Microlise integrates with SmartWitness' forward facing cameras

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Microlise has partnered with SmartWitness forward facing video cameras to provide enhanced safe driving, risk and incident management information.

Over almost the last decade, Microlise has repordetly saved its customers millions of pounds by providing them with accurate telematics driving style information which has allowed fuel economy improvements to be made by rewarding good driving and identifying uneconomical / unsafe driving practices. Microlise's approach to representing this data in its "A-G" League tables has been central to this and has won many plaudits across the industry.

Microlise has now built upon this core fuel economy platform to focus more specifically on analysing and reporting upon safe driving practices aiding transport operators to ensure the highest levels of safety for their drivers, other road users and the general public at large.

Microlise's Fleet Performance Safety module consists of a number of "plug-ins" which can be implemented as a whole or individually. These plug-ins include, posted road speed reporting, harsh braking & cornering, roll-over alerting and their pioneering incident data recording.

SmartWitness are a provider of security and in-vehicle video camera systems. The camera records high quality footage giving a drivers eye view of incidents as and when they occur.

The SmartWitness camera is designed to provide users with protection against the ever increasing threat from fraudulent insurance claims, the ability to better manage safe driving and risks as well as more easily understand liability in the event of incidents and accidents.

Incidents are recorded onto a secure SD card in the camera when the vehicle harsh brakes or decelerates (in the case of an impact) – through the use of an integral accelerometer, or when the driver presses a dash mounted record button.

Footage is recorded in 30 seconds blocks (15 seconds before and 15 seconds after an incident). The SD card can then be removed (from the locked slot in the camera) and the footage replayed and analysed.

The integration of the camera into the Microlise system allows customers to immediately understand when a camera recording occurs. This makes the value of the camera easier to exploit (and the management overhead much lower) as office users know immediately when an incident has occurred and they are not reliant upon drivers telling them when a near miss occurs, it is also easier to identify a vehicle and potential incident when complaints from the public are received.

Camera trigger events, relayed via a cable between the camera and the Microlise MTU3 are transmitted in real-time and are made visible in the Microlise Map Client and range of current activity reports and in the innovative Microlise A-G Safe & Economic Driving reports.

Using the camera data proactively in a customer's operation both to highlight bad driving and training & managing drivers accordingly and as well as being able to refute fraudulent claims has been shown to reduce incidents and claims significantly with the typical reduction in incidents and costs in excess of 70%.

"Microlise are really excited about our new safety Module, of which the camera forms a central part. It allows customers to not only target fuel economy improvements that our original Fleet Performance product has always provided, but now also allows our customers to actively target safe driving and reap all of the benefits that will deliver too", Matt Hague of Microlise comments. "Interestingly, we have found fuel economy has further improved on vehicles now fitted with cameras as drivers are further conscious of how safely they are driving the vehicle".

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