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Black boxes for trucks

Croydon, UK: Smart Witness is showcasing at the CV Show next week at the NEC, Birmingham, its market leading black-box recorder for vehicles that provides vital, accurate information in the event of an accident, cutting insurance claim costs by as much as 50% and protecting operators against malicious and false claims.

“No other on-board recording system delivers benefits that include lower insurance costs, enhanced safety, driver appraisals and cloud upload to insurance brokers and companies allowing fast resolution of claims,” says Nick Plowman at Smart Witness.

Smart Witness will demonstrate how its on-board camera-based system provides fleet managers and haulage firms complete protection against the threat posed by fraudulent insurance claims.

It works by continuously and accurately recording braking and acceleration speeds and collision G-forces. But Smart Witness is far more than just an on-board camera recording video: it includes critical data about vehicle location, speed and deceleration.  And it comes with the software to allow users to upload data via the internet directly to insurance brokers and companies.

Smart Witness is linked to Google Earth and Google Maps so not only does the system provide positional data it also shows exact locations and road conditions, signage, and even road markings.  “Within two hours of an accident operators can submit a report to the insurer that shows exact location, vehicle speed, deceleration, road conditions, as well as video footage of the accident,” Plowman says.

“Speed is of the essence when it comes to dealing with insurance claims,” says Plowman.  “You cannot wait a day or two to post information: insurance companies need data immediately to stop escalation of claims in the event of an accident where it’s your fault. That instantly eliminates spurious car hire, injury and repair claims.With Smart Witness technology protecting you there should no longer be any 50/50 or ‘knock for knock’ claims,” Plowman says.

The camera digitally records the driver’s view onto SD cards providing operators with court-admissible evidence that protects against fraudulent claims and falsely accused driving offences.