Brigade Electronics launches dash cam range

Brigade Electronics, best known for their reversing alarms, has launched a new range of dash cameras suited to commercial vehicles.

The new dash cameras have a high-definition resolution for high quality recording, GPS data tracking and G sensor to help provide the maximum amount of irrefutable evidence in the even of a collision or claim.

There are three new camera unit options with a standalone DC-101-000 camera, standalone camera with additional rear camera (DC-102-RVC) and the standalone with an additional DC-102-IRC infrared camera, all of which are managed through a simple recovery software system to access the video footage.

Said to have a wide dynamic range to help eliminate bright spots in the footage, the cameras have also been designed with a super capacitor to automatically provide back-up power in the event of a power failure, so that records are not lost and remain safely stored.

The cameras have four recording modes, with a continuious function from the moment the engine is started, a record while parked option that is triggered through a motion detection system, event or incident recording using the G sensor and a manual recording function via a button press.

Emily Hardy, Brigade Electronics marketing manager, said: “Incidents involving vehicles are time consuming issues to resolve and are becoming more frequent. A lack of solid evidence can often mean companies automatically accept liability. Our new dash cam range is ideal for recording incidents on the road, helping to prevent false claims and vandalism. Installing a dash cam will give drivers and operators peace of mind in the event of an incident.”

Maintenance and workshop trends explored in new CM reader research

More than one-third (37%) of operators plan to spend money on in-house workshops and maintenance equipment during 2021, according to brand-new research published in the ‘Hot Topic Industry Insight 2021’ report.

It surveyed readers of Commercial Motor and sister title Motor Transport to ask what they perceived as major industry challenges for the year ahead, and to explore trends around buying patterns, compliance and technology use.

Around 42% of businesses choose to outsource their fleet maintenance to a third party, while 32% manage it in-house and the rest a mixture of the two, depending on the work involved.

When it comes to wheel alignment, a significant 78% of operators chose to use a professional third party.

Our survey also revealed that nearly two-thirds of operators (63%) experienced difficulties during 2020 in securing a testing slot, with the same amount calling for a shake-up to the scheme to enable accredited private examiners to offer them.

Industry associations have long lobbied the government to modernise the HGV testing regime, allowing accredited third parties to carry out tests, as they do for cars and vans. So it was welcome news when the government announced last summer that it planned to review the current system and ensure it was fit for purpose in today’s road haulage sector.

CM readers can download the full Hot Topics: Industry Insight 2021 report free of charge.