CCTV for lorries and busses systems technical overview

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HGVs are commonly considered most dangerous vehicles not only considerably adding to congestion and pollution but also causing road accidents. However statistically HGV drivers are much safer than other drivers – causing only half as many accidents per miles travelled. But even so everything possible should be done to ensure every safety and security measure is taken to prevent the accidents that occur, as with HGVs they are usually much worse than just a car crash.

Modern technologies make it possible for car manufacturers and users to enhance safety of their vehicles but also protect them as their assets and operating budgets. Various electronic systems have been designed to make these possible. They include: Mobile CCTV Systems, Rear View Camera, Reversing Camera, Vehicle Radar, GPS Tracking/Vehicle Tracking, Digital Video Recorders (DVR), RFID Technology, Auto Braking Systems, Mirror Monitor, Truck safety, Lorry safety, General vehicle safety equipment.

When you have a CCTV system installed in your HGV it considerably increases efficiency and safety. It helps to eliminate collisions in tight spaces, collisions resulting to the nearside blind spots while reversing, sidewipes on motorways. It is also means to provide safety to the driver against attacks by gangs or individuals and to the theft of the load as well as prevent any false insurance claims for personal injury and damages. In other words it can bring peace of mind for both the company and workers as well as strengthen the company’s reputation.

Modern HGV CCTV solutions offer many options and can be adjusted to every need and requirement. A standard CCTV package for heavy vehicles usually includes two interior cameras with night vision, two exterior cameras with night vision, alarm inputs to monitor things such as brake lights, indicators, doors open/closed etc, and a hard disk drive recording system suitable for over 2 weeks of continuous recording. Also a dash mounted LCD screen providing the driver with a live view of all areas of the vehicle and trailer, and a GPS tracking system to facilitate enhanced fleet management are part of the set. One of the cameras can be configured as a reversing camera with live view for the driver.

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Part of the system may be also a VDR blackbox that works retrospectively to record driver activity such as speeding, severe braking, cornering and driver behavior. Video files are encrypted and so are admissible as evidence in court. Multiple camera inputs makes it possible to record internally and externally, giving clear views of the road.
This system can be usually customized to specific requirements using internal and external cameras offering even 100% clear vision around your vehicle. This can be really priceless for slow speed truck or bus maneuvering in any direction, the system uses four cameras to give the driver a complete 360º view around the vehicle. It will also pre-warn the driver with an audible alarm if a car, cyclist or pedestrian enters a danger blind spot on either side of the vehicle which will prompt the driver to check the monitor to see the danger. It is an absolute must for vehicles used for high street delivery, operating in congested traffic or on bus routes when lane changes and turning is necessary. With infrared camera technology, the system can be used both in the day and at night. This overview system requires four external cameras installed on the top of the vehicle to give the driver a complete view around the truck up to 3m vehicle radius and the monitored area is defined while unit installation and remains constant at all times.

The simplest two camera system cost ranges from about £300 to £500, depending mostly on the equipment quality. The most efficient solution includes three or four cameras, which of course elevates the price. When you chose a system, always regard first your specific needs, because there is no point in spending money on additional functions of the system, that will never be used in practice.

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