What is video telematics?
A video telematics system in simple terms is a system that works by utilizes a camera system integrated with a telematics system that offers real-time vehicle information and analytics. It offers more in-depth information regarding on-road vehicles by offering visual information along with statistics that can be very useful for transporters in several ways such as better transparency, live-feed, insurance, etc. A Video telematics system can also help transporters make their operation more efficient by fixing operational loopholes that can be made visible using a vehicle telematics system.
How does a video telematics system work?
A good vehicle telematics system includes a camera system that is compact, high-resolution, offers large storage capacity, and offers great value for money. Some high-quality telematics cameras offer multiple recording modes, embedded GPS or navigation systems, and are packed with other useful features like internal microphone, wifi connectivity, and feasibility for cellular internet connect preferably 4G. Based on the use, users can opt for the camera most fit for their use which includes, dashboard camera, road and driver-facing camera, or a multi-camera system offering holistic footage from the vehicle. Video telematics is integrated with the existing telematics system in the vehicle to offer video footage either static or in real-time. This data in addition to vehicular and driving-related data is captured, processed, and transmitted to the user for either one vehicle or the entire fleet which can be accessed through a telematics dashboard or software.
Limitations of a video telematics system
Perhaps the biggest limitation of video telematics systems is the automatic video capture capability which is quite low for a lot of available systems. Most video telematics systems are static and store the captured footage in the device rather than transmitting it to an online server where it is stored. Poor transmission capability of video telematics system can also result in storage getting exhausted often resulting in the video not being captured or available. Additionally, static video telematics systems also run the risk of getting damaged during accidents, and footage being lost defeats the whole purpose of installing the system. Thus, it is crucial to install a video telematics system that offers AI-driven automatic video capturing and seamless transmission to a cloud server making the data safe and available for use from anywhere.
Video telematics system offers capability in addition to the ones offered by telematics systems. Integrating your vehicle or fleet with a video telematics system offers users much-needed transparency and offers visual insight of fleet operations being conducted in real-time. Transporters and companies can reap several benefits by integrating their fleet with a video telematics system as it serves as a reliable eyewitness in case of minor collisions and accidents which are quite common particularly in the transportation sector. In addition to that, a video telematics system can also enhance insurance telematics for business owners with offering video footages, thus, making the process of claiming insurance in case of mishaps easier. Lastly, a video telematics system can serve as a great tool for training, improving safety standards, monitoring driver or fleet behaviour, and assisting the transporters in case of dispute or compensation with their clients.
Why is video telematics important?
They can be effectively utilised to track speed, route, and general driving behaviour in conjunction with vehicle tracking systems.
How does video telematics work?
In order to give you a complete picture of your fleets, video telematics integrates video data with vehicle telemetry data. The fleets are equipped with a variety of cameras, including driver-facing, road-facing, and cargo-facing ones. These cameras provide information to the cloud.