The Importance of Integration When Looking at Fleet Management

BY URI TEVA, PRESALE SYSTEM ENGINEER

The market of video recording systems in the field of public transport has, in the past year, experienced a dramatic turnaround in terms of regulatory requirements and technologies.
There are many factors causing the change, for example: demographic changes in Western Europe, greater awareness among the public and the media, insurance companies that understand the advantages with the systems etc…
The new requirements pose major challenges to the heads of public transport companies, Fleet Managers, Law Enforcement and Insurance Companies.
An understanding is beginning to permeate that services such as Telematics, ADAS solution (e.g. Mobileye), GPS, Alarm Systems, Passenger Counting Systems etc. should not operate independently but rather work together as a single cohesive unit, under one administrative-managerial user interface which in turn presents a holistic solution for all the fleet’s needs.
In addition, it has become essential that to these systems a video component must be added. This add-on utilizes a variety of alerts and events triggered by all of the other systems and shows real-time on-ground events and uses a post-process analytics service to produce a deeper understanding of the fleets behavior and needs.
For example: A truck driver stops to siphon fuel from the tank – immediately, a clip of the side camera recording will be sent to show the driver’s fuel theft meanwhile a report will be generated and both will be sent automatically to the fleet manager.
The main challenge of managing the costs of hundreds, and even thousands of vehicles active at any given time and most of the day, is known and fleet managers around the world face the same operational requirements, that at the end of the day require attention to the details that can be seen usually only on the field and on the vehicles, themselves.
The correct way to approach this challenge is technological and begins, first of all, with standardization of the entire range of solutions in terms of management interfaces. Standardization allows, given the management interface, parallel data receipt from all of the tools of the fleet manager has, using advanced tools such as analytics and Big Data in real time, which allows for the timely prevention of human errors, understanding of the issues and ability to anticipate dangers and mishaps.
Another example – a certain driver is targeted as a fast driver, you can also see that he has a particularly high number of alerts in the ADAS and at the same time you can see a clip that at the time of the alerts he was talking on his phone while driving too close to the vehicle in front.
Everything happens automatically and in real time – the system notifies the fleet manager of an event and creates the clip. Post event system produce event reports at different cross-sections which allows to identify different behavior patterns. For example – that the driver talks on the phone while driving on highways thus increases the ADAS alerts.

In this example, we see the integration of several systems:
• A system that can isolate a single event from out of an entire fleet ADAS system
• A video recording system that can receive notifications from the ADAS
• A system that alerts the fleet manager in real-time
• System that pops up a video in real time and automatically (the clip itself)
• Analytics system which corals all the information that flows between all the systems in the fleet and automatically cross-references the data to produce a detailed report on each and every request.
SerVision is a development company specializing in an end-to-end developing and producing video solutions for vehicles.

Full disclosure: the writer is a Systems Engineer at SerVision Ltd.

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