Picture of model trucks fitted with Brigade Electronics' Backsense Network-Radar

Brigade to show new radar network at Hillhead

Published:  18 May, 2018

Brigade Electronics returns to the Hillhead show this year with Backsense – a budget sensing system designed for machines – and the new Backsense Network-radar aimed at OEMs.

Backsense is designed for a range of machines including mobile cranes, telehandlers and concrete pumps. It emits a continuous wave radar which is faster than pulsed radar products. The sensor system controls the radar beam pattern, so the spread of the beam can be restricted to minimise false alerts on a busy site.

The unit is fixed to an adjustable mounting bracket so the radar beam can be angled to optimise performance and help it avoid detecting ramps or rises.

The in-cab display has a visual warning with five LEDs corresponding to five distance zones from the vehicle. The audible warning buzzer, although adjustable, cannot be switched off, eliminating the possibility of driver interference and providing fleet operators with peace of mind.

A range of Backsense models offer programmable and fixed detection zones of up to 30 metres, dependent on customer requirements. Designed in line with IP69K standards, the sensors still operate effectively in areas of harsh terrain, dust and in poor weather conditions.

Some vehicles, however, require more than one radar point and Brigade Electronics' new Backsense Network-Radar allows operators to connect and link up to eight sensors to cover large, sometimes complex blind spot zones around the vehicle or machine.

The system provides object detection in CAN (Controller Area Network) message format which may be processed to display data on control panels/displays on the vehicle or used to control aspects of the machine. Each connected radar sensor is given a unique ID and will transmit data for up to 8 close objects.

Aimed at OEM and specialist application markets, this type of radar is especially suited to larger pieces of plant equipment such as wheel loaders, excavators and tippers.

Brigade’s new Backeye360 will also be on display at Hillhead and has been upgraded with greater flexibility allowing configuration and views to be tailored to each application. The layout on the monitor has also been improved to increase the image size by 22 per cent.

The Hillhead Quarry Exhibition takes place from 26-28 June 2018 at Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, Derbyshire. Brigade will be on stand Q12.

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