An all-in-one system
Imagine a telematics system that not only allows you to check on where your vehicles are, but lets you watch the drivers in real time, to see the road ahead, and even check the cargo isn’t being interfered with.
This is AutoView AV Track, a new fleet management and tracking system that makes use of on-board cameras, Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and GPS. “It’s a convergence of everything in one,” says importer Grant Eveleigh, managing director of DLG International.
“And it’s not just about tracking, it includes geo-fencing, reporting mileage, road user charges reminders – all the things a fleet manager needs. And the system can handle an unlimited number of vehicles and can break fleets down into manageable vehicle/driver types or accounts,” says Grant.
The system uses a three-channel DVR, two cameras built in and an optional additional third camera. One is aimed into the cab of the vehicle and the other built in camera on the road in front. The third channel be utilised as Heavy Duty back-up camera with audio at the rear of the vehicle or a compact internal camera in the cargo hold for when the doors are left open, as often happens when the driver is loading and unloading.
The equipment is housed in a tamper-proof case with built-in GPS, and as well as constantly recording – two Micro SD memory cards of up to 128gB each can be used giving 256GB total internal storage or an external HDD can be used giving a significant amount recording time – also uses a pocket Wi-Fi or 3G/4G dongle for communication with the FMS server and to live stream video/ audio if required.
The system beams the data into a computer at the base office using its PC Manager software, and at any time the fleet manager can have a looksee at what’s happening, and where everyone is.
The system also incorporates an SOS panic button mounted on the DVR, as well as options for hidden buttons. This transmits directly to the FMS Server, alerting the system manager and enabling quick response even if the driver is incapacitated.
One feature we particularly liked was the “event snapshot” facility, which takes and uploads still shots of the vehicle surroundings and interior at pre-set intervals, as well as when an event, such as an accident, occurs. This can provide essential evidence to back up the video record, an incident report is easily created from the FMS server using the stored data and google maps for locational information.
The DVR also includes a G-force sensor which records when there’s an impact, as well as a built-in motion sensor which records if motion is detected when the AV Track has been put into “Park Mode”.
All information is sent in encryption video format to prevent hacking, and unauthorised access is prevented by passwords.
The PC Manager is able to convert images to JPEG for saving and printing out a driving report with a snapshot image. Location and driving information is also included, assisting with any post-event proceedings.
“Until now people have had the ability to track on one device and record on another, but they haven’t had the ability to see a live stream, with camera, DVR and tracking all in one device,” said Grant.
For more details, including costs, contact the team at DLG International 09 571 3375.