Safety concerns meaning more businesses are turning to multi camera systems

Chris Woods Blog

Businesses have long realised the benefits made available by forward facing dash cams, with insurance disputes being the most popular reason for owning them in fleet vehicles. However, a range of safety concerns and changes to Britain’s roads mean that businesses are increasingly turning to multi-camera systems that allow a much wider field of view than traditional forward facing cameras.

RoadHawk Multi Camera Truck

The UK’s road network is becoming more complex to drive in and with increasing levels of traffic, distractions both in and out of the cab, and more cyclists on the road than ever, it has become essential for businesses to take advantage of the technology available to them. From minor bumps due to not seeing static objects when manoeuvring, to incidents with cyclists and pedestrians, a multi-cam system can assist a driver massively.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme or FORS, is leading the way for HGV safety and camera systems are now essential for any company looking at FORS Silver Accreditation or higher and in order to meet the ‘blind spot minimisation’ criteria.

RoadHawk’s E42 will allow for up to 4 cameras to be fitted to it and their E82 allows for 8 cameras to be fitted to one unit. Typical systems include a forward facing cameras, near-side and off-side cameras, a rear facing camera and a monitor. The system is configured so that when the left indicator is switched on, the monitor displays the near-side of the vehicle, giving drivers full visibility of potential blind spots where cyclists could be situated. In the same way, the monitor can be configured to show what is behind the vehicle when it is put into reverse.

RoadHawk Multi Camera Van

The system works on a loop recording function, overwriting the earliest data as they loop, meaning the system will hold around 30 days worth of footage. Adding GPS and accelerometer means the video information also includes location and speed data together with an event log where harsh braking and impacts to the vehicle are stored.

By adding additional cameras, businesses can monitor secure loads, record inside the cab and even install cameras in places underneath the vehicle. This means a driver can watch a tipper being loaded or they can ensure they do not end up with ‘additional cargo’ when going through customs.

By installing multi-camera systems, your drivers stay protected and assisted when manoeuvring, whilst giving you irrefutable evidence in case of road traffic accidents. By ensuring that accident rates are reduced, your vehicles spend more time on the road and less time in for repair, saving you money.

For more information on how multi camera systems can help your business, call ETS on FREEPHONE 0808 168 4264

RoadHawk E42 / RoadHawk E82

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    RoadHawk E42-E82 DVR

  • Features

    • Video output to transfer video to computer system
    • Recording format: D1 and CIF
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    • Automatic operation from ignition
    • Option to extend recording after ignition is turned off
    • Removable HDD track supplied with or without 1TB HDD
    • Loop recording overwrites the earliest information as it records
    • 1TB HDD offers the last 30 days + of recording
    • Records audio, video, G-sensor data and GPS data