The systems from Trajet combine two basic functionalities in a single compact unit: the recording of videos and telematics data. Both are stored in the unit or directly being transferred to a central server via mobile network. The systems have been developed and are produced in Germany. Worldwide sales and marketing are done by our partner Intelligent Telematics from the UK.
There is massive interest in forward facing camera technology because road transport operators are recognizing the benefits it can deliver in terms of enhancing safety, proving what really happened and protecting against avoidable insurance costs. However, not all cameras currently in the marketplace are fit for purpose, so any investment needs careful consideration to ensure legal compliance, data accuracy and 100% uptime.
6 questions to ask before selecting a 3/4G vehicle camera:
Q1. Is the device E-marked and suitable for installation in a vehicle within the EU?
Under section 60 of the Road Traffic Construction and Use Regulations, it can be considered a criminal offence to install a non E-marked road safety product in a vehicle within the EU.
A1. The EVEREC 340 / IT1000 vehicle cameras are E-marked in Germany and documentation is available to review upon request.
Q2. Does the device have the ability to auto calibrate g-force measurements at start up and in operation?
It is essential that a camera is mounted perfectly square on both horizontal and vertical planes to have a zero G-force reading when stationary, something that is impossible to achieve through manual installation. Devices that do not have this function can be providing inaccurate and inadmissible information when dealing with insurance claims where the impact forces can be used for accident severity indicators and reconstruction.
A2. The EVEREC 340 / IT1000 vehicle cameras have internal 3-Axis G Force sensors with auto calibration and can also provide 12,000 data points either side of an event.
Q3. Does the GPS module responsible for measuring distance, capture data at 10 times a second?
Many cameras currently only capture data at one second intervals meaning that these solutions are often only able to provide impact speeds before or after an accident. Consider that a harsh braking vehicle would typically go from 40 miles per hour to standstill in three seconds, there is considerable risk of presenting information that is massively inaccurate.
A3. Intelligent Telematics has partnered with Telit to use its industry leading GPS technology. Therefore, the EVEREC 340 / IT1000 vehicle cameras capture data at 10 times per second to ensure impact speeds are identified at the exact point when an accident occurs.
Q4. Are the 3G cameras using secure private networks and modems with dedicated M2M SIM cards to protect data and ensure it gets to the right person first time and every time?
Many devices are attempting to use hidden USB sticks with data ‘pay as you go’ SIMS to communicate information. As well as being susceptible to accidental removal and providing another heat source in operation, this is not considered a secure way to get critical data back to depot.
A4. Trajet and Intelligent Telematics use dedicated private access points to provide complete peace of mind as well as using top of range Telit modems.
Q5. Does the device have a temperature rating of at least 75 degrees Celsius?
Even in the relatively mild UK summers, devices on a windscreen in operation can reach 65-70 degree Celsius. Some components and devices in the marketplace are only rated to 55 degrees meaning that above this temperature they are operating in environments where they cannot be guaranteed, with data loss, SD card or even component failure a significant risk. Also, make sure a camera does not use a 3G USB dongle that is only suitable for indoor and non-continuous use avoiding direct sunlight.
A5. The devices from Trajet are rated to 75 degrees and go through long term heat chamber testing. In addition, the camera devices continually monitor and report back internal temperatures as part of the remote diagnostic package.
Q6. Does the device have the ability to communicate data when the vehicle ignition is turned off following a collision or the electrical system is incapacitated altogether?
Some cameras may be fitted with capacitors for battery back-up but these simply do not have the power to complete a recording and would be dissipated to zero charge very quickly.
A6.The EVEREC 340 / IT1000 has a three-month lithium ion battery back up on a continuous charge/de-charge cycle to keep it in optimum condition. This battery has more than enough power to send back video, telemetry and mapping data after an incident.
The systems from Trajet combine leading video, telematics and 3/4G technologies to help road transport companies to mitigate financial and operational risks within their fleet operations. The integrated vehicle camera solutions capture footage of incidents along with supporting vehicle data, so it is now possible to achieve significant benefits by reducing and simplifying the claims experience; better managing high-risk driver behavior; and improving fleet safety and efficiency.