How live fleet camera solutions bring positive change to fleet teams

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Keeping track of everything we do as business owners and managers can be difficult and especially stressful. It’s important to make sure you are keeping track of your drivers and your drivers’ safety. 

Why should I use live fleet cameras?

Do you worry about your drivers driving with the safest habits? Is the communication between driver and client effective? Is my driver safe? What happens if we have an accident? These are just a few worries that keep fleet owners up at night. Having that link between business owner and driver can be the key to successful deliveries, responsible driving, and efficient communication.

Using live fleet cameras gives business owners their own sense of safety. Having access to things such as travel logs, maintenance, driving habits, and speeding incidents can ensure your business is running efficiently and safely. When your drivers are out on the road, they are representing your company and your brand. Making sure that your company and brand are being reflected in the best way possible is key to a successful business – and live fleet cameras help you achieve that success. 

What should I look for in a fleet camera solution?

There are several different models of fleet camera solutions available that can fit your individual needs. If your main concern is safety, it’s best to find a live fleet camera that monitors driving habits such as speeding or whether or not your driver is alert. If you’re looking more towards monitoring timing, find a camera that has a GPS fleet tracking system so you can make sure your drivers are where they say they are and on schedule. Ideally, the fleet camera you choose should be able to show you real-time information about how effectively your fleet is operating. 

Safety Track has an extensive line of live fleet cameras that can help keep you in the loop of your drivers’ activities, your fleet’s maintenance needs, and also provide you with a sense of security. Live streaming cameras can help you cut unnecessary costs, correct issues with your fleet, and protect your company. 

Below we have outlined a few of the cameras we offer and how they can reduce owner liability and help your fleet become effective. 

UCIT Fleet Camera 

This camera features a low startup cost with HD quality video that gives you the ability to see how efficiently your fleet is performing. It also includes Integrated GPS Fleet Tracking so you’re able to make sure all drivers in your fleet are performing based on their assigned schedules. With the UCIT Fleet Camera, you’re able to monitor when they leave to hit the road, what stops they make and at what time, and when they arrive at their assigned destination. Our real-time camera can also be used to track driving behavior and reduce the drivers’ speed. If you’re able to track your drivers’ behavior, you’re able to monitor the safety of your fleet and the safety of your drivers as well. This effectively reduces the chance of accidents or other mishaps almost in half, saving you money and worries.

UCIT Dash Camera Solution

This solution allows you to keep track of the individual driver’s behavior behind the wheel. With this solution, business owners can make sure their drivers aren’t taking part in any reckless driving habits that could endanger your fleet. When drivers become distracted or start to fade in alertness, this can cause accidents, delayed deliveries, or even decreased communication. Using a dash camera gives you the reliability of your drivers being alert and distraction free. This camera solution keeps track of all driving conditions and simultaneously records interior and exterior views so you’re able to monitor their personal behavior and how it impacts your fleet as a whole. 

UCIT WIFI Camera Solution 

Our 2 Channel WI-FI Live Streaming Fleet Camera System is perfect for any size fleet. The WIFI Camera Solution records a long and continuous track to make sure you’re getting constant streaming of your fleet’s progress. Having access with this type of solution can help you figure out what kinks need to be worked on the most. Is your fleet hitting traffic at the wrong time? Is there a problem with the fleet’s time management? These are just two of the questions this camera solution can help answer. 

When you’re able to look at your fleet as a whole, you can see what your strongest and weakest points are and that can help you improve your safety records and ultimately reduce your liability.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us at 1-888-286-9829 for more information.

Tracking Your Fleet Using GPS

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GPS fleet tracking can cut costs and headaches while improving customer service and productivity, regardless of the size of your company.

The technology, which continues to evolve, gives businesses the ability to monitor drivers’ speeds, optimize routes, monitor temperatures of refrigerated units, create elogs, and integrate with Google maps. 

Safety Track has GPS solutions to fit any business, regardless of the fleet size or tracking needs. Here is a list of the ways GPS tracking can make fleet management more manageable and more profitable for your company

GPS tracking can save money

Whether your company has 10 or 10,000 trucks, unauthorized vehicle usage, and excess fuel usage can add up.

Bad driver habits such as extra-long lunches or detours off the route also can lead to unhappy customers and more safety incidents. That’s why a smart GPS tracking system makes sense.

Also, GPS tracking can save money on insurance, fuel costs, and lawsuits.

Safety Track offers several Asset Tracking System solutions to match your business needs. Below, we have outlined a few.

The Simple Tracking System

Safety Track’s Simple Tracking System is perfect for smaller businesses that want an easy-to-install system that can deliver real-time data like more expensive systems.

Reports include custom maintenance schedules; engine hours; start/stop times; speed; and vehicle location in real time with multiple mapping view options.

The Complete GPS Tracking System

The Complete GPS Tracking System was designed as a universal solution for visibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week,  and continuous tracking. This system includes internal antennas, full reporting capabilities, and integrated Google maps. It also provides maintenance, speeding, and idling alerts that are sent directly to a phone as well as a full year’s history on each vehicle.

The Advance GPS Fleet Tracking System

This system is 100 percent Web-based and the most popular fleet management tool among Safety Track clients. It includes the same reports as the Complete Tracking System; alert notifications via phone or email; dispatch capabilities including itineraries, rerouting; and job and status filtering. In addition, the mapping capabilities include real-time updates with live traffic feeds and Google street view.

The Enterprise Tracking System

This system allows larger fleet or logistics companies to users to track, communicate, and monitor vital critical information such as real-time engine diagnostics and electronic driver logs. 

The Connected Car Enterprise Solution, meanwhile, can transform any passenger car into a fully connected car. That means it has a full GPS tracking suite that monitors driver position, speed, heading, and driving behavior.

Other valuable GPS tracking features

Live trailer tracking is a crucial feature for logistics companies in the competitive commercial trucking business. For instance, tracking can provide refrigerator trailer temperature monitoring for cold hauling. 

Safety Track’s electronic driver log system, meanwhile, ensures drivers comply with federal and state regulations regarding rest breaks, restarts, and sleeper berth provisions. An advanced alerting system also notifies users before issues occur.

An effective GPS system can ultimately help you prevent labor fraud, reduce speeding, lower excessive idling, and unauthorized vehicle usage. 

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.

Fleet Tracking: Getting Buy-In from Drivers

Fleet Tracking: Getting Buy-In from Drivers

As a business owner, it’s easy to see the advantages of launching a fleet camera system. The benefits might not be as readily apparent to your drivers, however.

Getting driver buy-in is a crucial part of launching dash cams, fleet cameras, and GPS tracking. Drivers are naturally concerned about cameras capturing everything they do on the job. They may think you don’t trust them or you are looking for reasons to let them go.

That’s why it’s important to communicate the reasons behind your newest safety solution and how it can help your drivers. Here are some tips on talking to your drivers about dash cams and GPS monitoring systems for your fleet.

Don’t surprise your drivers

Tell your drivers before the installation of the cameras. Don’t let them discover your tracking system after the fact. Be transparent about the fleet GPS cameras’ capabilities and how you intend to use the data.

Educating and training employees will help garner support and prevent potential issues down the road.

Explain why the company needs cameras & tracking

If you are concerned about lawsuits because of the increase in staged accidents, tell your drivers. Be honest about your concern about distracted driving. To pinpoint bad habits that need to be corrected to improve efficiency and productivity, spell out what you see as problem areas.

Tie the systems to specific company goals, like decreasing accidents, improving delivery times, or increasing efficiency.

You want your drivers to understand you are investing in this system for the company’s well being — not to violate their personal space.

Outline the benefits for drivers

Make sure your employees understand how the camera and tracking systems work and how they can protect drivers as well.

When a fleet truck is involved in an accident, other involved parties may try to blame your driver. Cameras can provide real-time proof to exonerate a driver who is not at fault.

The company may also use data from the systems to improve driver training. Educating your drivers so they understand expectations and can respond appropriately in certain situations helps reduce risks. For instance, some Safety Track customers create an incentive system using the driver scorecard, which scores a driver’s performance based on alerts.

Provide written guidelines for drivers

When you launch a tracking system, make sure you provide your drivers with guidelines on how the equipment works, what will be recorded, and who can access that data.

It’s one thing to talk with your employees and drivers about these tools and how they fit into company culture. It’s another to provide them with written guidelines that they can refer to in the future.

The guidelines should spell out your expectations of your drivers and any activities that are prohibited. Make sure you also specify disciplinary actions drivers could face if they fail to abide by the guidelines. Also, be sure to provide company contact names and numbers in case drivers have questions about the equipment, driver behaviors, or driving incidents.

If you have questions about rolling out your fleet tracking solution, please contact us. We can help you successfully integrate the technology without any missteps, employee pushback, or loss of service.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.

Top 3 Pain Points for Fleet Owners

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When customers call Safety Track about fleet cameras and GPS, it’s usually after an event, like an auto accident or a lawsuit. Safety Track’s fleet cameras and GPS tracking could’ve helped prevent both of those unfortunate events.

“A lot of our customers come to us after the fact, but we would like to get more proactive,” said Tyler Schneider, director of IT operations for Safety Track. 

Companies with fleets deal with safety concerns every day. Sometimes they are industry-specific. But others are universal to all fleet operators. Here are the top three safety pain points that drive customers to Safety Track.

Pain Point 1: Staged Accidents

Schneider says a lot of customers deal with staged accidents, where another driver targets a truck with a company name or logo on it and tries to cause an accident. Then the fraudster files a false insurance claim or a lawsuit against the fleet truck owner.

“Maybe a car cuts off a truck or a car stops suddenly, causing a truck to rear-end it. If they did it intentionally, we capture that with a camera system,” he said.

It’s such a dangerous problem that some companies have removed branding from their trucks to reduce the risk.

Safety Track can send the video of the event from a dashboard camera, side cameras, and a rear camera, so you will have proof to protect yourself. 

Some customers also use videos for training. One of the best ways to reduce risk is to train your drivers so they understand expectations and can respond appropriately in certain situations.

Pain Point 2: Distracted Drivers

Fleet owners rely on drivers to take care of their vehicle while they do their job. At a time when cell phones are ubiquitous, it’s no wonder that driver distraction is one of the top safety concerns for companies with fleets.

Another concern: falling asleep behind the wheel. It’s a legitimate concern, especially for people who make a living driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowsy driving may be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal crashes a year.

Safety Track’s newest camera system can sense whether the driver closes his eyes for too long, takes a drink of water, or looks at his phone. The system then issues a driver alert to the dispatcher and gives a verbal warning to the driver.

Some customers have used this feature to create an incentive system using the driver scorecard, which scores a driver’s performance based on alerts, Schneider said.

Pain Point 3: Tracking Fleet

Companies expect drivers to take lunch breaks and other breaks as needed. But in some cases, the breaks become daily pit stops off of the assigned route which can throw off a service or delivery schedule, increase gas costs, and reduce overall efficiency.

That’s why Safety Track offers GPS tracking services for fleets that can notify the company if a driver has veered off route, where they are, and for how long. Some companies even use the GPS tracking system as a timecard for employees.

Adding fleet cameras and GPS tracking system can result in lower insurance rates, because it helps improve driver performance and lower liability risks, Schneider said. The systems can also reduce insurance claim costs, said Schneider.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.

Benefits of Fleet Cameras

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When overseeing fleet trucks, three issues influence every decision you make: cost controls, safety, and customer service. That’s why investing in fleet cameras to help manage your fleet makes sense.

Fleet cameras enable better control and monitoring assets even when they are out of sight. Fleet tracking allows the owner of the vehicles to virtually ride along and monitor driver behaviors, vehicle performance, shipment, progress and other factors which impact your company’s bottom line.

Fleet Cameras Help Manage Risk

Solutions like those provided by Safety Track enable you to use fleet cameras to monitor driver behaviors, identify poor habits and use video to retrain workers.

These cameras act as a witness in the event a vehicle in your fleet is involved in an accident. The video can provide valuable evidence to protect your company and your drivers in lawsuits.

That’s a significant concern for most businesses with fleets since work-related collisions accounted for 40% of all motor vehicle accidents in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found about 65% of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers are due to motor vehicle crashes. More than 1 in 3 long-haul truck drivers have experienced a serious truck crash during their career, according to the CDC.

Controlling Costs with Fleet Cameras

Cameras can capture repetitive driver habits like hard braking or hard acceleration. These habits can result in increased fuel costs and unnecessary wear and tear on your fleet. 

Fleet cameras also encourage driver productivity because their hours are verifiable and capture real-time footage versus event footage. These cameras don’t rely on a driver pushing an event button. They capture the full event, including actions both before and after an accident. 

Improving Fleet Safety

By monitoring how drivers operate vehicles in your fleet, identifying behaviors that need to change and then implementing training programs using video captured by fleet cameras, a company can eliminate bad driver habits and improve overall safety. Improved driver safety can help prevent accidents, reduce insurance claims costs and lower insurance premiums.

Fleet camera footage can also be used to capture commendable driver behaviors so you can recognize top performers and work to retain your best employees.

Industries that can benefit from installing fleet cameras include:

  • Taxi industry
  • Ambulance services
  • Railroad companies
  • Delivery services
  • Driving schools
  • Bus lines
  • Sweeper trucks

Types of Fleet Camera Solutions

Not all fleets are the same and so they need varied fleet camera solutions. Safety Track offers several types of fleet camera solutions to fit your needs. They are:

UCIT ( pronounced you see it) fleet cameras
This real-time camera solution tracks driving behavior and captures video that can be used for driver training or as evidence in defense against lawsuits. It supports up to four cameras and includes built in GPS and G-force sensors.

UCIT dash cameras
With Safety Track’s award-winning 2 channel dash camera, you can review video, audio,and GPS data using dual camera technology. It’s tamper-resistant and suitable for taxis, buses or any other fleet vehicle.

In-vehicle HD dashcams
These dashcams provide a cost-effective option for small businesses looking for a fast return on investment. These cameras require no exterior security bracket and include built-in Wifi modules. 

Cost control is a major factor for small and large companies alike, and fleet cameras can help these companies remain competitive and save money. 

If you are looking for ways to cut costs and improve performance, check out Safety Track’s solutions.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.