Brigade will be launching the next generation of integrated radar to further reduce blind spots on large plant and construction machinery at PlantworX this year.

Due to the number of complex blind spots on large vehicles and mobile plant equipment, a single radar cannot always provide the detection required. Blind spots include not only the rear and sides but also the front, especially with elevated driver positions. The current alternative, of numerous in-cab displays for multiple radars can be more of a driver distraction than a benefit.

Brigade’s new Backsense Networked Radar is the next generation of obstacle detection, allowing operators to connect and link up to eight radars to provide extra coverage around the machine. This improves driver manoeuvrability and reduces the risk of collision.

Aimed at Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and specialist application markets, detection information is delivered by CAN BUS and can be integrated into existing vehicle systems or used to control aspects of the machine.

Brigade’s frequency modulated Backsense emits continuous wave radar which is faster than competitor pulsed radar products. The sensor system controls the radar beam pattern, so the spread of the beam can be restricted to the width of the plant 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 each radar head can be directed at different angles to optimise detection performance and to help prevent ground detections when approaching ramps. Each connected radar sensor is allocated a unique identification and will transmit data for up to eight of the closest objects. The detection data is filtered to remove false alerts.

Brigade also offer a range of affordable ‘stand alone’ Backsense models with programmable and fixed detection zones of up to 30 meters, dependent on customer requirements, a considerably larger range than that offered by other products on the market. The rugged design, in line with IP69K standards, allows the sensors to operate effectively in areas of harsh terrain, dust and in poor weather conditions.