The focus for business owners and fleet managers has moved from not only improving the efficiency of the fleet and reducing costs but also improving driver behaviour, risk management and accident reduction.
Safe Drivers, Safe Vehicles, Safe Roads
Video Telematics and Connected DashCams including video evidence or photographic snapshots provide the full story of what’s happening and accurate context.
Video provides the context to what happened, where and why.
Protect, Prevent, Prove
Video with Telematics Data—The Complete Picture
There are lots of questions asked about video telematics and connected dashcams such as:
How does it work? Will it benefit my business? Is it too expensive for a small fleet?
Here we look at answering the most common questions asked.
In simple terms, video telematics combines video data pictures and vehicle telematics data to deliver insights that telematics alone cannot. A full story of what happened, where and why.
Telematics, for example, provides location information, as well as data about erratic driving events such as hard braking, acceleration, harsh cornering or collisions. Video telematics provides a critical context with video and snapshots completing the picture of what happened.
It may be that your existing Telematics Service Provider has a video telematics solution and you can upgrade.
If that’s not the case you can still benefit from Video Telematics by adding a stand-alone Connected DashCam to the vehicle.
This will allow you to run your existing system to track vehicles but have any video for critical events uploaded and available, with mapping location data and event details, for review.
Yes, you can buy a DashCams online or even at your local garage that is pretty cheap. But also that is what you get- a cheap solution.
Cameras used for Video Telematics applications have a number of features making then suitable for commercial operations:
- High quality 1080p HD video and up to 30fps recording speed
- Super-wide viewing angle
- High-quality image sensor
- Accurate G-shock sensors and GPS
- Permanent power connection to the vehicle. Not plugged in into USB plugs
- Security with lockable case preventing removal of memory cards
Compared to what?
Camera costs are similar to that of a commercial specification DashCam whilst services costs have reduced dramatically over the past year.
Savings in ensuring you have a safe fleet due to the risk of accidents reducing is soon translated into bottom line business improvements.
Have a look at how this will save you money and measure that in financial terms.
Save Time, Save Money, Drive Safe
Video Telematics continues with those objectives but also increases the financial savings and driver safety improvements.
Build better relationships with drivers. Protect drivers against false claims.
Driver coaching and training with video improves driver skills.
Driver data and vehicle event footage tracked in real-time.
Protection of brand and company reputation by reducing risk and improving compliance.
Reduce the cost of incidents, claims, insurance premiums and vehicle repairs.
Provides key staff or 3rd party services with FNOL ( First Notification of Loss ) through real-time alerts. Reduction in time and resources to deal with incidents.
Identify risky routes and delivery locations.
The Telematics element of the system works as normal with the Telematics unit recording location ( GPS ), speed and using sensors records acceleration, braking and cornering, among other things.
At the same time, the DashCam records high quality video onto the internal storage, typically in loops of 1 minute.
If a potentially critical event is detected such as harsh acceleration, braking or cornering or excessive speed, an event is recorded, these can be filtered to prevent unnecessary events being reported.
Depending on the type of video telematics system installed either the Telematics / Camera unit uploades a short video clip and/or pictures to the Telematics application or the Telematics application requests the video and pictures when a critical event report is received.
Either way, the result is the same. The Telematics application shows the critical event with associated video and pictures allowing analysis and full understanding of what happened.
A Stand-Alone Connected DashCam will provide you with full tracking and reporting functionality with critical events captured on video and uploaded to the tracking application.
This meets the need for customers who only need track and trace tracking but want the protection of a connected DashCam.
That’s the whole point!
The system only uploads video clips where there has been a critical driving event. And with the reports showing when these happened, the vehicle involved and the type of event you only need to look at those that are necessary to reduce risk, prove liability, protect your company from unwarranted claims and coach drivers.
You can concentrate on running your business knowing that if there is an issue that needs your attention you’ll be informed of it.
That is not true for LCV’s or for outside of the London area.
The Transport For London (TFL ) Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires operators of lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to apply and obtain a permit to enter or operate in Greater London, or you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is new safety legislation from Transport for London created to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
If you have vehicles under 12 tonnes GVW you do not need to meet the DVS requirements.
From 26th October 2020, with enforcement commencing 1 March 2021, HGVs over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight will need a Safety Permit to enter Greater London.
Visit tfl.gov.uk for more info.
Like any other business investment you need to see a tangible return on your investment. Video Telematics increases the savings over standard telematics by improving safe driving, reducing incidents and ongoing reductions in fleet costs.
Bent metal costs
Decrease the frequency and severity of at-fault accidents.
- Decrease in accidents
- Reduction in accident-related costs
- Reduction in high risk driving events
Eliminate false claims
- Reduction in insurance excess payments
- Prevent future insurance increases
- Reduction in 3rd party claims
- Decrease in future premiums
- Decrease in claim costs
Vehicle Maintenance / Wear and Tear Costs.
- Saving in repairs for own fault incidents
- Decreased maintenance costs
- Reduction in driver turnover
- Reduction in new staff recruitment costs
Video Telematics and Connected DashCam Solutions
There are a number of different 3G Connected or stand-alone solutions that can be provided depending on a fleets specific needs.
Video Telematics – Are You Seeing The Full Picture?
Video telematics is becoming the must have driver safety solution. Video with Telematics data provides the complete picture of what happened, where and why.
Our eBook on Video Telematics will help you understand what it is, how it works and the benefits. 2021 update