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.

Peak Hire Vehicles Require Temporary Charging Cradles

Handsfree Group supply D.I.Y fit portable charging cradles and mounting plates to cover peak delivery season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Yes, you’ve got it, Christmas.  It is also one of the busiest times of the year for one of Handsfree Group’s most prestigious and valued customers. Being one of the UK’s leading delivery companies, Christmas is their peak season.  In order to meet customer demand, they employ thousands of peak delivery drivers UK wide, hire vehicles for each of those drivers and provide essential equipment to enable the drivers to make the deliveries efficiently, successfully and most importantly, in time for Christmas.  

Handheld PDA

The essential equipment is, of course, the handheld PDA.  Then the question arises – how to keep those PDA’s charged and secure without installing a permanent cradle?  

Therefore, due to the vehicles being on hire, the need for 1500+ temporary charging cradles arose. The main requirement was that the cradles could be easily installed by the customer.  

The TECh

Handsfree Group’s solution was the TECh CN70 Charging Cradle and Zirkona windscreen suction mount.  

TECh CN70 Charging Cradle

A durable charging and securing solution for the drivers’ handheld PDA’s – the most important tool of the job. The CN70 charging cradle, designed and manufactured by TECh, was the ideal choice.  

The CN70 cradle boasts LED Power Indicator, so the driver is assured their PDA is charging, an internal voltage clamp which prevents over-voltage to the device and an internal voltage regulator which ensures consistent output voltages.

Each CN70 mounting screw fastens into a precision brass bolt and is fixed during injection moulding for maximum strength. The six locating bolts mount to the supplied backplate which then attaches securely to a steel chassis for a rigid and accurate fit.

A locating ’pin’ ensures the device cannot be inserted incorrectly and multiple security bolts provide added strength. The CN70 internal auto-reset switch prevents any risk of a short-circuit across pins and the tamper-proof screws, with anti-vibrate and shake-proof washers, ensure the device remains secure when the vehicle is in motion.

Zirkona Windscreen Suction Mount with Diamond Mounting Plate

Fulfilling the main requirement of a self-fit cradle, the Diamond Mounting Plate is simply fitted to the vehicle using a suction cup which attaches to the vehicle’s windscreen.

The CN70 charging cradle is securely fixed to the Diamond Mounting bracket using the backplate supplied with the cradle.

To discuss these products or any other requirements please contact us and speak to our expert team.

Handsfree Group extensively upgrade vehicles for one of their valued customers

One Stop Shop

A valued and prestigious customer of Handsfree Group took delivery of 100 brand new Mercedes Sprinter vans, all on the same day, and they looked no further than the Handsfree Group’s Install Division when deciding how to kit them out with the necessary technology to run their new fleet.  

The install requirements were extensive, as they needed to ensure their fleet was efficient and safe so it made perfect sense for the Handsfree Group’s TECh team to supply the technology and the Install Hub to undertake the work.

Install Hub

Handsfree Group’s Install Division comprises of FITAS Accredited Engineers, Sales, Projects, Parts, Logistics and Customer Services staff, all working together to provide the best possible service.

Install Hub is Handsfree Groups 10,000ft² specialist vehicle conversion workshop in York, which enables quality offsite installations and full vehicle conversion fit outs for their clients.

Handsfree Groups dynamic Install division were able to complete the installations on all 100 Mercedes Sprinter vans, through Install Hub in record time.

TECh Technology

Each of the 100 vehicles were fitted with the following:

Electronic Cargo Lock

Ensuring the safety of the freight, the Electronic Cargo Lock eliminates the risk of freight theft by electronically deadlocking the doors upon closing which can only then be opened using an electronic key.  The electronic key is a quick and convenient way for the driver to access the vehicle.

TECh PT5 Cab phone

The PT5 is fixed to and powered by the vehicle which eliminates the need to use a mobile phone whilst driving and will never suffer that inconvenient flat battery, get lost, damaged due to being dropped, or left behind.  It also gives peace of mind to the driver by having safe access to emergency services at their fingertips.

Reverse Bleep

A white sound reversing bleeper is a must to the customer, ensuring the safety of the public by alerting them to the vehicle slow-speed movement.

Doppler Radar Reversing Sensor

This was the best option due to the stealthy installation and lack of physical sensors, eliminating the risk of damage to a traditional sensor while loading and unloading the van and from excessive jet washing, keeping the fleet gleaming with pride.  

Reverse Brake Light Camera System

Using a brake light mounted camera gives a more factory fitted appearance and mounts the camera up high, giving the optimal view to the rear of the vehicle which not only protects the rear of the vehicle and objects in the biggest blind spot of a van/commercial vehicle, but also provides the perfect view for reversing into a busy loading bay.

TECh CN70 Charging Cradle

The customer also required a solution for their drivers’ handheld PDA’s – the most important tool of the job, containing all the information for the day ahead. The biggest issue with a portable device is battery life so a dash fitted docking station is the best way to keep the device charged and secure whilst the vehicle is in motion.  The installation of the cradle also reduced unnecessary and unsightly cables and chargers all over the dash and cab whilst also keeping it in reach of the driver. Having it dash mounted also removes the need to have another device stuck to the windscreen, therefore improving the driver’s view and keeping driver and public safety as the first priority.

If this sounds like the type of install your business needs then why not contact Handsfree Group now to discuss your requirements?

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Installhub, the UK’s specialist vehicle conversion workshop.

A Significant Investment.

Due to continued growth and our commitment to deliver projects nationwide within the transport, logistics and emergency services sectors, Handsfree Group are delighted to announce the opening of our new Installhub facility within the York area.

The 10’000 sq ft ‘Service Centre’ has a total capacity to handle over 2,000 specialist vehicle conversions per year, and is Handsfree Group’s biggest workshop site to date.

Convenience & Efficiency.  

Installhub’s primary role is providing specialist conversion and installation services to Handsfree Group’s impressive portfolio of transport, logistics and emergency service clients. Opened last year it has successfully completed thousands of vehicle conversions and installations.

The ‘Hub’ allows the team to turn around fleet installations, pre-delivery vehicle fit outs and specialist conversions all in one state-of-the-art facility, which significantly reduces vehicle downtime for clients.

Market Leading Expertise.

Installhub is home to a highly skilled project management team, that handle and oversee every aspect from planning and scheduling, through to vehicle installation, commissioning and testing.

Handsfree Group’s on-site Vehicle Integration Specialists design technical manuals to facilitate each ‘Hub’ installation, and are available throughout a project’s duration to ensure a swift and successful completion, first time.

Installhub also has an expert ‘on-site’ team of Handsfree Group engineers, who are all trained to FCS1362 and FITAS industry standard’s, Given their deep experience they know, precisely, how to tailor and install vehicle communication, safety and security solutions on a case-by-case basis for transport, logistics and emergency service clients.

Continued Growth.

“The opening of Installhub will allow Handsfree Group to provide exceptional service to our customers and will strengthen current and future project’s across the UK,” said Chris Baines, Sales Director of Handsfree Group. “The decision to establish a strong presence in a specialist vehicle installation facility builds upon our strategic plan for continued growth and development across the UK.”