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Smarter Fleet Management with the Cloud

Smarter Fleet Management with the Cloud

Whether your fleet consists of minivans, SUVs, limos or passenger cars, pickups or even ice cream trucks, running a successful fleet demands much more than just getting from point A to B. If you are currently going through the process of researching fleet management systems and/or wondering if now’s the time to purchase a fleet dash cam and implement some sort of a solution, then you’re in the right spot.

Today, more fleet managers are relying on telematics to keep tabs on their vehicles and drivers. In case the term is foreign to you, telematics is a method of monitoring a vehicle by using GPS and on-board diagnostics to record movements on a computerized map. There are several options for getting a telematics device in your vehicle - buy a car that already has one built-in or purchase a telematics device that you can plug into the OBD-II port in your vehicle.

Connect the data dots with the help of a dash cam

The original need for a telematics solution was to provide the basic whereabouts on drivers but we all know that managing a fleet is more than just monitoring the “dots on a map” - you need to connect the dots to deliver the best customer experience you can, whether it is reducing window times or offering more competitive pricing by keeping overhead costs (ie. such as fuel costs and insurance premiums) low.  

While telematics can provide a wealth of data to make fleets safer and more efficient, it only tells part of the story. For instance, it will record hard braking, but is it aggressive driving behavior or was it to avoid an impending collision? If you want a more comprehensive account of what happened, you need video footage. By combining dash cameras with telematics data you get comprehensive vision-based evidence to validate insights from telematics systems.

Up until a year or so, the primary role of a dash cam was simply an extension of the office CCTV system - recording drives and capturing incidents that happen on or off the road. Dash cams were effective deterrents against poor driving behavior and provided evidence for disciplinary procedures, but you need more than just virtual eyes and ear - in other words, you need a dash cam that goes beyond just video recording.

Luckily, the advancement of technology, particularly GPS and Cloud connectivity, has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and efficiencies. For instance, fleet managers can now make route alterations to avoid congested roads on-the-fly. Cloud integration offers scope for instant alerts and notifications and thus transforming any vehicle into a “connected vehicle” on and off the road. Connected systems are much more useful than simply downloading footage after an incident.

How Cloud works for your fleet

1. Make relevant data-driven decisions

By studying saved tracking logs, video footage, and driving reports, you can learn more about specific routes and replicate itineraries or plan alternative routes to increase both time and fuel efficiency.

2. Track vehicle location and prevent unauthorized usage of vehicle

Take location and GPS tracking to the next level with Geofencing, a cloud-specific feature. You can set up geographic zones so you will be notified every time the vehicle arrives or depart the pre-selected location. You can use geofencing to narrow down the delivery time window and to prevent potential unauthorized usage of the vehicle. Behind schedule? You can communicate with drivers directly with an integrated two-way communication function for updates.

3. Real-time visibility for real-time assistance on driving events

Connectivity is key to getting the most from both the video and data collection, and with Cloud integration, fleet managers get real-time access to vehicle location and status, plus vehicle telemetry and a pair of live video feed. The ability to get a real-time view of the vehicle comes in handy especially in the event of an accident - you will be notified when impact is detected, whether the vehicle is on the road or parked, and it puts you in the position to assist the driver and the situation even when you’re miles away and away from your computer - there’s a mobile app for that!

4. Stay on top of high-risk driver behaviour

If you need to monitor how your drivers carry out their work, for compliance or other reasons, you can use the cloud dash cam to complete checks remotely. And don’t just see it, hear it as well. Dash cams can capture sound on recordings, offering you the chance to hear how your drivers speak to customers and others they interact with. And often, letting your drivers know they are being recorded helps reduce misconduct and bad behavior, drinking driving, cell phone use while driving and other unwanted behaviors on the job.

5. Easily investigate complaints

Use video evidence to defend your drivers and company from false claims and costly legal battles. Quickly investigate whether or not your driver was at a location at a specific time, and review the footage to get the full story.

6. Monitor vehicles and cargo with 24/7 surveillance

Dash cams with parking mode can continuously keep watch over your vehicles and cargo just like a security or surveillance camera. Should your vehicle be vandalized or your cargo stolen when the vehicle is unattended, your dash cam’s video footage will be vital evidence to submit to the authorities and insurance provider.

7. Everything is safe on the cloud

You cannot afford to lose important video footage. While a tamper-proof case can help you block physical access to the SD card and prevents unplugging of the power and coaxial cables, automatic cloud upload and storage give you the added level of protection in the event the dash cam is deliberately damaged or stolen.

8. Enrich your driver coaching programs

Video recorded by dash cams shows you everything before, during and after an incident, giving you more insights into the factors that may have contributed to the driver’s decision behind the wheel. This way, you can easily pinpoint which drivers need to learn and customize their driving training accordingly, and by personalizing their training program, you can make them more effective and productive. You can even incorporate the footage into your other driver coaching programs as examples of what not to do in given situations, etc.

Worried about the quality of video recording at night or low-light situations? Dash cams have built-in image sensors and image-enhancing technology engineered specifically for night vision to ensure quality footage at all times.

BlackboxMyCar as your Fleet Partner

Whether your main goal is to protect your drivers and vehicles, eliminate fraud attempts on your business, keep your drivers accountable, or reduce your insurance premiums, equipping your fleet vehicles with cloud-ready dash cams is a worthwhile investment.

BlackboxMyCar is your trusted partner when it comes to fleets - we have a track record of success with fleets, with satisfied customers like:

Our team of product experts are standing by to help. Give us a call at 1 (888) 978 6560 today.

Recommended dash cams for your fleet

Here are a few dash cams that we recommend, based on specific needs:

  • Thinkware U1000 4K UHD Dual Channel with RADAR Sensor: 4K recording resolution and energy efficient parking surveillance with radar motion detection offer the ultimate protection for your vehicle and cargo when the driver is not around.
  • BlackVue DR900S-2CH 4K Dash Cam: 4K recording resolution with strong cloud features to stay connected at all times.
  • BlackVue DR900S-2CH IR 4K Dash Cam: 4K recording resolution from the Front camera and Full HD from the In-Cabin camera to capture both activities on the road and in the vehicle.
  • BlackVue DR750S-2CH IR Truck: Full HD from the Front to capture the drive while the Full HD Rear camera monitors the activity behind the vehicle. The weatherproof rear camera is designed to be installed on the exterior of the vehicle, perfect for vehicles with tint or stickers on the back windshield.

Looking to equip your fleet with dash cams? Come talk to us, we offer fleet discounts!

Stay tuned

The bottom line is, fleet managers need a multi-channel, tamper-proof dashcam system and it needs to be a smart system and is remotely accessible, giving a comprehensive view of the vehicle and the road.

We have seen fleet managers purchasing a simple, low-cost dashcam system only to come back to us within months to replace all the units they purchased with systems that are more suited for the need of a commercial-spec system with remote connectivity. Getting the system right the first time will save you money, time and frustration in the long run, and reduce the risk of unnecessary losses or legal exposure.

Stay tuned as we will be reviewing the BlackVue Over-the-Cloud (and BlackVue Fleet Tracking) and Thinkware Cloud services in the coming week, including an in-depth look into the specifics and the setup procedure to help you make the most informed decision for your business.

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Why are these not more popular? Easy setup and operation. and will work to protect the system battery nicely.

It's a nice dashcam but I don't like the fact that I couldn't zoom into my videos on the phone app but only on a computer,so I sent it back and get the blackvue dr900s 2channel which is very awesome. But I really like the customer service at blackboxmycar, they are very helpful and answer all your questions.

Good but not perfect. But darn, they just announced an improved model!

Easy installation. I installed this to replace a 360 view dashcam that had terrible image quality. I’m very technically experienced and the app/install was not intuitive, but it all worked. Many of the online reviews that said the app was totally unusable seem a bit harsh. Image isn’t quite as crisp as I had hoped, but reasonably good. Candidly, the biggest disappointment is that the day after installing the camera, I received the announcement from BlackVue that they’ve announced at CES improvements to this camera and an even better 4GLTE camera! I depended on the advice from BlackboxMyCar and would have waiting for the updated models.

A must have for your car

The picture quality is great even in night mode very clear. A good investment for your safety.

Price and Quality sweet spot

My first dashcam, I installed with the additional 3-wire ACC kit in my 2010 Colorado Crew Cab. My only gripe is that I wish the rear camera could also be connected through the GPS module so that I don't have to disconnect the cable when removing the camera from my truck to look at footage. I find it easier to pop off the camera from the GPS mount, then connect with the supplied mini-USB cable to my laptop. Otherwise, the image and audio quality is really great, and it has all the necessary functions.

Really good dashcam, but......

Have really no complains withe the cam itself but the rear cam I can't use as the is no place to stick it to as the back of my truck is all fabric. If your gonna buy a dashcam that has front and rear cameras make sure there somewhere to stick it to. It would be nice if there were a small suction mount for rear camera as well. All in all I would recommend buying this dash cam!

love it

had mine installed Monday 1/20/2020 and it is working great

Hi John, thanks for leaving a review!
The best!

So professional and so knowledgeable. There was no question I had that they didn't have an answer for. They helped make my decision easy for what is a relatively expensive purchase.

Hi Kevin, thanks for leaving a review. Glad to hear that our team was able to help you out with all your needs!
BlackVue Power Magic EZ

Excellent products, prices and customer services very helpful.

Hi John, thanks for leaving a review! Let us know if you have any questions in the future.
2nd day of usage records crash

I installed two A119V3s - front and rear on my vehicle. I never got the chance to review any recordings. On the morning of the second day using them, while stopped at a STOP sign, I was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. I was pleasantly surprised to see that both units performed flawlessly.

What are the odds,lol?

During installation, I had a few questions which were quickly answered by the BlackboxMyCar staff. A truly professional business! BTW, video quality was excellent !!!

Hi TV, thanks for leaving a review! Glad to hear that you're loving your VIOFO, but even happier to hear that you're okay. Let's hope you don't get in any more accidents, but do reach out at anytime if you have any other questions.
Great camera setup, with one flaw...

Great camera setup, with one flaw...
I purchased the Viofo A129 Pro Duo with the Cellink Neo battery and HK3 ACC Hardwire kit, including an extra CPL filter for the rear camera. The video quality of the cameras are quite good. I've had four others made by Rexing and the Vantrue X1 and X3. The feel of these cameras are substantial, feels well made compared to others I've had and the mounts really hold. The CPL filters also appear to be made from quality materials and the wiring harnesses are excellent.

One of the features that I really wanted to take advantage of was the Auto Event Detection, while in parking mode. This feature buffers several seconds of video in memory ahead of an event so that when something does happen, it commits what is in memory to the microSD card and you don't lose the initial impact of the event. Otherwise, when nothing is happening, the camera is always watching but it is not writing to the microSD card. A great feature, but it does not work if you use the included GPS mount...what? So you have to decide, do you want GPS data or do you want Auto Event Detection; you can't have both!

I have sent a request to the support team to see if they can submit this as a future feature enhancement through a firmware update. I hope they can make that work, but for now this is why I can't give this a five star review.

Hi MWood, thank you for the feedback. We will keep that in mind and will relay that over to the VIOFO team as well. They do continuously upgrade their dash cam firmware, so we wouldn't be surprised if this gets addressed in the near future. Do let us know if you have any other feedback. Thanks for leaving a review!
Great camera setup, with one flaw...

I purchased the Viofo A129 Pro Duo with the Cellink Neo battery and HK3 ACC Hardwire kit, including an extra CPL filter for the rear camera. The video quality of the cameras are quite good. I've had four others made by Rexing and the Vantrue X1 and X3. The feel of these cameras are substantial, feels well made compared to others I've had and the mounts really hold. The CPL filters also appear to be made from quality materials and the wiring harnesses are excellent.

One of the features that I really wanted to take advantage of was the Auto Event Detection, while in parking mode. This feature buffers several seconds of video in memory ahead of an event so that when something does happen, it commits what is in memory to the microSD card and you don't lose the initial impact of the event. Otherwise, when nothing is happening, the camera is always watching but it is not writing to the microSD card. A great feature, but it does not work if you use the included GPS mount...what? So you have to decide, do you want GPS data or do you want Auto Event Detection; you can't have both!

I have sent a request to the support team to see if they can submit this as a future feature enhancement through a firmware update. I hope they can make that work, but for now this is why I can't give this a five star review.

Hi MWood, thank you for the feedback. We will keep that in mind and will relay that over to the VIOFO team as well. They do continuously upgrade their dash cam firmware, so we wouldn't be surprised if this gets addressed in the near future. Do let us know if you have any other feedback. Thanks for leaving a review!
Very Satisfied

Installation and setup was easy.

Hi David, thanks for leaving a review!
Easiest way

This plug is the easiest way to plug in your dash cam.
Shipped fast and was a good deal.

Hi Colin, thank you for leaving a review! Glad to hear that you love your purchase.
First Dash Cam purchase

After searching the internet for dash cam retailers, I settled on BlackBoxMyCar and I am very happy I chose them. I'm very pleased with my Viofo A129 Duo. I was able to have several questions answered on-line and that was a key factor in selecting my dash cam and BlackBoxMyCar. They will be my go to vendor for my next dash cam.

Hi John, thanks for purchasing from BlackboxMyCar. We're glad to have you as a happy customer :) Let us know at any time if you have any questions in the future.

VIOFO A119 V3 QHD+ Dash Cam

Hi Laenard, thanks for leaving a review!
Great item

Getting installed Monday 1/20/2020

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Very Satisfied

I purchased the suction cup mount to allow me to transfer my Viofo A119V3 between vehicles.

The A119 V3 fits very securely onto the suction cup mount. This mount is superior to those I have used with other devices e.g. GPS in that it offers adjustment in both tilting and rotating, both of which can be locked in position, and when coupled with the titling lens it is very easy to get the best position for the Dashcam.

I found it very easy to secure the mount to my windshield.

Recommended if you intend to move the Dashcam between vehicles or to rental cars.

Hi David, thanks for leaving a review! Glad to hear that the suction cup mount was exactly what you were looking for.
Right fit

I ordered a part for my new car , It all worked out thank you.

Hi Spencer, thanks for leaving a review. Glad to hear that it all worked out for you. Let us know if you have any questions!
Awesome Rideshare Setup!

First of all! Very nice and knowledgeable people at blackboxmycar! Second very nice setup with power magic pro wiring kit! Also very discrete design! Love the video quality! Especially at night with the Sony Starvis! Overall good setup! Can barely see the cams. Thanks again Blackboxmycar.com/BlackVue!!! 👍👍👍

Hi Eric, thanks for purchasing from BlackboxMyCar. Glad to hear that your dash cam worked out for you! Thanks for including pictures as well :) Looks great!
Very Good - not yet great. But getting there.

I purchased the BlackVue DR900S 2 channel with interior facing IR after an attempted theft of my 2019 F-150 Lariat. It was already a purchase I had been considering in order to add a layer of security during both active and passive vehicle usage and I didn't hesitate to go with BMC given the number of positive reviews.

After a fast and painless exchange via email, BMC matched a lower price point offer for the kit that I had found on the internet. BMC even included a slightly larger storage card. Shipping and receipt went smoothly.

If I can fault BMC it is in the install and "commissioning" of the dash cam. Though I had done a fair bit of research and certainly am not one to shy away from peeling off some trim or crimping some wires, there was no step-by-step guide to installation that would have given an illustrated and comprehensive explanation of the process; now, this information exists and I was able to access it, but it was still a bit of a patchwork construction and an installation that I thought might take one hour took 2 days.

All said, though, the system is now up and running, so far flawlessly, in my vehicle. There has been a lot of trial and error, but the dash cam community is helpful and all of the information is available. You just need to look for it.

I will post a video review of my installation shortly - including hardwired battery installation.

Hi Alexander, thank you for leaving a review! We're glad to hear that we were able to help you with your order. You brought up some great points, and we will definitely take your feedback to heart for the future. We hope that the dash cam works out for you. Please let us know if you have any questions in the future.

BlackboxMyCar Add-A-Fuse Kit

Hi Brian, thanks for leaving a review!
VIOFO A119 12V Auto Hardwire Kit

Quality hardwire kit with reasonable length to the A119 and to the 12V battery source. Voltage reducer is small enough to fit in small spaces with rounded corners for ease of fishing into place. Fuse holder streamlined but difficult to open at first, 2nd time ok.

Hi Chester, thanks for leaving a review! Glad to hear that you were able to figure it out and install your VIOFO. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!
the ONLY place I can find this replacement part online

Blackboxmycar is the only place I could find that sells the cigarette socket power output cable for the Cellink Neo.
Fast shipping. Item as described.

Hi J. Kim, we're glad to hear you were able to find what you were looking for at our store. Thanks for shopping at BlackboxMyCar!
Great Kit- Everything you need

Our techs were able to install the dash camera and the Power Magic Pro with no problem by using this Essential Kit. We've bought 13 units so far. Very pleased.

Hi Jennifer, thanks for leaving a review. We're glad to hear that you have found everything you need in our Essential Installation Kits. Thanks!