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In-Vehicle Camera & Incident Dash-Cam Connectivity

Dashboard and in-car cameras are crucial for enhancing road safety and reducing costs through lower insurance premiums and claims. The trend is towards real-time recording and uploading of footage triggered by impacts, dangerous driving, or manual activation. In order for these systems to function correctly, reliable mobile coverage in various locations is essential to facilitate prompt communication of data following an incident.

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Uninterrupted Geo-Resilient Coverage: Recording Dashcam Information Using Cloud Services

Forms of GSM connectivity (such as 4G, LTE and 5G) offer cloud-connected cameras enhanced benefits over previous generations of mobile technology. Fleets operating across regions, countries, or entire continents, need to keep the cameras and telematics devices connected for the maximum time throughout the widest range of locations. Network coverage and connection-resilience are therefore a critical element of maintaining the protection the cameras provide. 

For this reason, the default choice is a fully-managed, resilient, global roamingmulti-network IoT SIM card, capable of roaming across mobile network operators to provide the maximum geographical coverage and connection resilience. Our affordable plans mean that connected cameras with the capability to constantly record footage on a loop from the vehicle ignition-on and store critical data remotely are, therefore, now cost-positive and effective solutions.

Fast, Clear Connections Using Dashcam SIM Cards

Enlightened drivers and fleet managers are installing cameras to capture the events leading up to incidents on the road. This invaluable record is increasingly settling disputed claims without the need for costly legal processes or court time.

The sometimes contentious data can be vulnerable to tampering or loss if only locally stored on cards, especially if it was recording a driver’s misdemeanours causing an incident.

To combat this, the better systems are now connected via 3G/4G wireless and automatically send a clip of video to the server if an incident is detected.

Clearly the fleet manager benefits by having the earliest possible access to the incident recording, and maximising coverage and connection resilience can greatly aid that process.

Caburn Telecom have hundreds of thousands of SIMs in cameras across the world, and our range of tariffs from multiple Tier-1 service providers make this a very affordable solution.

How are Vehicle Telematics & Cameras Being Used to Monitor Driver Behaviours?

Enhancing Road Safety through Vehicle Telematics and Camera Systems: Around the world, vehicle telematics and cameras are revolutionizing the way driver behaviours are monitored, ensuring enhanced road safety for all. With the continuous advancements in technology, these intelligent systems have become indispensable tools for addressing critical issues such as aggressive driving, distracted driving, and compliance with traffic regulations. 

By combining real-time data from telematics devices installed in vehicles and robust camera monitoring systems, fleet managers and transportation companies can gain valuable insights into driver behaviour. These insights help identify areas where behaviours can be improved, enabling companies to implement targeted training programs and interventions. 

The integration of vehicle telematics and cameras offers a proactive approach towards promoting responsible driving habits, preventing accidents, and ultimately saving lives. By analysing data on speeding, harsh braking, lane deviations, and other risky manoeuvres, these systems provide a comprehensive overview of driver performance, empowering companies to take necessary actions to mitigate potential risks. 

Furthermore, the use of these technologies can also aid in investigation efforts in the aftermath of a collision or incident, providing crucial evidence to reconstruct events accurately. With their ability to monitor driver behaviours meticulously, vehicle telematics and cameras are paving the way for a safer and more responsible future on the roads all around the world.

As always, connectivity plays a key role in ensuring the functionality and security of these devices.

Dashcams, Power Budgets & Connectivity

Choosing an incident dash cam for your vehicle not only involves considering the quality of video capture but also the power and related connectivity issues. It is vital to ensure that the dash cam has a reliable power source to provide uninterrupted recording, especially in critical situations. Power consumption and battery life are key factors to consider. Some dash cams have an inbuilt battery, while others need to be connected to the vehicle’s power supply. In terms of connectivity, the dash cam should be capable of transmitting videos in real-time or storing them for later review. The presence of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity can provide easy access to footage, and GPS functionality can provide valuable location data. At Caburn Telecom, we understand these needs and provide dash cam connectivity solutions that perfectly balance power requirements and connectivity features for seamless operation.

Dashcams with In-Built Batteries

Dash cams with inbuilt batteries offer several advantages. First, they provide a degree of autonomy, continuing to function even when the vehicle’s ignition is turned off. This feature is particularly beneficial for parking mode surveillance, documenting incidents that occur when your vehicle is parked and unattended. Secondly, these dash cams can be easier to install since they do not require hard-wiring to the vehicle’s electrical system. This feature also makes them portable and transferable between different vehicles, which can be a significant advantage for those who frequently switch cars or rent vehicles. Lastly, dash cams with inbuilt batteries can provide a backup recording system in the event of a vehicle power failure during an incident. They can continue to record crucial evidence when it is most needed, ensuring that you are never left unprotected.

It is important, however, to consider that inbuilt batteries usually have limited life spans and may require frequent charging depending on usage. At Caburn Telecom, we can help you weigh these factors to choose the best dash cam solution for your specific needs.

Advantages of Dash Camera with In-Built Batteries

The significance of a dash cam with an inbuilt battery providing a backup recording system during a vehicle power failure is primarily related to the security and legal protection it offers. In the event of an accident or incident, a vehicle’s power system may be compromised, causing devices connected to it, such as a dash cam, to stop working. A dash cam with an inbuilt battery, however, can continue to record even in these circumstances. This continuous recording can capture crucial footage that can serve as indisputable evidence. It can help identify who is at fault in an accident, capture the license plate of a hit-and-run driver, or even record an act of vandalism or theft when the vehicle is parked. So, the ability of a dash cam with an inbuilt battery to continue recording during a power failure significantly enhances its reliability and effectiveness in providing a comprehensive surveillance solution for your vehicle. This feature ensures that you have the evidence you need when you need it the most.

Types of Cases Where an In-Built Battery Helps in Recording Footage

A dash cam with an inbuilt battery can capture several crucial types of footage during a power failure. Here are some examples:

Accident Footage: If you participate in a collision that disrupts your vehicle’s power, a dash cam with an inbuilt battery continues to record. This can capture the immediate aftermath of the accident, which can serve as vital evidence for insurance claims or legal proceedings.

Hit-and-Run Incidents: If your parked vehicle is hit by another car, the shock can sometimes trigger a power failure. However, a dash cam with an inbuilt battery can still capture the incident, potentially recording the other vehicle’s license plate.

Vandalism or Theft: If your vehicle’s power is deliberately cut off during an act of vandalism or a theft attempt, a dash cam with a built-in battery can continue recording, potentially capturing the perpetrator’s face or other identifying details.

Unexpected Road Incidents: Events like road rage, dangerous driving by others, or sudden natural occurrences (like falling trees or rocks) can sometimes lead to power failure. A dash cam with inbuilt battery backup can capture these unexpected incidents.

Emergency Situations: In situations where the vehicle’s power system fails, a dashcam with emergency connection functionality can enable an alarm call to be made even when the driver or passenger(s) are unable to move or are to some degree physically incapacitated,

Typical Issues That Affect Dashcam Reliability

Aside from poor connectivity, there are some other main problems that can make dashcams unreliable:

Poor Video Quality: Some dashcams may have low-resolution cameras or inferior lens quality, resulting in blurry or distorted footage. This can make it difficult to accurately capture important details such as license plate numbers or street signs.

Limited Field of View: Dashcams with narrow field of view may not capture the full extent of what is happening on the road. This can lead to important events or incidents being missed, reducing the overall effectiveness of the dashcam.

Inadequate Low-Light Performance: Many accidents and incidents occur during nighttime or in low-light conditions. If a dashcam does not have good low-light performance, the recorded footage may be too dark or grainy, making it challenging to identify important details.

Unreliable Mounting or Installation: A poorly mounted or installed dashcam can result in unstable positioning or frequent dislodging. This can lead to inaccurate video capture or even complete failure to record during critical moments.

Limited Storage Capacity: Dashcams typically have a limited amount of storage space for recording footage. If the storage capacity is not sufficient, the dashcam may overwrite important footage before it can be reviewed or downloaded.

Lack of Advanced Features: Some dashcams may lack advanced features such as GPS tracking, speed detection, or collision detection. These features can provide valuable additional information and context in the event of an incident.

Quality and Reliability of Components: The overall reliability of a dashcam can be affected by the quality of its components, including the camera sensor, memory card, and internal electronics. Lower quality components may result in frequent malfunctions or shorter lifespan.

It’s important to research and choose a dashcam that addresses these potential issues and meets your specific requirements for reliability and performance. Reading reviews and selecting a reputable brand can help ensure a more dependable and effective dashcam experience.

“Caburn Telecom have been an excellent technical and commercial partner in providing IoT SIM’s to support our camera systems”

Dan Molyneux, Head of Support at Fastview360

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