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In-cab cameras prove their worth at Imperial Logistics 08 July 2015

Clients are impressed with the technology and recognise its benefits

Imperial Logistics has made a group policy to install in-cab cameras in every truck in its fleet, a decision that is already paying dividends. Imperial’s in-cab camera initiative began in 2012, when group company Tanker Services snapped up the new technology shortly after its launch, and began a project to install and test ‘DriveCam’ in-cab cameras in its vehicles.

Imported from the US, DriveCam is based on a dual lens in-cab video camera and reporting software. Through its two wide angle lenses, the camera records what is happening on the road ahead of the truck as well as in the cab. Its built-in gravity sensor ensures that footage is stored whenever the vehicle is subjected to forward or sideways movement beyond predefined parameters.

Following on from the success of Tanker Services’ pilot project, Imperial took the decision to install DriveCam in all of its trucks. It is used to determine whether the driver is driving responsibly on the road and complying with the safety rules learned from training.

The system is also used to manage near miss events and these can be communicated as lessons and shared with other drivers at safety forums. In addition, the driver can pro-actively, manually record an incident at any stage (loading point, offloading point and on-route) and management will immediately be alerted through the real time feed to its 24 hour control room.

In the event of an accident there will be footage prior to the accident and for a specified time afterwards. Imperial and clients rely on this for investigation purposes.

After analysing the videos, it was discovered that in most cases reviewed, it was not the driver’s fault. Confusion and contradictory eye witness reports could be eliminated, and the correct remedial action is taken to improve safety.

While state of the art technology like in-cab camera systems come at a price, the benefits far outweigh the cost. While some organisations may expect transport companies to offer the safest, highest specification vehicles for the lowest price, clients have been largely impressed with the technology and recognise its benefits.