Protecting Your Privacy When Surveillance Cameras Are a Fact of Life

Protecting Your Privacy – Dash Cams

The subject of protecting you privacy came up recently when we were advised of some inconsistency in how insurance companies feel about in-cab facing vehicle camera data. In the past it was encouraged to have in cab facing cameras to document driver behavior. For instance, if a driver was accused of using their cell phone, the camera data would confirm or disprove that, avoiding lengthy and costly litigation.

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Some insurance companies are now saying that as a matter of protecting your privacy and the privacy of your drivers, they want clients to have only forward facing cameras. They say simply disabling the interior facing camera on a dual camera system can be construed as having something to hide, so they are asking clients to replace dashcams capable of an interior view.

Government and Industry Perspectives

As early as 2014, an article on Truckers Report was posted saying, “The California Attorney General has stated that the use of driver-facing in cab cameras does not violate any state codes, and may be used to take disciplinary action against drivers. There are a few factors stipulating when and how the video may be used, but the decision makes it clear that – in California at least – a driver-facing camera is not considered an invasion of privacy.”

Trucking Truth, another respected industry website has a great post that lists Trucking companies that do and don’t use driver facing cameras. Their post is designed to help drivers understand why these companies have in cab facing cameras, and have a list they can reference when seeking work, so they know what to expect.

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We have long held that a company policy needs to be in place to disclose that cameras are in place and how the video data will be used. A quick Google search brought up a couple of well-crafted video policy documents you may want to mirror to create your own policy document for employees to sign off on.

Dash Camera Policy & Procedures : Riverside Contracting, Inc.

442.17 In-Car Camera Policy | Saint Paul Minnesota (

Protecting Your Privacy – Surveillance Cameras

While arguments both for and against in cab video can be easily made, it got us thinking about privacy in general and all the cameras out there recording our lives. Cameras at intersections are recording us as we drive. Cameras on people’s homes are recording us as we walk our dogs. Cameras in retail stores are recording our shopping habits, and the list goes on.

Protecting your privacy considering all the other cameras out there may not be as easy.  Consider Google Street View. For years, Google has been capturing images street by street business by business to enhance street view. In some locations you can navigate the images and virtually enter the place of business and look around.

If your car is parked in your driveway when Google captures the image, your license plate number may be in plain view. If your children are playing in the yard, their faces are now public information. And if burglars have targeted your property, they can look in street view for the location of security cameras on your home and plan their safest point of entry.

Thankfully, Google provides a way for you to request that information be blurred in their images. Here is a quick how-to video to get you started protecting your privacy in Google Street View.

Summing it Up

Protecting your privacy is an ever-evolving process. We all need to be mindful that we are almost always being observed when we are out and about, and take the steps that we can to mitigate any negative impact.

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Setting Fleet Goals in 2022

Start the New Year by Setting Fleet Goals to Improve 3 Things

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Setting fleet goals is the best way to start off the new year. So, Happy New Year to all our fleet owners and managers! Whether your goals are sales, service or office oriented, it is important to set yourself up for success in 2022. In today’s blog, we will focus on 3 top goals that are trending in fleet management and how can we help you achieve these goals.

1. Adoption of EV

setting goals for EV adoption

With an increase in tighter emissions regulations, electric vehicle (EV) sales skyrocketed in 2021. This being said, it is only a matter of time before more fleets begin using electric cars and trucks, in fact many already have started the adoption process. Fleetistics can help you evaluate your fleet for EV suitability.

If you are setting fleet goals for EV adoption, there are two major concerns for fleet management:

Cost of phasing out gasoline vehicles and the price of EVs.

The biggest concern is the cost involved with switching to EV. Most experts forecast that EVs will be competitively priced with gasoline vehicles in the next few years. Although there will still be an upfront cost in charging infrastructure, the amount of money saved on fuel will eventually make up for it. According to AAA, in January of 2021, national fuel prices averaged $3.03 per gallon for gas and $3.59 for diesel. Meanwhile, the national average of electricity was just $0.14 kWh. These kinds of savings add up very quickly.

Range Anxiety

The definition of range anxiety is “worry on the part of a person driving an electric car that the battery will run out of power before the destination, or a suitable charging point is reached”. This is a very valid worry however the mileage an EV can drive in a given period of time is also increasing with new technology. In your MyFleetistics accounts under the Resources menu, there is a link a map of charging stations in your area. 

There are many apps available for drivers to have available to find the nearest charging stations and based on the miles per day they drive are very suited for EVs. We have tools in place, such as our EV Suitability Assessment (EVSA) that are free in conjunction with our telematics software solutions that can analyze your fleet in the environment they drive in daily. We take a look the types of EVs a company is looking to purchase, and based on their current activity the tool will recommend which vehicles would be candidates and which may not be at this time.


2. Adoption of Digital Key Technology

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Some of you may be setting fleet goals to implement a better way to control and manage access to your vehicles.  There have been many requests over the last few years, as the variety of applications for telematics has expanded. High on that request list is remote vehicle access and management solutions. Especially with the ongoing COVID pandemic, our customers need more advanced ways to control and manage keys. This is especially true in the public car sharing sector as well as corporate and government motor pooling.

The good news is that this technology is available and can easily be added to some telematics platforms making the adoption seamless.

3. Improved Performance Monitoring with DashCams

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If you are not setting fleet goals to implement DashCams, you may want to reconsider. Dash-cams are not a new technology in the fleet space, but there have been a lot of enhanced features developed over the last year.

Paying full attention behind the wheel is critical for drivers, from the moment a vehicle is started. Normally good drivers can become dangerous “distracted drivers” if they use a phone, eat, drink or smoke, even in a parking lot. Distracted driving cameras use artificial intelligence (AI) to detect this behavior and have some built in algorithms to fuse out anomalies.

DashCams can help companies combat risky driving. They work with rules that are already in place using speed and accelerometer data to improve driving behavior. We always tell our clients that our goal is for “every driver comes home safely every night”.

Fleetistics offers the most affordable dashcam on the market at just $19.95 for in/out cameras.

Pilot to Understand the Return Your on Investment

Setting fleet goals is only step one. Understanding how to best implement technology to achieve those goals requires careful planning. Fleetistics offers a pilot program we call our Solution Evaluation Process. It allows our customers to “try before they buy” and get unique implementation and training throughout the process.

We take the time to understand what every client that participates operation looks like and what their top goals to achieve success. In some cases we assist with setting these goals. We then run a pilot phase to get before and after data to analyze and show proof of worth and the value this technology can bring to your fleet. The goal for us is that the client is getting the maximized savings based on their needs, training and everything else they need to set them up for success by the end of the process.

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Fleet Dashcams In Tampa

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Fleet dashcams are an essential part of fleet management. Fleetistics has been offering fleet dashcams in Tampa and Florida since they came out. Dashcams can be used to reduce insurance premiums and are sometimes needed to avoid being put out of business due to high accident rates. 

Some companies use fleet dashcams for training and to avoid accidents, others use it to simply make the insurance company happy. Fleet managers wanting to get ahead of fleet safety issues will want fleet dashcams with AI or artificial intelligence. AI identifies driving behaviors that may be unsafe so fleet managers do not have to view hours of video to spot unwanted driving behavior. Fleetistics offers several fleet dashcams ranging in price from basic and affordable, to advance AI technology.

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Fleetistics started in GPS vehicle tracking in 2001. As fleet management has evolved, Fleetistics has incorporated new technology such as telematics and dashcams. Fleet operators in Tampa have the advantage of being able to meet face to face to meet Fleetistics’ team members and to review progress. 

“False Positives” With Fleet Dashcam

One challenge with fleet dashcam AI is dealing with false positives. A false positive is when the AI incorrectly determines the driver is exhibiting unwanted behavior. False positives happen with all fleet dashcams but some have better AI than others. You can imagine how hard it is to determine if someone is scratching their head or holding a cell phone to their ear. 

False positives consume time and make using a fleet dashcam without AI less efficient. It takes time to develop AI and because it saves fleet managers time, it simply cost more. 

How To Address Video False Positives

Reducing the number of false positives is a challenge. AI is not perfect and people are unique. This makes it extremely difficult to for AI engineers to get 100% accuracy. In fact, there is not a fleet dashcam that is 100% accurate. To minimize the time needed to review the fleet video, fleet managers have a few options.

  • Outsource the video review. Third party companies can review your video for you and flag the videos which are true vehicle safety issues so you can only a address accurate videos.
  • Find a fleet dashcam that has a lower false positive rate.
  • Work with the drivers to reduce unwanted behavior by frequently addressing it and making it a priority.

If you are looking for fleet dashcams in Tampa, Florida or anywhere in the United States, contact Fleetistics to learn more. 

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Vehicle Cameras for Fleet Management

Vehicle cameras are becoming more and more popular as a fleet management tool.

Rosco vehicle cameraAs with any new tool, it takes time to understand the best ways to leverage camera use on your fleet vehicles. When selecting and setting up your vehicle camera system, managing consumption to avoid data overage needs to be considered. Ask yourself some questions when you begin.

What information will be most beneficial to you in video format?

How do you plan to use it?

Who will be responsible for reviewing it?

There are several different types of camera systems, designed for different purposes, and it is important to select the system that will record and deliver the specific type of video record you need. No longer are dashcams just a risk management measure to have a record in case of an accident. Forward-facing dashcams monitor the road and potential hazards in front of the vehicle. They can stand alone or be used with peripheral cameras.

Some systems also have an interior view of the cab to record what the driver is doing. Adding side, rear, and cargo area cameras can provide valuable information as well as security. Our camera systems integrate with the Geotab tracking platform for fuller functionality.

Automatic Event Recording

Vehicle cameras designed to record events are primarily used to document the conditions an event occurs. Events may be predefined by the camera system or you can define them yourself when integrated with your vehicle tracking system. Being selective about how many of your rules generate email notifications helps to limit unnecessary email overload. In the same way, be selective about the rules you choose to trigger video downloads to avoid data overage.

Speeding is a common rule that you may want to trigger a video download, but if you have several speed rules, choose carefully the one that triggers the video. A rule like 5 mph over the posted speed limit can trigger often and use up your data plan in a hurry. 

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Cameras with AI

Other vehicle camera systems use artificial intelligence to identify events. They can identify speeding, lane drift, following too closely, even road obstructions. Combined with a smartphone app, these systems give feedback to the driver to avoid potential hazards. With an in-cab view, cameras with AI can also identify and record cell phone use and smoking events.

 Live Feed

Some business models such as the Security industry may benefit from live feed capability from vehicle cameras. Supervisors can view live video to consult with and advise the field employee. Managers can view job site progress and several jobs without leaving the office. Live feeds need to be used responsibly. If you forget to turn off the feed and leave for lunch, extreme data overage is the likely result.

You can see examples of video from a variety of cameras as well as installation tips on our YouTube channel.

Monitor your Data Consumption

If your system offers a feature to monitor how much data you have used, check weekly to see that you are within your data plan limits. Becoming familiar with how much data you are using will allow you to get the most out of your vehicle camera system without incurring costly overages.

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In-Cab Video by Rosco Vision Systems

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In-Cab Video & Snapshots by Exception

Interior video, even at night, is readily available. The Rosco Vision System Dual Vision video camera can be operated as a fully integrated solution with the Geotab GPS tracking device or as a standalone system. The integrated solution utilizes the Geotab rules engine to trigger snapshots which are automatically uploaded to the cloud. Fleet managers have a variety of options from this commercial grade video safety system.


  1. Up to 3,000 hours of rolling video
  2. Forward-facing and in-cab video camera on the Dual-Vision camera
  3. Add an interior dome camera to monitor cargo
  4. Backup camera to reduce collisions
  5. Up to 8 exterior cameras
  6. Audio recording option
  7. Utilize with or without Geotab