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Basic dashcams giving fleets ‘false sense of security’

Fleets deploying vehicle cameras should ensure they’re cloud-connected to ensure footage is correctly recorded.

(L-R) Mervyn O'Callaghan & Simon Murray, co-founders of ProVision
(L-R) Mervyn O’Callaghan & Simon Murray, co-founders of ProVision

So said vehicle camera and tracking provider ProVision as it warned that basic solutions, such as dashcams, were too unreliable, simplistic and lack necessary features for fleets.

Sales & marketing director and co-founder Simon Murray warned that basic camera systems can lull transport managers into a false sense of security, believing that vehicles journeys are being recorded, when in fact they might miss the crucial part of the incident by not covering all angles, or may not even be recording due to an unknown fault.

Instead the firm said a high-quality, connected, cloud-based system should be the major consideration for camera solutions, giving a full overview of the fleet, such as live viewing of vehicles that are being loaded or are parked. Such technology could also enable companies which need to monitor how staff carry out their work to complete compliance checks remotely and share the video with workers.

Murray continued: “Often, the customers who buy a simple, low-cost camera system come back to us within three to six months to replace all the units they bought, as they then understand the need for a commercial-spec, multi-camera system with remote connectivity. Getting the system right first time will save them wasted money, time and frustration in the long run, and reduces the risk of unnecessary losses or legal exposure.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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