Video Telematics. Defined.
Information meets exoneration with technology that lets you see the “why.”
What Is Video Telematics?
Conventional vehicle telematics technologies are widely used. Video is not, with adoption rates in the low single digits in the United States. Many don’t know much about video telematics. Does that include you? Read on.
Video telematics uses connected camera-based technology to provide clear visual evidence of what happens in and around the vehicle. Non-video telematics provides alerts that suggest an event—the what, the when and the where. Add video and you’ll confirm the what and learn the why. And prove it with footage.
Road-facing dashcams record a view of the road in front of the vehicle to document factors contributing to an accident, such as another vehicle swerving in front of the operating vehicle. Often affixed to the dashboard or windshield.
Driver-facing cameras record the cab interior to document driver activities before, during and after an event. Can detect (or rule out) driver distraction or fatigue—useful in protecting against false claims and identifying risky behaviors to address through coaching.
Multiview systems can capture video of the front, sides, rear and interior of a vehicle in almost any combination, useful for accident documentation, driver/cargo/passenger security, or navigating close spaces. SmartWitness can integrate as many as eight cameras into one solution.
Edge Vs. Cloud
The current video telematics trend is to integrate features into the camera, pushing technology to the “edge,” or device, level. This tends to increase cost and often the size of the device. SmartWitness prefers to deliver key features through cloud-based software, keeping devices affordable and lengthening their useful life because new features can be added without acquiring new hardware. Case in point: The SmartWitness AI Tech Package enables fleets to add artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to existing non-AI cameras.
Image Resolution Vs. Data Storage Capacity
In video telematics, solutions strike a balance between the sharpness (resolution) of video and the system’s capacity to store video data. In general, the higher the resolution of video imagery, the lower the capacity for the system to store it, making it necessary to overwrite sooner.
The Value of Video
Traditional telematics generates alerts to the fleet manager at a central location using GPS and accelerometer technology. The accelerometer detects G-forces to perceive sudden or abrupt movement; GPS tells the manager where it occurs, in addition to providing vehicle location for other needs.
The problem: Hitting a pothole can mimic a collision; a normal sharp turn can be hard to distinguish from an avoidance maneuver. It takes valuable time to determine which. Video shows the manager exactly what happened, and SmartWitness AIDE software leverages AI/machine vision technology to dramatically reduce false positives. That’s valuable.
Also valuable is video versus a written report in litigation defense. This not only can minimize or eliminate litigation costs, but it also can reduce liability insurance premiums.
Video Telematics Myths
Many fleet owners and managers are unaware of the value of video telematics. Others have misperceptions:
Video Telematics Is Expensive.
Video telematics costs vary widely depending on technology and provider. SmartWitness innovates to make technology affordable and accessible to a broader cross section of users with new products such as the AP1.
Video Telematics Is Difficult to Implement.
In addition to cost effectiveness, SmartWitness designs products to be fast and easy to install. Installation of most SmartWitness solutions, including the AP1, is so easy that end users can do the installation themselves.
Video Telematics Is an Invasion Of Driver Privacy.
No one’s watching you constantly through that driver-facing camera. In fact, cab footage is viewed only when an event occurs, and only in the seconds immediately before, during and after. All other video is overwritten.
Find out for yourself.
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