VisionTrack has launched a new 3G vehicle camera that is capable of transmitting footage using extremely low amounts of data.
The VT2000 is equipped with built-in 3G, GPS and GLONASS for improved accuracy.
It streams footage using advanced technology that reduces the amount of data needed to send snapshot video, meaning a ten-second clip can be transferred in under 350kb, reducing the cost of data transfer. Fleet managers therefore benefit from increased volumes of driving footage, not only aiding proactive driver monitoring and training programmes but also giving faster access to vital video and telemetry data in the event of an incident.
Simon Marsh, VisionTrack’s managing director, said: “3G cameras are not new, but because of the size of the video files, which in some cases can be as large as 12,000kB for a ten-second clip, transmitting and storing footage has up to now been cost prohibitive for mass deployment. In the event of an incident, fleet managers receive First Notification of Loss (FNOL) through our camera, with a ten-second 350kB snapshot clip sent in as little as five seconds, and have the option to instantly request full HD footage to give them complete visibility of the event.
"Furthermore, the camera will stay live for five minutes, even with the ignition off, in order to protect against claims from ‘ghost passengers’. If needed, this can be remotely streamed back to our platform. This enables fleet managers to quickly access information for peace of mind and helps protect themselves and their employees against exaggerated and fraudulent claims.”
He added: “A quality clip recorded on our VT2000 camera can be sent and uploaded to our platform in seconds, even in areas where 3G network coverage is poor, because it transmits smaller files. Such footage can usually only be sent in larger files, which can take considerably longer to upload in weak signal areas – if it uploads at all – and requires larger amounts of potentially costly data.”
Alongside its recording and transmission capabilities, the VT2000 platform generates reports on vehicle location, speed, impact force and driving styles, allowing fleet managers to monitor drivers at all times. Drivers can be additionally supported through the camera’s real-time audible notifications, warning of speeding and erratic behaviours, allowing them to alter performance and encouraging safer driving.