Why Mobile Digital Recorder
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

Recording Features 

Records from up to eight cameras simultaneously.

Up to 1862 hours recording time. Pre- and post-trigger recording of up to 60 minutes preceding or following an incident. Simultaneous mirror-recording onto an in-built SD card, meaning there is always back-up of footage. Built-in GPS for recording speed and location
Eight configurable trigger inputs.
Audio functionality with high quality compression (monitor and/or camera must have microphone).
Motion detection for capturing footage when the vehicle is unattended.
G-sensor provides impact data and accelerating and braking.
Footage is protected by a non-visible digital watermark. Files that have been tampered with no longer play meaning a more reliable source of evidence for use in legal proceedings.
Search by date, time and triggered events such as G-Force, speed or motion detection.
Exported clips have embedded software – allows footage to be viewed without the need for additional software.
Compatible with Brigade’s vehicle CCTV camera monitor systems and Backeye®360 systems.

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

Why Ultrasonic Sensors 

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.

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.

Radar Obstacle Detection

Why Backsense® 

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.

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

Backsense® OSD (Radar On-Screen Display)

Radar sensor data and camera image combined with Brigade’s Radar sensors minimise both vehicle damage and collisions by informing the driver of the distance between vehicle and obstacles, whether moving or stationary. Ideal for vehicles and machines manoeuvring at low speed. 

Working in conjunction with a Backeye® camera monitor system and up to two Backsense® Network radar detection systems (one supplied with the on-screen display module kit), the on-screen display warns the driver of obstacles in the danger zone by overlaying 5-stage audible and visual radar data onto the camera image on the monitor. 

• Integration of Brigade’s Backsense® object detection systems and Backeye® camera monitor systems to improve safety 

• Up to 2 Radar detection warnings overlaid onto camera image on in-cab monitor 

• Reduce driver stress and distractions as all information is in one place.

Backsense® IP69K Water and Dust Proof Display

Radar heavy duty display works in conjunction with the IP69K sensor BS-9000 (one supplied with BS-9000-WD) to provide ultimate water and dust/sand protection. It’s protective design allows it to be used in any application, even with open cab vehicles exposed to temperatures from -40°C to 85°C. The Radar display can be connected to one sensor and be set to the width of 2m to 10m (6.5ft – 33 ft) and 3m to 30m (10f – 98ft) in length.

• 5 stage audible and easy-to-read visual display <br>• Suitable for both on- and off-road applications 

• Heavy duty – designed for severe weather conditions and all terrains 

• Unaffected by moisture, dust, sand, vibration, heat, cold, UV, snow, ice, high wind, water and mud


Why 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.


Camera Monitor Systems

Why Camera Monitor Systems 

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.

Camera Monitor System Benefits

Vehicle camera systems are a vast improvement on the many mirrors needed to view vehicle blind spots. Mirrors themselves create further blind spots and ‘information overload’ for drivers who don’t know where to look first, with knocked or broken mirrors creating further visibility issues. Backeye® monitors allow multiple camera images to be viewed on a single monitor with dedicated views triggered by, for example, reverse gear. Cameras provide a wider angle of view than mirrors and are less likely to be damaged, whilst built-in LED’s offer superior visibility in low light conditions. 

Camera monitor systems are used in a wide range of on- and off-road applications to meet a host of health and safety and legislative requirements, including R46. They can eliminate blind spots to prevent costly vehicle damage and, more importantly, save lives.

Reduce blind spots 

Prevent accidents 

Can help reduce insurance premiums.

Improvement over standard mirrors. 

Meets health and Safety requirements 

Compatible with Brigade’s MDR vehicle recorders 

Provide irrefutable evidence in the case of accidents and legal proceedings 

Prevent false insurance claims 

Peace of mind for drivers, passengers and operators


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 

 <br>Side view camera <br>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

Reversing and Warning Alarms

Why 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? 

                                                  bbs-tek® White                         Tonal ‘beep
                                                  Sound® alarms                         beep’ alarms
Effective danger warning?    Yes                                              Not always Alarm sound quickly located?                     Yes – directional sound          Unreliable and confusing Heard where it matters?       Yes – only in hazard zone       No – an area at least 30                                                                                                                 times greater than the                                                                                                                     hazard zone
Effect on workers?                Treat sound with respect         More likely to zone out                                                                                                                   and ignore the sound
Heard by those wearing        Likely due to multi-                   Less likely –
ear defenders or with            frequency                                   single frequency
hearing impairment?                                        
Eliminates noise
complaints?                             Yes                                             No – sound too piercing 

Quiet Vehicle Sounder

Quiet Vehicle Sounder – Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) 

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. 

The problem with silence 

Without an acoustic vehicle alerting system, electric and hybrid vehicles are almost silent; they are only audible once they have built up some speed (approximately 20kph) when wind and road noise generate enough sound that they can be heard. Studies have concluded that electric and hybrid vehicles pose a danger to vulnerable road users (VRU) and increase the risk of incidents with pedestrians by up to 80%. Sound is an important contributor to road safety for pedestrians, not only for the blind or visually impaired. 

The solution 

Since 2010, Brigade has been involved in the QRTV (Quiet Road Transport Vehicles) working group to establish requirements for a UN standard. 

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. There is no safer alternative. 

Heard Only Where it Matters – Brigade’s Quiet Vehicle Sounder creates a “sssshhhhh” sound which is gentle on the ear and dissipates quickly once the vehicle has passed, meaning it can only be heard in the danger zone (0-20mph). People living and working in the surrounding areas will not be impacted by unnecessary sound, reducing the impact on peoples health. 


Warns pedestrians and other VRU’s that a quiet vehicle is approaching 

bbs-tek® patented technology – Multi-frequency sound – Directional and locatable – The sound is only heard in the hazard zone

Front speaker with optional rear speaker 

Pitch and volume automatically increases with vehicle speed to mimic an internal combustion engine 

Sound cuts out at 20mph 

Legislation affecting quiet vehicles and acoustic vehicle alerting systems 

Both the US and the EU are introducing standards to ensure minimum sound requirements for electric and hybrid vehicles to protect VRUs. An Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System will need to be fitted to make electric or hybrid vehicles “sound similar” to vehicles with combustion engines when travelling at low speed.

EU: UNECE R138 – From July 2019: All new hybrid and electric vehicles to be sold in Europe will need an acoustic vehicle alerting system to emit sound when travelling at low speeds. 

US: NHTSA 49 CFR Part 571 and 585 – By September 2020: All hybrid and electric vehicles in USA will need an acoustic vehicle alerting system to emit sound when travelling at low speeds.