DASH CAM TECHNOLOGY
WHAT IS A DASH CAM?
At its simplest, a dash cam is a camera which sits on the dashboard of a vehicle and records what is happening in front of the car when the ignition is turned on. Dash cam technology has advanced to the point where cameras can be mounted on the windshield and other, varied places in and around the vehicle. WHG Technologies uses a system of connected cameras linked to an onboard monitor which allows for the footage from each camera to be viewed in real-time. Some systems are hardwired to activate only when the vehicle is involved in an impact, (such as a crash or collision) even if it is not currently powered, ensuring that an incident occurring while the driver is away would still be recorded.
WHAT IS A WIRELESS DASH CAM?
There is no such thing as a completely wireless dash cam as it is not practical in terms of keeping the device charged. This means that most dash cams are connected to the vehicle in order to draw power from the engine either via the OBD port or the 12V cigarette adaptor. Dash cameras do have some battery capacity, but this serves as a back-up for a short time after the ignition has been turned off and power to the camera is lost. These batteries are typically very small and only have a few minutes charge stored.
DASH CAMERAS WITH SD CARDS
When companies refer to a “wireless dash camera,” they’re generally talking about the storage of the recordings and whether these are transmitted and stored wirelessly. These days, many dash cameras still rely on an SD card onto which the video is recorded. SD cards in dash cams can typically store up to five hours of footage and then this will be recorded over once space runs out. In order for the footage to be stored indefinitely, the SD card would need to be removed from the device and the video downloaded onto a computer. It is also worth noting that SD cards do not last forever and need to be formatted on a computer occasionally and eventually replaced.
WI-FI DASH CAMS
Wi-Fi dash cameras generally refer to cameras which transmit their footage for storage via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, thus eliminating the need for downloads from SD Cards, or the loss of any information.
One of these is super-fast 4G data transfer, which means data storage without an SD card. The footage from the WHG Vehicle Guard Multi Camera DVR is transmitted via 4G and Bluetooth and stored on our servers immediately ensuring that all footage is available on request at any time. WHG Vehicle Guard Cameras record in full 1080p, providing the best possible images in the event of an incident. All footage is recorded centrally and automatically uploaded on a High Event (FNOL) or when requested through our intuitive reporting suite.
DASH CAMERAS AND FLEET MANAGEMENT
Managing a large fleet is time intensive and there may not be the opportunity to review all the alerts received. The WHG Vehicle Guard Multi Camera DVR includes 24/7 monitoring by a team of specialists who will flag serious incidents as they occur, thereby saving fleet managers valuable time and resources. As all footage is recorded and stored, any portion of recording can be requested for review at any time. The system allows for FNOL instant alerting, remote configuration, 24-hour event monitoring, camera health check, track and trace, speed mapping overlay and over speeding alerts, real-time reporting, advanced video analysis algorithms, and SD card-free data storage.
Automated email alerts with click-to-view video function are sent for all incidents and a full history and video is available on request. Fleet managers have 24/7 access to a personalised, comprehensive video telematics dashboard which is accessible from any device any time.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO RUN AN EFFECTIVE DASH CAMERA SYSTEM?
WHG Technologies' video telematics system is available as a fully managed solution: this includes monitoring, sim card, and all data and communications. The system includes automated email alerts with click-to-view video function, full history and video available on request, and a comprehensive video telematics dashboard.
Other elements to consider are super wide-angle lenses, tamper-proof mounts, the size of the camera and mounts, and operating temperatures. WHG Technologies’ cameras have super wide HD lenses, tamper-proof universal mounts, lightweight and compact designs, and high operating temperatures.
HOW MANY CAMERAS CAN RUN ON ONE VEHICLE?
The WHG Vehicle Guard Multi Camera DVR is scalable up to five cameras, and using the external hub, a further two standard four pin connection cameras can be added, providing an infinite range of flexible solutions to fit your exact requirements. By adding a monitor, the system transforms into an industry accredited solution providing blind spot and reversing assistance to drivers.
Exterior dash cams can also alert managers to incorrect implementation of established safety procedures when handling equipment. Exterior or forward-facing cameras record the activity around the vehicle and associated equipment and can be used to monitor safety protocols. This type of camera application is particularly useful for industries where equipment and procedures must be used with caution.
INTEGRATED DASH CAMS
Dash cams form only one piece of efficient fleet management. Our vehicle tracking, fleet management and fatigue management products give you innovative tools and data insights to run a modern fleet.
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