There are lots of important things to consider when buying vehicle cameras. The quality of the cameras, number and placement of the cameras on the vehicle, the type of DVR (i.e. SD Card or Hard Disk). But one decision trumps them all:
The wrong choice can leave you feeling like a bit of a muppet and could mean the difference between winning and losing a claim.
Imagine any of these scenarios...
These are just two of a number of scenarios where a Cloud-Connected Solution can save your bacon. If you’d like to see the many other reasons have a read of our article: 6 Reasons To Buy Connected Vehicle Camera Systems.
This article will look specifically at your options and how they help in the two specific scenarios above.
Typically, this will be a single dashcam type system, but we have seen multi-camera systems wired into ‘dumb’ DVRs. These systems are completely standalone, and as such the only way to gain access to the footage is to physically remove the media (SD Cards or Hard Disk) and plug it ion to your PC. You then need to use special software to find the section of video you want and then export it. Can anyone say HASSLE???
But because it’s not a connected system, when it comes to the two scenarios above, you are out of luck and must hope you can get access to the vehicle, or bring it back to base at some point, to download the footage. If it’s impounded, good luck with that. If it’s stopped somewhere it’s not meant to be, you won’t know what happened until the vehicle comes back, if it ever does. Even then, most thieves will simply rip out any cameras, so you’ll never get the footage.
If you thought buying vehicle cameras/CCTV was going to be easy, think again! One of the red herrings in our industry is companies selling ‘connected systems’ which are OK for 1 to 3 vehicles in a business, but not at all fit for purpose in a proper fleet environment.
These systems are indeed remote accessible. In other words, you can connect to them and remotely download the footage, but they are not connected to a cloud-based system, and that introduces one major flaw…
You need to login and logout to each system individually. That’s OK if you have a couple of vehicles in your fleet. But 5 to 10 and it becomes troublesome. Anything over 10 to 15 and it becomes completely unmanageable. Worse still there are ‘multi-camera’ systems that have no central DVR. In these systems you have to login to each camera individually!
So, while you are faffing, trying to find which vehicle or camera to connect to, the device could be turned off, (read up about delayed switch off and continuous recording, which ProVision cameras support). Now you’re back to a non-connected system because you can’t access the camera, as it has no power!
Granted, these systems are at the low-end of the price scale. But it is precisely this cost differential added with confusing and misleading promotional messaging, that induces some fleet managers to make a bad, and sometimes critical, decision.
ProVision Vehicle Camera systems are fully cloud-connected. So what’s the difference?
As you might have guessed already, ProVision provides systems that are fully cloud-connected and deliver all the key features a fleet manager/owner needs to enjoy maximum protection for their fleet.
Here is a demo video showing our cloud platform. As well as the remote video usage, this video also shows how our system can be used for vehicle tracking.