SmartWitness – Video Telematics

It goes without saying that vehicles come a close second to property in being the most expensive purchases an individual or business will make, so we should invest in protecting them.  Protection of our vehicles, and ourselves, is becoming increasingly necessary although largely ignored, until recently.

 

The SmartWitness Solution

SmartWitness were the pioneers in creating the first commercial grade dash camera and are now recognized by Industry authorities as being the “partner of strength” in the field of in-vehicle CCTV and digital recording. SmartWitness have been providing in-vehicle cameras to fleet operators and private individuals since 2007. Today, SmartWitness are responsible for the protection of over 250,000 vehicles around the world covering in excess of 35 million miles every day.

 

Competitive Benefits

With products available for all types of vehicles, ranging from trucks, school buses and cars, the installation of a SmartWitness system offers Fleet Managers:

  • Proven Reduction of Accident Frequency
  • Proven Reduction to Loss Ratios
  • Improved Driving Behavior, Increased Fuel Economy
  • Defend Against Driving Offense Allegations
  • Mitigation of Whiplash/Personal Injury Claims
  • Added Security & Theft Deterrent
  • Increased Speed of Claim Resolution
  • Possible Reduction in Insurance Premiums

Award Winning

SmartWitness is a world leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of in-vehicle cameras, recorders, and software, and here are a few reasons why:

  • HD Evidence Captured – High-Definition cameras capture crystal clear images of the interior & exterior the vehicle.
  • GPS Location Recorded – Built-in GPS provides vehicle location, driving route, vehicle speed, & heading information.
  • Network Connected – Cellular connectivity provides real-time images, live location, and on-demand HD video upload.
  • Event & Driver Analysis – Detailed telemetry data enables accurate scoring for driver coaching purposes and reducing claims.

 

Business, Fleet and Driver Protection

SmartWitness keeps an eye and ear on valuable assets – the driver, the vehicle and the cargo.  It does this whilst also recording crucial evidence from any road events. SmartWitness benefits all parties involved in road accidents – Drivers, Insurers and Employers.

SmartWitness doesn’t just rely on design and software to produce accurate results, technology is sourced from industry leaders such as Bosch and Sony.

SmartWitness systems are designed to be automated and tamper-resistant. Recorded data is protected by the vehicle integration technology & securely locked hardware and therefore maintains integrity and is at low risk of theft or manipulation.

 

Testimonial

“The SmartWitness camera has been nothing short of outstanding for our business. We finally have a reliable and affordable camera system, in our fleet of almost 100 vehicles, that we use regularly for quality control purposes. I am also very impressed with the variety of options available in these systems. From their sales team, to the finished product and customer support, every aspect of this company has been outstanding and a pleasure to work with.”

 Joseph Manganelli,
Advantage Transit Group

 

If you would like further information on this product or would like to arrange a demonstration, please contact us.

Handsfree Group offer safety solution for transporters of Moffetts

Maneuvering with Moffetts Onboard

If you’re a driver of a truck transporting a Moffett (truck-mounted forklift), you will already know the daily struggles – the main one being you need to reverse park your truck and then off-load your Moffett, safely… It’s challenging to see behind you from the driver’s cab, so how do you know if there is enough space?

The Moffett invention in the mid 1980’s was revolutionary and where would the distribution industry be without it?  30+ years later, vehicle technology has advanced massively and Handsfree Group are pleased to say there is a range of technology solutions available, that help in maneuvering and reversing with Moffetts onboard.

  

The Challenges

Safety is paramount in the world of distribution, transporting a Moffett safely requires great skill and concentration and can sometimes be extremely challenging.

Rear and side visibility are essential when maneuvering a truck and even more so when the truck is transporting a Moffett. Drivers face handling blind spots when doing so, hampering the operation of parking the truck whilst also leaving enough space to offload the Moffett safely.  

Without any technology to assist with this operation, the driver can waste valuable time by having to exit the truck cab to check the surroundings and then having to get back in the cab to finish their maneuver – and sometimes this can be necessary more than once.

 

The Solution

Handsfree Group’s award winning engineer team, which offers nationwide MECP compliant installation coverage across North America, are able to supply and fit a dedicated backup camera system to the Moffett itself, to reduce the challenge of blind spots to the rear of the truck. A system extension option of side cameras can be integrated into the same cab mounted monitor, for further improved visibility.  

The system includes a weatherproof quick disconnect allowing the driver to quickly and efficiently connect and disconnect the camera mounted on the Moffett to the monitor in the cab of the truck.  

By having this system installed, risk of accident and/or injury is mitigated immensely for the driver, the vehicle and any pedestrians within close proximity to the truck.

 

Contact Handsfree Group today and start the journey to improved Moffett transportation safety.

 

We’ll leave you with a little bit of Moffett History…

Moffett Engineering Limited started business in the 1940’s by developing products for the local agricultural market and in the mid 1980’s they created a revolution in the transport industry with the invention of the truck-mounted forklift, a three wheel drive machine that can be carried on almost any truck or trailer without the loss of load space, achieving significantly faster and more cost effective deliveries than ever.

The company became part of Cargotec in 2000 and today the truck-mounted forklifts are branded as Hiab Moffett and are the global market leader.

blank-it …Safety in Motion

Providing mobile workforces with access to technologies such as GPS and wireless broadband delivers ‘real-time’ efficiency and can give an edge over competitors.  Therefore, the installation of computers in vehicles is becoming increasingly common, however, this also brings responsibilities and challenges that must be addressed to satisfy legal requirements and to protect a business and its employees.

The Blank-it Solution

Blank-it provides an easy, safe and legally compliant way of managing in-vehicle computer displays and helps to reduce ‘driver distraction’ by acting as a “sentry”, preventing screen access when appropriate.

Designed to meet today’s strict regulations for computer installations in vehicles, Blank-it is the best solution for in-vehicle display management for a fleet of any size.

Blank-it helps to ensure vehicles comply with the ever-increasing levels of ‘driver distraction’ legislation and assists in improving employee health and safety.

Motion Sensor Technology

Once Blank-it is installed and activated, it will lock the screen display, preventing or restricting use of the computer whilst the vehicle is in motion. For ‘warehouse’ type situations (e.g. Forklift trucks) Blank-it’s cable solution is ideal. For use on the road, the unique Motion Sensor technology is perfect as it offers a more accurate, reliable and independent method of monitoring vehicle movement.

Competitive differentiators

  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Award winning Road Safety solution (Winners of the “2014 Australian Road Safety Innovation Award”)
  • Nominated apps
  • Passenger viewing option
  • Voice command option
  • Keyboard and mouse disabler
  • Privacy screen (Police requirement)
  • Temporary override (Police requirement)
  • Roll-over detection and notification
  • GPS failsafe and override (tamper-proof)
  • Not solely reliant on GPS signals
  • Does not affect the vehicle warranty

Revolutionary

Blank-it leads the world in ‘Display Management’ and here are a few reasons why:

Unique Technology:

  • Blank-it uses unique (patent pending) Motion Sensor technology to provide reliability, flexibility and portability in monitoring vehicle movement.

Access to ‘nominated’ programs:

  • Blank-it allows a configurable list of programs to be accessible (such as navigation aids, reversing camera displays or dispatch / scheduling systems).

Flexibility:

  • Blank-it is easily installed without requiring vehicle modifications and happily accommodates laptop mounting systems and ‘swing-away’ brackets.

Business, Fleet and Driver Protection

Blank-it enables the driver to create a list of ‘allowable’ programs whilst immobilising all other computer options when the vehicle is in motion.

By limiting the functionality of computers whilst the vehicle is moving, Blank-it helps reduce visual distractions, improving driver safety and potentially reducing costs associated with accidents.

The Blank-it distracted driver solution can help prepare a fleet for existing and future regulations relating to use of display equipment within commercial vehicles, and at the same time help to improve driver safety.

Blank-it is an easy to install, vehicle independent, self-contained and flexible solution to the problems associated with in-vehicle computer use and will help address distracted driver legislation.
If you would like further information on this product or would like to arrange a demonstration, please contact us.

ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Monitoring System

Handsfree Group To Install ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Monitoring System With Continental

Ensuring Driver Safety

Continental is committed to delivering the Lowest Overall Driving Cost for fleets while prioritizing the safety of their drivers. Continental’s performance-leading commercial vehicle tires and tire monitoring solutions help fleets become safer, more efficient and more connected.

Handsfree Group also shares the same values as Continental, viewing driver safety with the utmost importance. Handsfree Group always listens and acts accordingly to their customers’ needs. Their highly experienced staff and MECP-approved installers work hard to supply and install the best vehicle technology, ensuring optimum fleet safety.

With these two safety-aware companies having such similarities, it is no surprise they have come together to help with their shared goal of securing vehicle safety for all.

New Partnerships & MECP Approval

Both Continental and Handsfree Group are incredibly excited about their new collaboration and what this could mean for the transport industry.

Handsfree Group is the first certified installer appointed by Continental to fit their new ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Pressure Monitoring System into commercial vehicles and fleets.

All Handsfree Group installers have attained MECP certification, to give their customers the confidence that all work is completed by professionals who uphold the top industry standards.

The MECP program certifies technicians on the installation techniques, recommended practices and important functionality of automotive information technology, entertainment, navigation, safety and security systems.

This ensures all Handsfree Group installers are able to provide the optimum quality standards required in the professional installations ofContiPressureCheck™.

40% Of Incidents Due To Underinflated Tires

An under-inflated tire can cause serious issues. It can highly impact vehicle running costs through increased fuel consumption, costs of breakdowns and reduction in tread life. It also increases driver safety issues, such as poor vehicle handling, increased stopping distances and enhances many other risks for accidents.

Poor driving safety is directly linked to the condition of the tires. In fact, approximately 40% of all sudden tire breakdowns are due to underinflated tires. If your commercial vehicle tires are underinflated by 10 psi, it will reduce fuel economy by 1% and release a correspondingly higher amount of carbon dioxide emissions. This can be alleviated by installing and using ContiPressureCheck™.

Continental’s innovative system can lower carbon dioxide emissions, reduce fuel consumption and help eliminate this frequent cause of accidents by swiftly alerting the driver on any tire underinflation or high temperature issues that occur.

ContiPressureCheck Tire Monitoring System

ContiPressureCheck™ tire monitoring visualizes underinflation and can be customised to your precise needs. The system offers In Cab Features, Additional Receivers, Telematic Options, Back Office Support and Hand Held Tools for an easy to use experience.

An intelligent tire means an intelligent fleet. The system provides vehicles with a Continental driver’s display, which provides a bird’s eye view and also integrates with various third party Telematics System.

The system has been successfully installed into numerous vehicles, including trucks, vans, city buses, specialty vehicles and off road/construction trucks.

Improve Fleet Safety

You can enjoy the best tire and vehicle safety today. Handsfree Group is successfully installing Continental’s ContiPressureCheck™ Tire Pressure Monitoring System nationwide across North America. They offer excellent personalized services whether you are looking for single or fleet installations.

Contact Handsfree Group today and make a step towards ultimate driver and tire safety.