First used in the auto racing and film industry back in the early 1980s, on-board cameras and recording technology have advanced greatly. Being able to record or view HD video with cameras small enough to fit on the back of a cell phone, coupled with storage cards reduced to the size of a coin has allowed for many uses of on-board cameras.
The rise of social networks and immediacy communications has us distracted and always-on, despite hands-free legislation and devices. Having a vehicle camera system has shown to motivate better driving behaviour, as operators tend to self-correct bad habits when a dash cam is present.
Today’s drivers are becoming accustomed to using vehicle surveillance cameras for back-up guidance, precision maneuvering, merging, and reducing blind spots. Some would even say our next generation of drivers require high-tech views.
Now referred to as Video Telematics, fleet managers are relying heavily on camera systems and mobile recording devices for real-time video, location, and drive data.
Video telematics combines vehicle data and driving data to provide more context around any incident footage while transmitting the video evidence in real-time over a cellular network.
Technology can be complicated. The plethora of brand names, devices, options, and tech specs can leave any buyer stupefied.
Rest assured, all makes and models of commercial vehicles or heavy equipment can be outfitted with a camera system; both inside and out, from extreme close-ups to wide-angles and 360º views.
Garbage trucks, snowplows, dump trucks, whatever your fleet vehicle needs simply ask yourself these two questions:
What VIEW do I want to see? How will I USE the image I see?
Vehicle camera systems and video telematics both play a critical role in Fleet Operations, improving the safety of drivers and others on the road. When selecting a camera system, simply focus on two basic needs: the view you want to capture and what you will do with the data.
Before the worst happens, let us help you navigate the options in choosing the best Camera System to outfit your fleet.