Winning Fleet Dashcam Technology – A Few Things to Consider When Investing

Submitted by Kim Spring, Fleetistics Business Analyst

Choosing the right commercial fleet dashcam technology today can be as hard as ordering off the 15-page menu at The Cheesecake Factory. There are many vendors that offer a plethora of options to choose from. Instead of focusing on brands of dashcams, in today’s blog, we will discuss some of the different features and benefits of different fleet dashcam technology to help guide you to choose the best dashcam for your fleet needs.

Fleet Dashcam “Must Have” List

The first step in determining what dashcam technology will work best for your fleet is to weed through the “must haves” and “don’t need” items. We recommend that the personnel involved in selecting the technology get together and determine the top 3-4 features that are going to maximize productivity and profitability with fleet dashcams. Some examples are front/forward facing cameras, AI technology, and safety vs. Insurance features. Having too many “must haves” may make it impossible to move forward. If you start with too many requested features, there may be no single solution that fits the mold. Once the “must haves” have been determined, it is also good to have a few “wants” or “would like to have” items so that as your organization grows, you know the fleet dashcam technology can continue to grow with you. This is an investment and the dashcams should continue to meet your ever-expanding company needs. We recommend this two-step process to our clients, and it is one of the reasons that Fleetistics offers a variety of options. One size does not fit all.

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Your Goals For Fleet Dashcam Technology

Understanding what your goals are will help guide your organization toward the closest fit fleet dashcams available in today’s market. There are four traditional types of cameras:

  • Forward-Facing – Mounted on the windshield. Designed to capture collisions.
  • Dual-Facing – Mounted on the windshield. Designed to capture collisions as well as in-cab activity.
  • Exterior – Mounted on the exterior of the vehicles to capture a 360º view of the surrounding road.
  • Interior – Typically mounted in various places inside the vehicle or trailer to keep passengers or cargo safe and secure.

Once you understand these basics of fleet dashcam technology, there are additional features available and things to consider from a benefits perspective. If your organization is simply looking for dashcams for insurance purposes then a simple dual-facing camera would work without the bells and whistles. If the objective is safety, then a more robust solution that includes features such as AI (artificial intelligence) technology to pinpoint coachable behavior like cell phone usage, falling asleep at the wheel, and other distracted driving would be more appropriate. Back-up cameras are available with some systems as well.

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Additional Considerations

Other considerations to consider are as follows:

  • Installation – How difficult will the installation be? Do we have capable staff members or should we hire an expert installation technician (recommended)?
  • Storage needed – Some solutions (but not all) pool data meaning if one vehicle goes over but another is under, you would not go over the total data plan. Other solutions have set data plans per camera and may incur overage charges.
  • Reports – What type of reporting is expected from the solution? Many solutions offer event reporting based on programmed rules.
  • Integration – Is there an API available to use the camera data in other systems you use?

Investing For Maximum ROI

Finally, it is also important to consider the investment. Dashcam data typically ranges from a low end of $13.00 per month to as high as $50 or more per month (per vehicle). That does not include the dashcam hardware cost. There are some SaaS models available that have a lower initial investment and build the hardware price into the monthly cost per vehicle. Fleetistics recently introduced the first ever Pay-as-You-Go plan. This offers the same functionality as our standard plan without automatic uploads at a very low monthly base rate + cost per MB used. This is a great option for organizations new to cameras that aren’t sure how much data they will use, and don’t plan to look at the camera data unless it is needed like in the event of a collision. It allows you to pay only for the data you actually use.

No matter what the needs of your organization may be, there is fleet dashcam technology out there to meet your needs. Again no one size fits all, so it’s important to weigh the options and make an educated decision. We encourage our clients to utilize the tools provided and we are always here to help guide you in the best direction. For more information, please contact us at 877-467-0326 or www.fleetistics.com.
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How Can Tracking Equipment Save You Money?

Tracking equipment is an often overlooked segment of a total asset tracking and management program. It can be a massive task that can take hours, if not days. You may be familiar with the frustration of searching for lost equipment. Like most people, you don’t like doing it.  

But we have good news! 

The best way to monitor your assets has changed over the years. If you are still using pen and paper or software spreadsheets to manage your equipment, it’s time to modernize your approach. You may think the old ways work, but you’re losing money and time while the competition sweeps you off your feet.

If you want to discover how you can save money by tracking equipment with GPS and telematics software, then you’re in the right place.

Time is Money

Equipment tracking makes it easy to monitor your property and helps you get the most out of them. Your business can benefit greatly from an asset management solution like Fleetistics Asset Tracking because it helps your team watch a wide range of assets in real-time. That piece of equipment might be as close as a few miles away or as far away as several states. 

Finding missing equipment the old way takes too long, and those moments could be spent doing important tasks. Instead of wasting time calling around and doing the legwork to track down your equipment, when you use GPS tracking and telematics systems, all you need to do is check your dashboard and view its current GPS location.

The hours you save by immediately finding your assets make your team more productive. After all, the less time your assets float in limbo, the more they will be used to get another job done. 

With live data and analysis, tracking equipment is easy!

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Keeping Better Records

Many businesses struggle to keep accurate records, and one human error can cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. 

But with equipment tracking software, you can save revenue by keeping perfect records. The information you collect will help you to run your fleet better. 

Managing a fleet demands meticulous record-keeping, including:  

  • What equipment you own
  • Financial Investment
  • Age
  • Total use
  • Mileage
  • Operating time
  • What’s been rented out
  • Who is responsible for the asset
  • Maintenance scheduling & performance
  • Damages
  • Repairs
  • Location
  • Destination

Now you don’t have to continue tracking equipment through long logs and piles of data. Keeping track of your assets and those changes is easier with the aid of GPS tracking and telematics systems. This data may be used to improve productivity and maintenance by calculating only what matters to you.

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Prevent Loss and Theft with Tracking Equipment

Equipment tracking software can offer huge savings by lowering the risk of loss. The National Equipment Register (NER) estimates that construction equipment thefts are worth $300 million to $1 billion annually. Replacing expensive equipment can take an enormous toll on your yearly ROI. 

However, with a GPS tracker, you always know where your assets are. And when you use telematics software, all of your assets are always accessible. 

Using equipment tracking technology helps fleet managers have more control and awareness of how their assets are being used. 

Take, for instance, geofencing – you may designate certain zones where your equipment should be allowed, and the system sends notifications when those borders are crossed. This lets fleet managers know exactly where their equipment was and when, as well as where it is right now. 

This precise monitoring significantly decreases the chance of loss or theft.

Equipment Tracking in Tampa Bay with Fleetistics Solutions

Using advanced technology from Fleetistics to keep track of your assets is a priceless tool that can make your company more efficient and profitable. Tracking equipment using GPS tracking and telematics software guarantees that you are always up-to-date on what is going on and have complete control over the usage of all of your equipment.  

With that kind of power in your hands, you not only have full authority over your equipment but even more control over where your money is going. Speak to a friendly representative at Fleetists today to discuss what solutions are best for your business.

 

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