Choosing the Best Vehicle Camera Systems for Your Fleet
As a fleet manager, you have a series of decisions to make in order to get the most from your fleet and drivers. Your responsibility is to keep people safe as well as serve your customers in the best way possible. When all is going well, this can feel like a breeze. When problems arise, the investigations can take up a huge amount of your time.
Implementing a vehicle camera and GPS system means you can resolve these situations quickly. It is all about peace-of-mind. Your drivers know that their safety is monitored and you can help them by quickly sorting through the data and coming to a conclusion. Having this information at your fingertips saves your business from unscrupulous claims and can help you fight your case in a court of law, if necessary.
In order to ensure that you are arming your fleet with the best tool to meet your needs, there are a number of factors to take into account when choosing the best vehicle camera systems. Here is our guide on what to look for:
If you are recording video data for your fleet then you want to know that the camera system has ample memory for your needs. At least 64GB is recommended, if the system offers internal storage. Consider that an hour of 1080P video might use 6GB or more of this memory. There are a couple of simple workarounds to ensure you are on top of this. SD cards can enhance memory, be easily changed by your team and solve the problem, as can the ability to send data wirelessly or store it on a cloud.
Sending Data Wirelessly
Your team may be out on the road for days or weeks at a time. If there is an incident to investigate, you don’t want to sit waiting for them to return in order to gather the information you need. Get around this issue by selecting a camera system for your fleet that will send the data wirelessly straight to your management system.
Recording images means you want video that can stand up in a court of law, if necessary. The cheaper camera systems have lower grade images and may not provide clear evidence when you need it most. The most effective use of your budget is to invest in quality at a reasonable price. We recommend selecting cameras that output at least 1080p HD as this gives clear crisp images that you can rely on in case of an incident. After all, you are likely to have chosen a vehicle camera in order to:
Improve the driving performance of your team
Provide security for your business
Protect the public
Guard against claims
All of these mean you need high quality videos and a dedicated fleet management system that is both accurate and reliable.
Not all of the driving carried out by your drivers will happen during daylight hours. In fact, if you employ cross-country fleets, much of the driving may take place at night. Night vision ensures that you will be able to gather footage of incidents at any time of the day or night, whether the vehicle is in motion or parked in a lot or roadside rest stop.
It’s one thing having the images you need to look into the driving of your fleet, but another altogether to have data to back this up. The SmartWitness vehicle camera kit is the ultimate support system for you and your drivers. Its capabilities go way beyond simply recording video images, adding other vital parts, such as:
The exact location of the vehicle
The driver’s view of the road
Driving style at the time of the incident
The vehicle impact and force
This advanced system allows you to use SmartWitness as a vehicle camera as well as a GPS tracking system. If you are ever in a position where you have to investigate a claim, then having access to all of this background information will help you to piece together a full and accurate picture of what happened.
Plug and Play
You are a busy person, so are your drivers. Select a camera that is easy to setup and implement. Plug and play is the way to instantly get your team on the road and protect your fleet without hassle.
Wide Viewing Angle
A 120-degree angle, which is offered with the SmartWitness vehicle camera system, means that you can see both an internal and external view of the vehicle, receiving a somewhat clear picture of what your team is doing at the point of any accident, incident, or point of query. This shows so much more than the view of the road you will find on most dash cameras.
When it comes to ensuring that your fleet of vehicles is armed with strategically-placed dash cams and GPS tracking systems, BrickHouse Security is committed to providing the best tools for the job. Our team of experts is always available to answer your questions and provide answers to your most puzzling security concerns. We invite you to contact us directly so we can assist you. You can also explore our learning center for professional fleet tracking.