Brigade Electronics stand (A309) at the CV Show will offer new product launches and the latest compliance guidance, ranging from the Direct Vision Standard to R46 requirements.
Brigade will be launching the Quiet Vehicle Sounder (QVS) ahead of legislation for the mandatory fitment of Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS), which comes into force for all new quiet (electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell) vehicle models registered after 1 September 2019 and all new vehicle registrations after 1 September 2021.
Brigade's QVS is designed for quiet vehicles that are difficult to hear and therefore not easily recognised by vulnerable road users including the visually and hearing impaired, people with restricted mobility and young children. The system operates up to 20mph at which point tyre and wind noise would normally mask the sound of a conventional combustion engine vehicle. Studies by the Guide Dogs charity have concluded that electric vehicles pose a danger to vulnerable road users and increase the risk of incidents by up to 40%.
QVS changes pitch according to the speed of the vehicle, mimicking a combustion engine characteristics when accelerating and slowing down. The award-winning innovation incorporates bbs-tek white sound technology to provide directional and instantly locatable sound.
Also new to the range at the CV show is an extension to Brigade's digital recording services. Operators can now choose bolt-on options to set up email or text message notifications for triggered events. Examples include; HDD error, to notify a manager if there is a fault with the hard disc drive, video loss if a camera is not working and overspeed if the vehicle exceeds a pre-set speed. Operators can also set up geographical boundaries and choose to receive an alert if a vehicle enters or leaves a specified area, for instance, if a driver leaves the M25 area. Finally, fleet managers can receive an alert in the event of an impact via a G-force notification such as a collision.
The new service options reduce admin time and help fleet managers to improve efficiency by receiving instant notifications when action is required.
Brigade's 4G capable MDR system is available with either a UK or roaming 12-month contract. Users can access data via the Dashboard software or Brigade's mobile app. A technical helpline, online tutorials and a customer services department all help to make the consumer experience seamless.
Brigade has recently increased its warranty period across all ranges. Select series cameras, Backsense and Sidescan systems have increased from two to three years. Brigade's Elite range-camera monitor systems have been extended from three to five years warranty and Backeye360 systems from two to five years. The white sound reversing alarm continues to offer a lifetime warranty.
Members of the engineering and applications teams will be on hand on the stand to discuss technical or bespoke requirements with operators. At the same time, visitors may prefer to discuss compliance issues such as the upcoming Direct Vision Standard, changes with FORS or GDPR whilst taking advantage of the large networking lounge area with a complimentary beverage and a biscuit.