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.