Electric Vehicles, We Have Always Been Ready

EV’s

The electric vehicle market is experiencing record sales. The list of EV manufacturers is growing and the future of the automobile is looking to be one powered purely by electric.

As we are encouraged to start the transition to all electric vehicles, what does this mean for the future of vehicle technology?  The message from Handsfree Group is “we have always been ready”.

 

The Technology

Like with any new vehicle, no matter what is powering and turning the wheels, the technology that helps us to drive, communicate, stay safe and protect our vehicle is a high priority for most when looking to make that all important purchase.

Handsfree Group have a wealth of experience in fitting a wide range of vehicle technology solutions to EV’s that further improve the driving experience.

 

Size Does Matter

When a vehicle is purely electric, its fundamental to ensure all parts are lightweight and low current draw to ensure you get the best battery performance. Handsfree Group have a proven vehicle technology portfolio that takes all these aspects into consideration.

 

Safety

Handsfree Group have a specific range of products for Electric Vehicles, a lot of which are open cab.

For example:

  • Waterproof interior & exterior cameras.
  • Sunlight readable monitors to give better open cab visibility.
  • White noise directional motor alarms

 

Battery Management from Datalive Telematics

Handsfree Group’s Datalive division offers an EV Battery Management suite with the following features:

EV Battery Levels

  • Remotely monitor real time battery charge levels.

EV Charge Times

  • Insight to vehicles that are ready to go, or charge time remaining.

EV Battery Condition

  • View battery conditions and closely monitor units nearing end of life.

EV Battery Performance

  • Visibility of overall battery performance with end of life alerts

 

Security

Vehicle theft and the loss of valuable cargo can be disruptive for any business. It’s common knowledge that EV’s are expensive, therefore being at a high risk of theft. Handsfree Group can install a range of products that effectively deters criminals, whatever their intentions.

Datalive Tracking solutions for EV’s:

SVR (Stolen Vehicle Recovery)

  • Datalive telematics tracks a vehicle’s whereabouts so it can be recovered quickly.

Protect EV Battery theft

  • Datalive telematics can be integrated into the vehicle battery. Sudden power loss is instantly detected and alerted.

Ghost Immobiliser

  • Anti-Hijack protection so the vehicle can only be driven for a certain short distance without the driver’s key.

 

If you already own, or are thinking of purchasing a fleet of, Electric Vehicles and you would like more information on the products and services Handsfree Group can offer to improve communication, safety and security for you and your fleet, please contact us to arrange a meeting and full demonstration.

Connected products for the new Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Connected Vehicle Products

In one of our previous blogs from the UK, (New Mercedes Sprinter Van is coming…and Handsfree Group are ready for it!) we outlined the products that will even further enhance the driving experience of the new Mercedes Sprinter.  We also have a full range of connected products available from Handsfree Group for the new vans.

Datalive your new Sprinter vans

Datalive helps fleet managers improve the efficiency, protection and safety of their drivers and vehicles, while significantly improving their fleets green credentials.

We give customers the intelligence needed to optimise their fleet performance, by customising our modular vehicle data solutions to meet their exact requirements. Our experience ranges from designing fully integrated telematics solutions to basic single feature systems.

 

Datalive Telematics

Our versatile Datalive telematics solutions are modular. Our specialist team build custom systems for our customers, that meet a companies exact requirements – so we are fully prepared for the new Mercedes Sprinter fleets.

Datalive Telematics Solutions:

Live Tracking
  • improving customer response and delivery times with better MPG, improved green credentials, increased productivity and more responsible drivers, whilst eliminating unauthorised vehicle usage and reducing insurance premiums.
Geofence
  • Our team of specialists help fleet managers enhance security, improve utilisation, increase efficiency and support compliance, by setting up geofences.
Driver ID
  • Get visibility of exactly who is driving any given vehicle and their precise location. Optimise your resources, while maintaining your duty of care by using Datalive Driver ID.
Reporting
  • Reduce fuel consumption and operating costs by configuring multi-dimensional custom reports on several vehicle and driver performance aspects, through the Datalive Performance & integration reporting suite.
Remote Safety
  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable or lone workers while ensuring goods are being transported safely and correctly. Datalive monitors all driver activity and critical vehicle data. Fleet managers can easily analyse real-time or historical vehicle information.
Communication
  • Deliver timely information to drivers in an efficient, responsible and legally compliant way. Working together, Datalive telematics and in-vehicle onboard diagnostics can report highly accurate information about the performance of your drivers, vehicles and their engines.
Efficiency Reporting
  • Maximise the efficiency of any driver and vehicle over a specified timeframe, by using the Datalive Telematics customisable reporting suite.
Driver behaviour
  • Manage risk, and fulfil your ‘duty of care’ obligations for drivers. The Datalive driver behaviour module scores driving style and identifies those people driving efficiently.
  • Monitor aggressive or defensive driver styles of individuals or group with applied risk scoring.
  • Datalive driver behaviour provides you with the information you need to target training precisely where it is required, as well as reward and encourage safe driving.

Datalive – Fleet Management Tools

Fleet Management Tools from Datalive helps operators diagnose and report any issues that may impact transport efficiency, by checking vehicle compliance and recording critical fleet management information

Comprising of an extensive app and configurable I.T solution, Fleet Management Tools effectively helps fleet managers perform the audits and checks necessary to ensure a safe and optimised operation.

Datalive’s fleet management system includes defect reporting, vehicle check, fleet check and depot audits.

Fleet Management Tools Solutions:

Defect report tool
  • App on Android and IOS to help fleet operators keep on top of vehicle technology and equipment. Defects on vehicles are often overlooked because it can be timely to report a problem or defect. This app makes it simple.
Vehicle check tool app
  • Designed to eliminate paperwork. Now fleet managers can be sure that all vehicles are checked on a daily basis. Safety and damage checks set daily and alerted if not completed. The app will not allow a user to move to another vehicle until a full 360 degree check has been completed.
Vehicle check audit tool
  • Designed for fleet managers, engineers and auditors. The App is similar to the Vehicle Check Tool, however it means any vehicle can be checked across the whole fleet and is specifically used to report on anomalies.
Depot audit tool
  • Vehicle maintenance is integral to an efficient transport operation, it’s important to check regularly that all the tools are in the right place.
  • Within the Vehicle Audit Checking, there is an additional tool for auditing the depot. This tool is an interactive electronic list of check items to inspect within the depot.

 

Get in touch to demo Datalive today!

 

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.

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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