The only locatable reversing alarm on the market, bbs-tek, has been reduced by up to 20% according to Brigade Electronics.
White sound reversing alarms are safer, quieter and now even cheaper. Brigade’s Regional Marketing Manager, Emily Hardy explains: “Advancements in manufacturing processes have enabled us to reduce costs, allowing us to slash prices (at stockist level) by at least 20%.”
In 2001 Brigade introduced white sound reversing alarms as part of plans to phase out tonal alarms on the grounds of corporate social responsibility. Noise complaints were growing about the very product that Brigade had brought to Europe and the new style alarm was a revolutionary alternative that was also endorsed by the Noise Abatement Society.
The innovative white sound alarm limits sound to the immediate danger area, preventing noise nuisance. The gentler “ssh, ssh” sound is also less irritating than the old style beeping alarms that are shrill to the ear. In a similar way that a person reacts to a snapped twig, the broad band frequency emitted by bbs-tek® is directional and therefore instantly locatable, unlike ‘bleeping’ tonal alarms that can cause disorientation and even distress. Emily explains: “With white sound reversing alarms, you can pin point the exact location from where a vehicle is reversing and can actually hear the direction it is moving in. This prevents worker disorientation and reduces the likelihood of workers disconnecting the vital reversing aid due to noise nuisance. “
While cheap imitations have crept into the market, they have failed to offer the greatest benefit, locatability. The benefits of being able to locate the direction of a moving vehicle are vast. For instance fatalities have occurred when multiple vehicles have been reversing because the ground worker either does not realise the direction a vehicle is moving in or presumes there is only one vehicle moving and is hit from the opposite direction. With bbs-tek, the sound is louder in the danger area and dissipates the further away you are from the danger area, so you only hear it where it matters. This means it is possible to hear a vehicle approaching or moving away by locating its direction with the ear.
Being able to detect the direction of a moving vehicle also has benefits for the visually impaired who rely on sound as a primary warning factor. The hearing impaired equally benefit from white sound. In the same way that children can hear much higher pitched sounds than adults, those that cannot hear at certain narrow band frequencies are more likely to hear the wide spectrum of frequencies emitted by bbs-tek®.