There was a time when CCTV systems were only applicable to stationary objects – such as buildings, for example, to monitor what was going on in or around the building, and to prevent or record any possible crimes that could happen. Times have changed, however, and thanks to technology, a very similar CCTV system can now be installed in a vehicle for the same (and other) purposes. As a matter of fact, the system is becoming more and more popular, and for very good reason. Here’s an overview of vehicle CCTVs and how to choose the best for your fleet.

What does the system do?

There are different systems and each system varies; however, here are some of the most important features the systems can help you with:

* Live streaming video of the driver, which can help you monitor driving behaviour and other important data

* Record data from accidents, crashes, or other traffic incidents that can prove to be costly (in terms of finances and human life) – which can be used as evidence

* Use recorded information for PDI (pro-active driver improvement)

What are the advantages?

There are many advantages, but here are some of the main features:

* Measurement and management. If you can measure it, then it can be used to improve the situation – the system gives management a lot of data to work with.

* Avoiding problems. When things go wrong, you need evidence – documentation to ensure that things go from bad to worse. A CCTV or vehicle camera helps avoid a lot of problems.

* Setting up the optimum system. By gathering a lot of data, you are in a position to solve the problems that you and your fleet are currently faced with.

Choosing the best CCTV system for you

To choose the right one for you, consider the following:

* Checking the hardware. Make sure it’s reliable and compatible with your vehicle. It’s better to choose quality over quantity in any case.

* What can you learn? Make a list of what data you need, and what you hope to learn – and modify your choice according to your needs.

Thousands of commercial vehicles are nowadays equipped with CCTV, and there are – as you can see – some very good reasons for this. It’s not about spying or being able to monitor anything or everything that might happen in or around the vehicle; it’s about making sure that everyone is safe, and that sufficient data is collected in order to make the whole process of fleet management more efficient. If there are issues, there is data to either prove or disprove a hypothesis. If there is a record, a solution can be found. With CCTV, it’s just a matter of time before efficiency reaches its zenith.

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An Overview of Vehicle CCTVs and How to Choose the Best for Your Fleet

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