IoT News – 3 Useful Dash Cam Features That Improve Your Fleet Management Process
By Marc Kavinsky, Editor-in-Chief of IoT Business News.
Fleet management is not exactly an easy thing to do (even with the help of sophisticated tools)! While it is easier to create an optimal route, there is still a wide range of unpredictable factors that can change the course of events. And we all know that every bump in the road can result in delays and loss of money or customers.
Therefore, fleet managers and owners use modern technologies to monitor and guide their vehicles as they navigate the roads.
One of these devices is the dash cam (or dash cam) for commercial vehicles. The right kind of dash cam can provide video evidence in the event of an accident, but it can also be used to empower drivers and improve the overall safety of your business.
However, it can be a bit difficult to select the right kind of camera if you don’t know the features that make them so essential for fleet owners. To fix this, we’ll discuss the top three features business owners love in modern dash cameras.
# 1: viewing angle and storage
The main purpose of a dash cam is to record any traffic incident. In this way, the images can be used as evidence in an insurance claim or even a police investigation. Hence, you have several options like front, double-sided or 360 degree camera.
Furthermore, truck dash cameras have many differences regarding features and capabilities. The offering ranges from basic devices with local storage and night vision to WiFi-enabled dash cameras for trucks that constantly stay in touch with a central database. There are also devices that can use GPS and Google Maps to record the precise location of the incident and send the data to the manager.
So if your vehicles aren’t too big and manageable, a front-facing dash camera may be enough. Larger vehicles can use a double-sided camera, while trucks that don’t have back-up reinforcements can use an all-around multi-view camera.
# 2: real-time tracking
Some dash cam devices come with advanced GPS modules that record the location of your vehicles and help you track them in real time. Plus, if they are integrated with a software tracking system, it is easy to predict when the truck will arrive at its destination and send alerts if there is a delay.
This way the customer will know when to expect the shipment and how to adjust their schedule in the event of unforeseen delays. Plus, you can use GPS and logs to monitor how your drivers use company vehicles.
Of course, these systems are only effective at tracking the vehicle, but if you are also looking for something to monitor the shipment, it is best to use a inventory tag device. These are included with the shipment and can provide useful data on the location and direction of the goods.
# 3: help the driver
Smart dash cameras can recognize when the driver is not focused on the road (driving and using the phone, for example) and issue a warning to let them know that behavior is not acceptable. They can also issue warnings if the truck is too close to the vehicle in front or if the driver has missed a stop sign.
Every warning is logged, so you can use the data to identify reckless drivers and take preventative action.
As you can see, smart dash cameras are a very useful tool for fleet managers and drivers. And, as technology becomes more affordable and smarter, we should see a decrease in accidents and other traffic incidents involving trucks.