It’s becoming increasingly popular for trucking companies to install cameras in the vehicles. Why, exactly? In-cab cameras can improve the driving experience, protect driver safety, regarding fallacy and potential lawsuits, and boost efficiency of communication, between both driver and dispatcher.
Beyond these benefits of in-cab cameras, installation can also lower insurance costs, which is a major bonus for trucking companies. Check out the article in the link for further proof. As many drivers are inexperienced, accidents are pretty common, leading to a sense of distrust amongst insurers who are on the hook for pricy settlements. So, premiums have increased, and in some cases, insurance companies simply refuse to offer coverage.
Yet—installing cameras in fleets will give the company more credibility and insurance companies more faith. These video cameras are often used in court, as they can highlight the moments before an accident hits—making a driver’s case stronger and accurate. What’s more, as drivers are being filmed, they’re more vigilant with driving skills and are less apt to make phone calls, take photos, text, or engage on any apps when driving.
Here are a few cost-saving technologies to choose from.
Forward-Facing Camera (non-connected)
In simplest terms, you’ll just need a single, forward-facing camera to record what’s ahead of you (the most budget friendly). Being the most basic, they’ll offer better coverage and reassurance, but you won’t be able to record from different angles or collect any real-time data. These simple, non-connected cameras are limited and can be unreliable depending on manufacturer. Also, these simple cameras require the user to manually pull the SD card to view the camera footage. This presents challenges in the field when real-time accident footage is required.
Multiple Cameras (non-connected or event-based)
If you’re interested in seeing from several different angles, and willing to shell out the extra cash, you can tact on more cameras throughout the vehicle. This will offer extra protection, as you can record video from all sides.
Whether you want a dual-camera, where you’ll see from forward-facing and rear-facing, or you’d like to add up to 5 cameras, the technology will add functionality and cost. These systems are a step up from single cameras and allow for more than 1 viewing angle. A downside though is that they require manual pull of the SD card to retrieve footage or rely on the manufacture to detect an event. Event based systems are limited to events only, and do not allow for access to historical footage and will not help customers retrieve footage to monitor driver safety & compliance, end-customer disputes, roadside inspections, etc. .
Onboard 3G Camera Telematics
If you want all the gizmos, and to possibly eliminate an existing GPS tracking solution, you might choose a more luxury style of logging, with a video data event recorder camera solution. With these systems, you’ll find built-in GPS, so you can watch your vehicle move along a Google map in real time and track your distance with GPS telematics functionality all built into one solution/vendor. A vehicle can have up to 5 cameras connected through a web-based platform to allow for live streaming, on-demand historical footage, and proactive event generation. These systems combine in-cab camera functionality with GPS telematics. There are differences in systems out there so make sure to do your homework. The reliable, higher quality solutions allow for companies and users to access footage real-time as events are happening in the field.
Depending on the vendor, customers are able to access live video streaming, which you can select your level of quality and number of cameras, which will dictate cost. What’s more, you can access searchable on-demand storage, so you can play back your video recordings whenever you like (in the case of an insurance claim, a customer dispute, workman’s comp claim, law enforcement stop, road rage incident, or just for fun!).
Nowadays, providers offer $0 down lease programs that eliminate the need for any capital up front to realize the positive bottom line impact. In today’s world of technology and safety equipment, there is no better bang for the buck, than some form of Camera Solution in your fleet vehicles…
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