coiled cables


4 sensor system fitted to side of vehicle. Particularly relevant for near side blind spot where cyclists or pedestrians can otherwise go undetected.

Underslung or flush mount sensors
System can be activated below designated speed and/or turn indicator
External speaking alarm with side turn warning for cyclists/pedestrians
Can be fitted to articulated vehicles with additional coiled cables


4 sensor system fitted to front of vehicle. Particularly relevant for front blind spot on high cabs where low objects or pedestrians can be hidden.

System can be activated below designated speed


3 sensor system fitted to near side corner of vehicle cab to detect objects in front near side blind spot. Minimises the risk of damage to the vehicle whilst manoeuvring and turning whilst reversing.

System can be activated below designated speed


2 sensor system fitted to nearside cab step. Minimises the risk of damage to the vehicle when turning whilst reversing.

System can be activated by reverse gear


Industries such as mining, quarrying, agriculture and construction use machines and plant equipment, which by their very nature pose a danger if they are not managed safely. Blind spots tend to be much larger on these vehicles and include not only the rear and nearside but also the front, especially with elevated driver positions. Terrains are harsh, vehicles are exposed to the elements more aggressively whilst thick dust and darkness decrease visibility further.

The ISO 5006 standard for earthmoving equipment addresses the problem of blind spots around a vehicle. It states that in order to enable proper, effective and safe operation the operator must be able to ‘detect the presence of a standing person (of approximately. 1.5m tall), 1m out from the perimeter of the machine.’ Camera monitor systems provide this to some extent, but in difficult conditions a range of complementary devices are vital to give visual and audible operator warnings.

Radar Backsense Display

Backsense® Radar

Backsense® Radar Backsense® heavy-duty radar sensor systems are designed to detect people and objects in blind spots, significantly reducing accidents. They detect stationary and moving objects, providing the driver with in-cab visual and audible warnings – alerting the operator whose attention cannot be focused on all danger areas. Backsense® obstacle detection sensors work effectively in harsh environments and in poor visibility including darkness, smoke and fog.

Backsense® radar sensors are available in fixed detection range models and fully programmable models allowing bespoke detection areas and the ability to calibrate-out fixed objects or bodywork.

Features & Benefits

Backsense® radar uses Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technology, transmitting a continuously varying radar frequency signal with unique time stamps to each instance of the wave. The time of the returning wave is referenced to the stamp without the radar needing to pause transmitting. This gives more accurate detection than alternative radar products using Pulsed Radar technology that transmit a burst of radar and then listen for the returning wave.

Backsense® is available in 3 pre-set width and length models and a fully programmable radar, allowing complete control of the radar beam pattern and detection area. The spread and length of the beam can be set to the width of your vehicle or beyond (from 2m to 10m (6.5ft -33ft) width and 3m to 30m (10ft-98ft) length) and bespoke detection areas can be set to calibrate-out fixed objects or bodywork.


Unique to Brigade
Frequency modulated continuous wave radar technology
Controlled beam pattern to minimise false warnings
Excellent close-in detection
5 stage audible and easy-to-read visual display
Suitable for both on- and off-road applications
Heavy duty – Designed for severe weather conditions and all terrains
Meets Health and Safety requirements
Unaffected by moisture, dust, vibration, heat, cold, UV, snow, ice, high wind, water and mud

Backsense® Network Radar System

Brigade’s Backsense® radar sensor systems detect people and objects in vehicle blind spots, significantly reducing accidents. They work effectively in harsh environments and when visibility is poor including darkness, smoke and fog.

Due to the number of complex blind spots on a vehicle, a single radar cannot always provide the detection you need and numerous in-cab displays for multiple radars can be more of a distraction than a benefit.

Brigade’s Backsense® Networked Radar allows you to connect and link up to 8 radars to cover all blind spots around the machine.

Network up to 8 sensors
Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave radar technology (FMCW)
Filtration of data to remove false alerts
Extremely rugged design for severe weather conditions and all terrains
Connection via CAN gateway or other customer-supplied Network Host

backeye 360°

All vehicles have blind spots – areas around the vehicle that are obscured to the driver by bodywork or machinery. When manoeuvring, these blind spots present a significant danger to anything or anyone in the vehicle’s path and inhibit the driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely.

Mirrors and single-view cameras help to see blind spots, but even with this extra assistance, the driver may still not see everything in the vehicle’s path. After all, they can only be watching the road, or looking in one monitor or mirror at any given time. Research shows that in the time it takes to scan four mirrors, assess and then react to hazards, even at speeds as low as 5kph a vehicle could travel as far as 10m

Benefits of Backeye®360

Benefits of the system extend beyond reducing collisions with people and objects. The comprehensive view of the surroundings aids the driver when manoeuvring at low speed and minimises damage, as drivers of larger vehicles can see and avoid objects lying on the ground.

Backeye®360 Systems are compatible with Brigade MDR digital recorders.

Eliminates blind spots, improves safety
Comprehensive view of the surrounding area in a single image
Reduces collisions with people and objects

How It Works 

Backeye®360 is an intelligent camera monitor system designed to assist low-speed manoeuvring by providing the driver with a complete surround view of the vehicle in real time.

Brigade offers a choice of 360° technologies, both of which work with four ultra wide-angle cameras that each covers one full side of the vehicle with a viewing angle of over 180°. High-mounted on the front, rear and sides, the calibrated cameras capture all of the surrounding area including the blind spots of the vehicle or machine.

The four live images are simultaneously sent to an electronic control unit (ECU) where they are instantly processed, combined, blended and stitched. The distortion from the wide-angle camera lens is also corrected before delivering a clear, single, smooth, real-time image onto the driver’s monitor.


Each Backeye®360 installation and calibration is unique. The blending and stitching of the camera views can be configured to meet the requirements of the user and the settings can be saved to upload to identical vehicles in a fleet.

Backeye®360 will work on virtually any rigid vehicle or machine, large or small and the distance of the viewing area can be set to suit the application. The flexibility of the Brigade systems means there are solutions suitable for both on- and off-road applications

Whats New? 

BN360-200 The Next Generation 360° Camera System  

Software customisation, view modes, menu items, configuration types are just some of the new features.

New views – 19 different views in total
Viewable on-screen area has increased by 22%.
New OSD Configuration Menu – Faster setup & configuration.
Remote + IR receiver to control OSD configuration menu.
Upgraded ECU:
Higher performance, capable of more views (up to 10 per mode)
Lower power consumption (7.2W vs. 12W)
Smaller ECU case

New Views

Portrait Mode can now be split to display 360° image and trigger single camera views as well as displaying full screen 360° views.
Front/Rear Focus – provides a close up of the front/rear of the vehicle. Ideal for parking and slow manoeuvres.
Left Hand & Right Hand Lane Change – 360° image shifts to the left/right when triggered to give the driver extra emphasis to right/left hand lanes.

camera monitor system

The size of commercial vehicles and machines mean vehicle blind spots are a major factor in collisions across all industries. Operator positions, bodywork, absent rear windows and bulkheads create further restrictions and can greatly limit driver visibility, making collisions even more likely. The significant financial cost of vehicle and property damage is magnified by associated costs such as downtime, but even greater are the corporate and emotional costs when there is personal injury.

Brigade’s camera monitor systems enable drivers and operators to manoeuvre and drive safely. Vehicle-mounted CCTV cameras can help the driver to see blind spots and offer a reversing aid by delivering a live feed on the monitor of everything in the camera view, including people or obstacles.

Killing Blind Spots

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

Brigade understands the many and complex safety issues of mobile applications, resulting in a flexible product range offering safety solutions for vehicles and plant. Whether you are operating on- or off-road, vehicle or machine, large or small, we can help.

We strongly believe in a complementary range of passive and active systems to warn and assist the driver whilst protecting workers, pedestrians and cyclists. Not only this, our systems help increase efficiency and decrease vehicle downtime, saving operators thousands of pounds.


Rear view camera
The rear blind spot is a huge problem regardless of vehicle/machine.

A massive 90% of reversing accidents occur OFF road (loading bays, lorry parks, quarry sites, warehouses etc.
One quarter of all workplace deaths are caused by reversing vehicles.
Reversing of commercial vehicles accounts for one claim in every six.
Reversing camera benefits;

Prevents costly reversing collisions with people, property or vehicles
Reduces vehicle damage to the rear
Assists safe and easier manoeuvring

Side view camera
The nearside blind spot is accountable for many collisions. Most cyclist fatalities happen at low speeds, typically at road junctions and when pulling off from a stationary position.

Sideswipe collisions on motorways are another common result of poor visibility. This problem is especially acute when the driver position is on the wrong side in left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive traffic.

Side view camera benefits;

Removes the nearside blind spot
Meets Class VI & V blind-spot requirements
Reduces risk of sideswipe collisions and when turning

Front view camera
Due to the size and elevated driver positions of machinery and trucks, a blind spot often exists to the front.
ISO 5006 for earth moving machinery states that a driver must be able to detect a person 1.5m high, 1m out from the perimeter of the machine, whilst blind spot directive 2003/97/EC (Class VI) requires that the front view in mandatory at forward speeds below 30kph for HGVs.

Front view camera benefits;

Meets front view blind spot requirements
Reduced front vehicle damage


In-cab monitors are a vital part of the safety process, giving the driver essential information about the vehicle’s surroundings.

Whether you need an entry-level reversing camera system or full mobile CCTV, we can help. With single-to-multiple camera inputs and auto-triggers, Brigade monitors will work on any application in any industry, regardless of the amount of camera views connected.

Brigade’s LCD monitors range from a compact 5” screen, suitable for smaller commercial vehicles or where cab space is limited, to 10.5” suitable for larger, heavy-duty machines or where permanent multiple images are required.

Brigade’s range of monitors include models with the following features:

5”/7”/10.4” screens
6.5” Double-DIN in-dash model
In-built image viewing options, including single/split/triple/quad and picture-in-picture
On-screen distance markers
Anti-tamper buttons
R46 approved
Certified to ISO 13766:2006
Auto switching PAL/NTSC
Compatible with Brigade’s MDR 

Wireless System

Connecting a rear view camera system to a large vehicle or machine can be timely and awkward due to the amount of cable to install. Brigade’s new wireless system eliminates excess cabling, saving up to two hours’ fitment time and removes the need for an additional suzie cable.

New digital wireless technology gives almost instant pictures (camera to monitor in less than 200 milliseconds) and is not affected by electrical interference from other vehicle or machine equipment. The camera image is sent to the monitor via a transmitter and receiver, and once connected, the wireless link is secure. The system also features an easy re-pairing function, allowing the receiver to be linked to a different transmitter making interchanging trailers possible.
The Benefits

Eliminates the need for additional suzie cables
Vastly reduces installation time
Allows for interchangeable trailers

Adapter Cables

A large range of extension and adapter cables is available to suit every camera monitor system application. Whether you want to add additional cameras, reach the full length of your vehicle or have a tractor trailer combination, Brigade has a solution for you.

Brigade’s range of OEM adapter cables allow for easy retro fit of cameras to existing in cab monitors for makes such as DAF, Volvo, Scania, MAN, Fendt, Iveco to name a few.

Reversing and Warning Alarms

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.

Reversing 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.

Instantly Locatable Sound
bbs-tek® multi-frequency reversing 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.

Heard Only Where it Matters
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.

Why choose bbs-tek® over beeping alarms?

Effective danger warning?
Alarm sound quickly located?
Heard where it matters?

Effect on workers?
Heard by those wearing ear defenders or with hearing impairment?
Eliminates noise complaints? 


bbs-tek® White Sound® alarms
Yes – directional sound
Yes – only in hazard zone

Treat sound with respect

Likely due to multi-frequency


Tonal ‘beep beep’ alarms
Not always
Unreliable and confusing
No – an area at least 30 times greater than the hazard zone
More likely to zone out and ignore the sound

Less likely – single frequency
No – sound too piercing 


Electric and hybrid vehicles are almost silent; they are audible only after they have reached a certain speed (> 30 km / h), when the sound of wind and tires generates enough sound so that they can be heard.

The Brigade QVS multi-frequency sound generator, which integrates our patented bbs-tek® technology, delivers directional noise, allowing other road users to instantly determine where the sound comes from and take proactive actions.

• Warns pedestrians and other road users that a quiet car is approaching;

• Patented bbs-tek® technology:

- Broadband sound;

- Directional and local sound;

- Sound is heard only in the danger zone.

• Designed for electric and hybrid cars