Operating a large fleet brings its own set of challenges. Equipping trucks with cameras is not new to Maritime, but one of the frustrations with their previous system was retrieving video footage. Driver Administrators having to physically be in a vehicle to download footage caused headaches – it was time-consuming and impractical, especially with multiple depots and vehicles being in use much of the day and night. Remote download from CameraMatics changed all that.
In the event of an incident or collision, the speed of video footage retrieval is crucial. “We need to get footage as quickly as we can to aid in any insurance investigation,” says Driver Administrator Chris Kirk, “with the CameraMatics system, it’s instantaneous.”
Maritime takes the safety and security of its 2,000 drivers extremely seriously, and protecting drivers was a key factor in the search for a solution. “We want to ensure that the safety of our workforce – predominantly drivers – is as good as it can be”, comments Ross McNicol from Maritime's IT team.
CameraMatics ticked all the boxes for Maritime. The 360˚ camera solution, along with Direct Vision Standard compliant exterior sensors and turning alerts, significantly increases the driver’s visibility and alerts other road users to the presence of an HGV. The nearside camera is neatly integrated into the vehicles’ onboard infotainment system screen too.
Drivers like the extra eyes and ears that cameras and sensors provide, and they are also overwhelmingly positive about the protection provided by in-cab cameras. In the event of an incident or accident, the footage can provide clear evidence of the quality of driving – proving non-fault and helping avoid false claims and crash for cash scams.
Training also comes into play here. Real-time visibility over the fleet is invaluable and the CameraMatics system is put to daily use by the team who use real-life footage to help coach and train drivers.
With CameraMatics, the onboard hardware technology is only half the story. The user-friendly platform is what makes the solution stand out from the crowd. On-demand video (both live and historic), alerts and notifications and the fact the system integrates existing technologies are all important to help fleet operators who are managing thousands of vehicles and drivers every day.
Equipping a large fleet takes time and choosing a technology partner is a big decision with a significant impact on business operations. A technically excellent, reliable solution from an outstanding provider is essential for success.
“Running a business of this size, we need technology support in order to get the efficiencies out of the business and to make sure we’re working as smartly as we can,” says James Andrews, Maritime’s IT Director.
“We wouldn’t have bought the CameraMatics solution if we didn’t believe in what it is doing, and what it can add to the business.”
“In a supplier we look for loyalty, reliability, and future-proofing of products”, comments Ross, “we believe the CameraMatics product will stand us in good stead as we move forward with the business.”