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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.

 

 

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 mov