Brigade Electronics will be racing onto the Road Transport Expo


Alongside sponsorship partners Northside Truck & Van, Brigade Electronics will be exhibiting the seven times winning truck of British Truck Racing Champion Ryan Smith, on stand R16.

Visitors will be able to see the race truck, which is fitted with a range of Brigade cameras, and talk to Ryan Smith about his incredible achievements.

The truck is fitted with four VBV-790C cameras to the chassis, one for each wheel. Initially, the cameras were fitted to monitor what the truck’s suspension was doing. However, it quickly became apparent that the team could also monitor the heat sensor that releases water to cool the brakes if they become too hot.

Ryan’s team had been spending between £6000 to £8000 on new brakes every year. Then, via the cameras, the team spotted that the heat sensor had moved out of alignment and wasn’t measuring the temperature of the brake system adequately. This meant the brakes were overheating and needed replacing regularly. The team were able to immediately re-align the sensor, saving thousands of pounds and time in downtime.

Ryan said: “Brigade’s cameras have saved us a substantial amount of money due to not having to replace the brakes as often. The camera image is crystal clear. The quality is excellent. There is no flickering or delay, and I am pleased to have Brigade systems on my truck.”

Ryan Smith’s truck is fitted with eight cameras in total. A VBV-790 on the back to improve vision when reversing, two VBV-320Cs on the cab to act as wing mirrors and one VBV-320C inside the cab, which is used as a forward-facing camera. All the cameras are connected to Brigade’s MDR-508G 2tb digital recording system with live access to camera footage.

In the cab, the truck holds two seven-inch monitors mounted in portrait view and one 10-inch monitor for the reverse view.