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  • What size gravel should I use for pathways and drives?
  • What size gravel should I use for pathways and drives?

    The most common sizes we supply are 10mm and 20mm gravel. 10mm is usually best for pathways, as it is easy to walk on. The 20mm is best for drives, because the smaller 10mm gravel may get into the treads of car tyres.

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NEW SAFETY CAMERA SYSTEM for the entire fleet -


Smiths has taken another proactive approach towards ensuring the safety of vulnerable road users around Oxford city and the surrounding country roads.

Concerned about driver information overload and encouraged by the introduction and industry acceptance of specifications such as CLOCS and FORS, Smiths’ has specified Brigade’s Backeye®360, Sidescan® systems and mobile digital recording devices for its entire tipper fleet going forward.

Smiths’ Transport Manager, Paul Needle explains ‘In the past we have been actively involved in vehicle safety days around Oxford and we were also involved in the launch of the Mineral Product Associations’ cycle safety scheme. Smiths are very proactive when it comes to vulnerable road user safety and having trialed various vehicle camera systems, we were the first tipper operator to fit the Backeye®360 system’.

Brigades Backeye®360 is an intelligent camera monitor system that assists low speed manoeuvrability, providing the driver with an all-round view of the vehicle in a single image on the in-cab monitor. The system simultaneously blends and stitches the live images from four ultra-wide cameras together to produce a single birds eye view image, effectively eliminating blind spots.

These images are then recorded on to Brigade’s NEW MDR-404-500, 4-channel mobile digital recording device. Fitted with a 500Gb hard-drive and built in GPS the device has the ability record up to 1164 hours of footage from the Backeye®360 camera system.

In addition, Smiths has fitted Brigade’s Sidescan® Obstacle Detection kit to the entire fleet. Required to meet specification standards including FORS, CLOCS and Crossrail, the 4-sensor system is fitted along the bottom of the cab on the nearside. Working in conjunction with a Backchat® speaking alarm, the system provides an audible warning alerting both the driver and the vulnerable road user to a potential hazard when the vehicle is turning or manoeuvring at low speed. 

Since fitting the systems Smiths & Sons has reported driver benefits, commenting in particular on the reduced information overload. Paul continues ‘I was very impressed with Brigade’s product, the Backeye®360 in particular. The drivers immediately saw the benefits of the all-round view and the system has now been made a part of our standard specification for all new vehicles’.

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